|Rock 'n' Roll poet Michael Ubaldini|
Ubaldini, who hosts the popular monthly series, typically performs with his tremendous honky tonk outfit Michael and the Lonesome Playboys at significantly larger venues across the Southland. However, the "Outlaws of Folk" series gives the Fountain Valley resident a chance to present his literate songs in a stripped down solo setting while also providing him the chance to invite top-tier pals to perform with him on the same bill. This night was particularly special with Serby (who I last caught at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio in May 2011) and Gleason (who recently relocated from Nashville, TN to Pasadena, CA) joining in for what ultimately made for a brilliant night of original acoustic music.
Ubaldini also used the occasion of an eight-song set to debut several new songs slated for a future album release. Particularly memorable was the lovely country ballad "Rosewood Night" as well as the fast-paced "Sweet Old Riddle" and rollicking "The Outlaw Kind." Accompanied by his acoustic guitar, he also added virtuoso harmonica play on the winning "Jean Harlow." He closed his set with the rousing rocker "Walk Through Fire." Ubaldini crafts songs that are both accessible and intelligent; the icing on the sonic cake is his straightforward presentation of those gems with a musical and lyrical depth that draws easy comparisons with the depth of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. But the voice is clearly Ubaldini's own. Visit Ubaldini's official Web site for more information.
|Dave Gleason closed out the night at Alta Coffee|