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Gordie Johnson (May 8)

Canadian musician Gordie Johnson, formerly of Big Sugar and now of the blues/rock trio Grady, somehow epitomizes his current home in Texas despite his northern roots. After 13 years and much success with Big Sugar in his homeland, Johnson—a staunchly patriotic sort—grew frustrated with Canadian radio for its mainstream tactics. Citing a need for a “more welcoming environment,” Gordie (now known as Grady) ex-patriated to the states and formed this twangy blues-rock band out of Austin, Texas. Sounding like a punk version of “cowboy metal,” Grady/Gordie has said that they sound “like Motorhead just got the job of backing up John Lee Hooker.” Grady’s debut album, Y.U. SO Shady?, dropped in 2005, followed up by 2007’s A Cup of Cold Poison, recorded at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio in Texas. The “Red Headed Stranger” himself has a guest appearance on the album. Grady comes to the Tralf Music Hall next Thursday (May 8). Doors open at 7pm