Heather Luttrell and the Possumden are as entertaining as a show can be.
For Heather’s Birthday Make-Up Show (3 months late,) she is playing with her entire Possunden – her daddy Ralph Lutrell on dobro and guitar, her uncle on bass, and Craig Henderson on drums.
Things started off with a short opening set from Jed Drummond, an acoustic solo artist. He started out a little rough, just a bit off-key, but soon hit his groove and gave an interesting performance, doing a particularly good job on Tom Waits’ “Chocolate Jesus” and Jphnny Paycheck’s chilling “Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone To Kill.”
Then Luttrell came on with the Possumden and it was all delightful for the next couple of hours as Luttrell told stories, kidded around with her band, sang, and showed off her skills on guitar, banjo, and kazoo. Drummer Craig, who also travels with her on tour, added harmonies and sometimes commentary.
I don’t know which is more enjoyable, the stories or the songs but make no mistake, this is a tight band and this woman can sing! it’s a rich blend of Americana and blues, originals like “Perfect Day” and fabulous covers like “Love Me Like A Man” and “Who’s Gonna Raise These Babies?” which is a perfect Americana rave-up.
They smash through genres to get to the good stuff. They inhabit the stage with the ease of people who’ve spent years there (Heather grew up traveling with her daddy’s bluegrass band, which was called Possum Trot.) Heather Luttrell and the Possumden will charm you and thrill you. Saturday night, they did just that at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues in Sandy Springs.