Expressions both hangdog and hopeful run through Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, the Baptist Generals’ sophomore album that was a decade in the making.
The band celebrates with a show Saturday night at Dan’s Silverleaf before heading out on tour with the Mountain Goats. Songwriter-guitarist Chris Flemmons is shown at 2012’s 35 Denton, the downtown music festival that he helped establish — and that commanded a chunk of his time and attention. Jackleg Devotional (out now on Sub Pop) finally commits to record some of the works Flemmons and his bandmates have been playing around town for years, bringing crowded barrooms to an appreciative hush.
Doses of strings, keyboard and loops demonstrate that these Baptist Generals have come a ways from their garage-folk guitar-and-guitarron origins, but there’s still plenty of heartfelt emotion — sad-sack plaints, jubilation and all. The album’s cast of players, many of them local, includes Paul Slavens, Jeff Ryan, Ryan Williams, Peter Salisbury, Stuart Sikes and Jason Reimer.
Saturday’s show starts at 9 p.m. at Dan’s, 103 Industrial St. Tickets cost $12 plus fees in advance, or $15 at the door. For tickets, visit www.danssilverleaf.com .