As the frontman for Fort Worth rock group the Toadies, Vaden Todd Lewis is used to his rasping scream getting delivered in a noisy, bashing wash of guitar.
But the Kirtland Records artist, who didn’t let the Toadies’ 1994 hit album Rubberneck lure him to Los Angeles, has been on a short solo tour of late.
Lewis’ intensity is still there, and his sandpaper tenor still punches the chorus (“Do you want to die?”) to satisfaction, but on this latest jaunt, Lewis is accompanying himself on guitar.
Even though Lewis has been around the record-making block before, the artist comes off really fresh and plenty personable in Kirtland’s tantalizing videos of his performances thus far.
Lewis is treating audiences to some of the songs they love — including “Possum Kingdom,” the most popular of the Toadies’ work, and “Magic Bullet” from last year’s Play.Rock.Music. — but he’s also testing out some untried music, too. (Our curiosity is utterly piqued about the song he introduces as a story about a hitchhiker who won’t “shut up about the Beatles and the Stones.” The unlucky driver? He’s on his way to Graceland, and this guess is spitting on his blue suede shoes with all this Brit rock love.)
Lewis performs Friday night at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Stephen Beatty opens the show, which starts at at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. For advance tickets, visit www.danssilverleaf.com .
— Lucinda Breeding