Preview: New Riders of the Purple Sage at Woodlands

From the October 20, 2011 edition

Believe it or not, some of California’s country rockers of the 1960s are still kicking, namely New Riders of the Purple Sage, who’ll roll into Woodlands this Sunday. Never mind that David Nelson is the only remaining original member of the rollicking band that once featured Jerry Garcia.

To be fair, pedal steel player Buddy Cage has been in the fold since 1972, so this tour basically features two original members. And perhaps that’s all you need to catch a glint of that era, particularly if this newfangled lineup can harmonize half as sweetly.