On Grant-Lee Phillips' most recent solo album, Walking in the Green Corn, the musician, best known for the years he's logged as frontman for influential Americana crew Grant Lee Buffalo, delves into his Native American roots. In that regard, it makes some sense his current tour would take him to Tree Bar, a music space marked by actual, physical roots.

On Grant-Lee Phillips’ most recent solo album, Walking in the Green Corn, the musician, best known for the years he’s logged as frontman for influential Americana crew Grant Lee Buffalo, delves into his Native American roots. In that regard, it makes some sense his current tour would take him to Tree Bar, a music space marked by actual, physical roots.

The songs on Green Corn bear the hallmarks of the work Phillips has released over his two-plus decades in music, including a poet’s eye for imagery, enviable patience (songs often stretch out like wide-open prairies) and a natural melodic sensibility. Phillips’ presence alone would be reason enough to recommend this show; that he performs with Giant Sand singer/songwriter Howe Gelb (give the album Chore of Enchantment a spin if you’re unfamiliar with the prolific musician) further sweetens the deal.

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