Possessed by Paul James / D. Kosmo / Grifters & Shills
Rudyard's Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77006
Possessed by Paul James, D. Kosmo, and Grifters & Shills at Rudyard's British Pub. A night of redemption by fire, of amplified demons, and of deep blues.
POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES: One-man band Konrad Wert grew up in a Mennonite family, raised by preacher father and a piano player mother, which accounts for both the baptized-in-fire-soul and musical versatility heard in his gritty Old World music. Wert's mix of blues and vintage folk howls with a sense of explosive freedom and latent rage-not unlike an Amish kid emerging from the wilderness to discover America - that instills his simple guitar/fiddle/stomp-box arrangements with unusual passion. "His musical style can only be described as insanely invigorating. Audiences have witnessed him exercise his skill, which has been known to enchant and captivate, throwing all present individuals into fevered states of ecstatic jubilation. This guy is a master of the fiddle, guitar and banjo; he sings about life issues ranging from love and sexuality to demons, God, salvation and desperation, all performed with the same invigorating passion as he stomps his foot during each song for amplified percussive effect. When Wert is on stage, you will feel singled out among a room of enthused bystanders, as if he is speaking to you alone for the distinct purpose of mesmerizing your mind." -J. Payne DT Weekend 2008
D.KOSMO: “D. Kosmo sings dirty tunes from someplace down deeper than the devil.” David Garrick - Houston Press http://www.houstonpress.com/content/printView/9807870
GRIFTERS & SHILLS: High Lonesome Heavy Metal. Amplifyin' and testifyin' for your soul. His was hard rock and heavy metal. Hers was the classic sound of the East Texas piney woods. Theirs was a fiery collision, bearing forth a sound that was at once novel and instantly familiar--nodding to roots seated deep in high lonesome harmonies and back porch blues, while peering out at a scorched path bound by modern assertions and contemporary commentary. This two-person, dozen-instrument act provides a show full of sound a fury, punctuated with raw, quiet vulnerability. Come welcome them as they bring you back home. NEW ALBUM COMING IN NOVEMBER 2019.