Joe Rut

Laura Benitez

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00pm)

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July 26 8:00 pm

Joe Rut rolls into the Freight & Salvage to celebrate the Release of his 7th album, Nekkid. Joe’s quirky sense of humor underpins a heartfelt, richly lyrical and subtly hallucinatory Americana/Alt-country landscape. His funny songs can break your heart, and his sad songs can make you laugh. Comparisons have been drawn to Todd Snider, Josh Ritter, John Prine, and Loudon Wainright III. It is a deeply American music, although nobody seems to be guarding the border too closely (the guards apparently bribed with psychedelics to look the other way.)

Joe’s life on the road with is wunderdog Potato was recently interrupted by the theft of his touring van, instruments, and his infamous Pretty Good Book, an antique accounting ledger containing approximately 250 handwritten song lyrics.

“I was gonna call it ‘The Good Book’”, says Joe, “but it turned out that title was already taken,


Through perseverance and a dose of luck, the Pretty Good Book and Joe’s Dobro guitar were recovered (Hooray!!) and the new album Nekkid highlights recent songs from the book recorded live in 2018.


Joe Rut: “After the van was stolen, I spent 5 weekends handing out reward flyers at all of the flea markets and homeless encampments, not really expecting anything, but feeling like I had to try something. The loss of the book was devastating. There was no way I would ever remember all the lyrics written in it. Then one day, the phone rang. A homeless guy had found the book by the side of the road in Oakland!! I had to force the reward on him. He didn’t even want to take it. The next day I got a call about my Dobro!”

Joe’s Song “Dosey Doe” was voted #1 song on SomaFM’s Bootliquor Radio by listeners in September 2010, and his music (“Control Freak”) has been featured on NPR’s Undercurrents.

His song “Jelly Donut” inspired a feature about food-based songs in the SF Chronicle’s Datebook, and he has appeared in Guitar Player Magazine. Joe’s Dante-esque epic tragi-comedy “And The Horse I Rode In On” won “Best Song” in West Coast Songwriters Open Mic in June 2009. He was recently honored in Berkeley by a Joe Rut Cover Night, in which local artists took turns playing his songs.

Come celebrate the return of The Pretty Good Book, and the release of Nekkid! All proceeds go towards outfitting a new touring van.


And whiskey.


Lots of whiskey.


And probably some donuts.

Laura Benitez

Singer/Songwriter Laura Benitez uses the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Taking her musical cues from the heavily rock-influenced Bakersfield sound, and her lyric inspiration from her favorite songwriters Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, Laura's songwriting is strikingly spare and straightforward. On her 2018 album "With All Its Thorns," recorded with her band, the Heartache, she delves deeper into country music's tradition of storytelling with songs about betrayal ("Secrets"), murder ("In Red"), and grief ("Ghostship"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between.

John Amen of No Depression says, "Benitez and the Heartache strike their own persuasive balance, offering songs that will engage conventionalists and hybridists alike; in the process, honing an undeniable presence that...will only grow more finely tuned." Lloyd Sachs, author of T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit, says "What a lovely sense of ease Benitez has. She makes familiar form sound fresh, no mean achievement at this point in the so-called roots movement."
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