L.A. Music Scene Vets Turn out for Peter Case Benefit Salute


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A raft of stalwarts from L.A.s Americana music scene, including but not limited to those who started their careers at local clubs during the 1980s, turned up over the weekend at McCabes in Santa Monica.

During three nights of shows to salute the music of Peter Case and help him pay down the bills from his double bypass heart surgery in January.

T-Bone Burnett, Dave Alvin, Carla Olson, Stan Ridgway, Syd Straw and Phranc appeared along with such friends and admirers as Van Dyke Parks, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson and Bob Neuwirth.

Case, the one-time lead singer and songwriter for the Nerves and the Plimsouls and Grammy-nominated solo artist, played Blind Willie McTells Broke Down Engine Blues at Fridays show. He was backed by the Section Quartet on Sunday for A Million Miles Away and then reunited with the other members of the Plimsouls for Oldest Story in the World, while the numerous guests offered renditions of favorite Case songs or others chosen for the occasion.

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