You know how Kevin Costner starred in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Do you remember the Bryan Adams song that was bigger than the movie itself? Of course you do! Now imagine that Kevin Costner somehow became Bryan Adams in real life, and you wouldn’t be too far off from the reality of Modern West, an Americana outfit founded by Mr. Costner and friends dedicated to churning out good ole Heartland Rock in the vein of Springsteen, Petty, Mellencamp, Henley and, yes, Adams. Three solid, unpretentious, albums and the hauntingly subdued soundtrack to the History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys miniseries in less than a decade represent a pretty good yield for any band, making it clear that this is no mere celebrity novelty project. Check them out—with Costner’s daughter Lily as opening act—at The Paramount if you like your bar bands to sound exactly like a bar band sounded in 1988—which is exactly how a bar band should sound.
Sun., April 13, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 9, 2014