Tonight, Todd Mack performs at Oliver’s in Collegetown. The Atlanta-based “folk‘n’ roller” has been playing up and down the East Coast since 1988, both as a solo act and with the five piece Cosmic Gypsies.
Mack just released a new album, “Looking For Leon,” for Dog Driver Records. It has a nicel rough-hewn fell, one that places Mack’s gritty vocals and powerful acoustic guitar strumming front and center in the mix. Congas, harmonica, fretless bass and fiddle also pop up occasionally to maintain the homespun atmosphere.
Lyrically, Mack has a knack for penning thought-provoking lyrics, such as on “Jesus and the Old Man” and the poignant “Younger Days.” Mack lists Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, neil Young and Loudon Wainwright III among his influences, and judging from this first release, he’s on his way to keeping their company.
There will be a small cover charge for tonight’s show, which runs from 9 p.m. to midnight. Call 273-9720 for more information.