What’s better than Big Star and the Freewheelers? A little bit of both, of course. On Friday, February 24, the GMan Tavern will welcome two legendary artists, joining forces under the name of the Those Pretty Wrongs. Jody Stephens of Big Star, and Luther Russell of the Freewheelers have become music writing partners while promoting the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, and are now set to embark on a winter tour, aptly named How Cold is it Gonna Be?, throughout the midwest.
Their start was small. Stephens and Russell originally released two songs; these received so much acclaim that they continued on their music-writing journey. With enough songs to fill an album, the duo decided to move forward and craft an innovative record. Recorded on 2″ tape in Memphis, the record is infused with wistful nostalgia; it was recorded using a lot of vintage Big Star equipment, including guitars from #1 Record.
This album also features Stephens’ vocals as lead, for the first time. Ever. Stephens and Russell wrote all of the songs, each stemming from deeply personal experiences from both the past and present. Check out the unique sound of this legendary pair for yourself this Friday evening at the GMan Tavern, located at 3740 N. Clark Street. This 21+ show begins at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets cost $15.