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Take in a twin blues bill with Bees Deluxe and the Barrett Anderson Band at The Burren

The groups will co-headline at the Somerville venue Jan. 14.

Bees Deluxe

Blues may be at the center of what Bees Deluxe and the Barrett Anderson Band will be performing at their double feature Back Room Burren gig, but each act is known to play around in different corners of the genre.

Bees Deluxe, the quartet fronted by singer-guitarist Conrad Warre, is often referred to (by Warre) as purveyors of acid blues, but it’s more accurate to say that they’re into a mix of pop blues, jazz blues, and blues rock. Moving back and forth between vocals and instrumentals, they could, in one set, fire up a Warre original such as his poppy-bluesy “Nitro,” then segue into a cover of Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy Mercy Mercy.”


One thing for sure at a Bees Deluxe show is that no two songs in a row will sound or feel alike. In Warre’s words, “We’re changing all the time, so there’s a constant flow of ‘this is a new taste.’”

The sometimes four-piece, sometimes five-piece Barrett Anderson Band first formed in 2003, shortly after singer-guitarist Barrett Anderson finished his three-year stint in Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.

Anderson claims blues masters Magic Sam and Junior Wells, along with the uncategorizable guitar work of Jimi Hendrix, as early influences, and his original songs sit somewhere on the music spectrum where blues and roots sounds come together.

The band’s newest live album, “HypnoBoogie,” has plenty of those originals, but the covers on it include Bo Diddley’s “Mona” and the J. Geils Band’s “(Ain’t Nothin’ But a) House Party.”

No doubt, it’ll be a wide-ranging night of blues-plus at The Burren.

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