June 24 and June 26
by Chris Bopst
Listening to Everwilde, I immediately think of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Simple Man.” The Chesterfield County country band is made up of the kinds of people the late Ronnie Van Zant wanted to immortalize in the song. The music they play is free of pretense and performed with a take-it-or-leave-it belief in self. The quintet’s no-nonsense, blue-collar approach is a refreshing reprieve from the obsessive narcissism that seems to have infected every aspect of our me-first, consumer culture. Led by guitarist and lead vocalist Daniel Nicholls, tunes from the band’s 2013 release, “Further Down the Line” — such as the barroom burner, “Spend My Time” and the tear-in-my-beer lament, “Too Good for Me” — are gritty, real and immediately memorable. Playing rock-tinged country music as it should be played, Everwilde performs twice this week — Wednesday, June 24, 7-10:30 p.m., at Sharkey’s Bar & Billiards, and Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.-midnight, at Sportman’s Restaurant & Lounge.