James Intveld at Lake Alice Trading Co., Saturday, November 8

Posted November 6, 2008 in

Independent country-rockabilly thriller James Intveld operates at an altitude very few of his colleagues are capable of reaching. Of course, Intveld was born to it, raised on a steady, parental administered musical diet of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell Elvis Presley and Dean Martin. Exposure to those consummate honky-tonk, rock and pop idols seem to have ingrained a remarkable degree of influence and abiding respect in the kid, and Intveld, who has been performing since his late 1970’s high school days, has consistently refined and expanded upon that elemental big beat bedrock. It’s served him well, as the in-demand club draw significantly crossed over to film and television, supplying the vocals for Johnny Depp in the John Water’s trash-a-thon classic Cry Baby, moving on to acting jobs on the small and big screen, and most impressively, directing the 2006 Western Miracle at Sage Creek, starring David Carradine. But Intveld is a musician, first and foremost, one whom—like X’s Billy Zoom—has never allowed a feverish appreciation for rockabilly to limit him. Artistically, Intveld’s been charting some impressive new territory; just check his current Have Faith CD, which opens with a penetrating version of unsung California country architect Wynn Stewart’s “It’s Such a Pretty World,” spins through some solid, engrossing original ballads and climaxes with the stunning, self-penned gospel number “Walk with Me,” a demonstration of his superior interpretive gift as both writer and vocalist, elevated further by the Jordanaires impeccable, old-school quartet harmonies. Intveld’s as serious as he is sincere, and that combination is flat-out unbeatable. (Jonny Whiteside)


Axle’s Hot Rod and Rockabilly Party with James Intveld at the Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 ½ University Ave., Riverside, (951) 686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com. Sat., Nov. 8, 9PM. $12


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