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Magic City Blues

Fans cheer for Sons of Fathers at Magic City Blues. The three-day concert festival is Aug. 8-11 and will feature Blues Traveler, the Steve Miller Band and the Robert Cray Band, among many other performers. For information, go to magiccityblues.com.

^pSons of Fathers are returning to play Magic City Blues Aug. 9 and 10. Their May 29 show scheduled for the Railyard Ale House has been canceled.

Sons of Fathers recently followed up their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut with “Burning Days,” produced by Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Uncle Tupelo) in April 2013. The record’s 10 tracks find the band’s deep American roots blossoming with vines of sonic Texas power, ragged rock, and punk defiance, all wrapped around “airtight harmonies,” according to the Austin Chronicle.

Frontmen David Beck and Paul Cauthen have also been described as “The Everly Brothers meets Neil Young and Merle Haggard and The Clash.”

Beck was raised in San Marcos, Texas, the son of Bill Whitbeck, a renowned touring bassist with Robert Earl Keen. As a youngster hanging out on tour buses and in studios, Beck witnessed the ups and downs of the music business from an early age.

“It was a different lifestyle for a young son. Dad was always on the road for business. ...But what my dad did was make it a natural deal to play music. It wasn’t strange to me.”

Sons of Fathers released their self-titled debut in 2011 and earned immediate notice from critics around the country. The Wall Street Journal praised their “tight, heartfelt vocal style,” while NPR’s World Café called them “bold” and “powerful,” and WXPN described their music as “nothing short of moving.”

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.