If you thought Iron and Wine's sleepytime hush was out of place coming from Miami, you'll be shocked at the true-blue, back porch country wail of the Down Home Southernaires.
Composed of members of part-time experimental jazz-rockers Pygmy, the Southernaires' boot scoot boogie creaks and twangs with old yokel vocals, tender fiddle, electric and acoustic strumming, and gothic organ. Frankly, it's a stylistic 180, but there's enough reverence for the old-time religion -- that is, traditional Americana groups like the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers revived -- to keep the Southernaires from slipping into indie-rock irony. Their newer material digs into the Southern soul vein of Booker T and the MGs, a great counterpoint for their original moonshine boondoggle. Keep an eye out for their upcoming album, and don't forget that these backwoods hayseeds come from the streets of the Magic City.
The Down Home Southernaires play at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Lounge, 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. The show is free. Call 561-655-9747.