Sat Apr 20th, 8:00 pm
Jimmer Podrasky is an American singer-songwriter who was the founder and frontman of the pioneering Alt-Country/Americana band, The Rave-Ups. In the mid-80s, Jimmer and the band received national critical acclaim for their mix of rock, country, punk and pop, all filtered through a songwriter’s poetic sensibility. They performed their college-radio hit “Positively Lost Me” in the teen classic Pretty in Pink and later released two more critically-acclaimed albums on Epic Records. In 1990, the band split up and Jimmer focused on his life as a single father raising a young son.
“Podrasky’s best songs revolve around a questioning of contemporary values. He writes a lot about alienation and suburban blues, though not in predictable fashion…a rare find.”
-Robert Hilburn Los Angeles Times
In 2014, his son now a grown man, Jimmer returned to recording and releasing new music as a solo artist. The Would-Be Plans was his debut album; produced by Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam’s longtime drummer), the album and its follow-up, God Like the Sun, received rave reviews around the world. Jimmer went on to write and record Shoulder To Cry On, an EP of duets with singer Syd Straw. In 2019, he released an album of mostly alt-rock songs called Almost Home Again. The Rave-Ups reunited briefly in 2022 and released Tomorrow on Omnivore Recordings; the critics once again praised the band’s unique mix of punk, country, rock and pop.
“Podrasky captures the kind of heart and hurt that people like Bob Dylan used to, and does it so naturally he sounds born to run. This is a man whose best songs could have been written in blood, and are sung in a voice that sounds like he’s using it to make bail. Irresistible.”
-Bill Bentley Bentley’s Bandstand
This special night at the legendary McCabe’s will feature Jimmer playing and singing songs that span his forty-plus years as a writer and performer.