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- DUSTIN CHAMBERS
- Shitty Bedford, on guitar, helped put tunnel shows on the map — sort of.
Best Show Off the Beaten Path — Traversing the same smoke-filled dives to have your eardrums blown out every night can get a bit predictable. Groping in the darkness, somewhere out on the Beltline, in search of secret "tunnel shows" ranked among the most refreshing experiences of the year. Poison ivy and twisted ankles aside, once you've made it to the campfire to hear derelict folkies such as Gashy, Pony Bones, and Shitty Bedford bark at the moon and bang away on out-of-tune steel strings, it absolutely reaffirms the cathartic and spiritual powers of music in the raw. — CR
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