When Aaron Beavers heard Al Perkins was in the audience during one of Shurman's shows, the L.A.-based band's frontman was flattered. He went from flattered to floored when Perkins—the man credited for introducing Gram Parsons to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards—came backstage and said he'd be happy to contribute his considerable guitar talents to Shurman anytime. They took him up on his offer, and it's Perkins' lap and pedal steel plucking that can be heard on Shurman's latest release, Waiting for the Sunset.
Meeting and playing with Perkins—who told Beavers he has that "special something" that all great guitar players/singers/songwriters are born with—is just one of the fortuitous events that have befallen the Americana/country/rock band. But it's not just dumb luck that has Beavers and his band at a level at which they count people like Perkins and Lucinda Williams as friends. "We give 100 percent ... no ... we give 120 percent all the time," Beavers said. "We play so much," he said, "our manager says we'd play the opening of an envelope."
A schedule that included over 250 shows last year alone, can cause even the strongest to fall. Both guitar player Nelson Blanton and drummer Damon Allen left the band, but rather than see that as a problem, Beavers said it allowed for Shurman to be infused with a fresh, new energy. Joining Beavers and longtime bassist Keith Hanna are British ex-pat Darren Edwards on drums and guitarist Jesse Duke (who was recommended to Beavers by Williams). This will be the band's second time in Boise, and if this show is anything like the last time they were here, I'm taking the day after off from work.
Opening for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, 7:30 p.m., $14. The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., 208-345-6605.