Classic country, comedy on tap at Steve’s

Aspen Times StaffAspen,CO Colorado
Aspen's Barry Smith performs his one-man show, "American Squatter," at Steve's Guitars in Carbondale on Saturday. (Aspen Times file)

CARBONDALE Honky Tonk and comedy hit the stage at Steves Guitars in Carbondale this weekend, where The Billy Pilgrims promise an eclectic country/bluegrass set Friday and Aspen irreverent funny man Barry Smith returns to the listening room on Saturday.The Billy Pilgrims should look, if not sound, familiar to local audiences. The quartets Erin and Aaron Youngberg (bass and banjo/pedal steel, respectively) and David Richey (guitar, vocals) are former members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which, too, has played at Steves. Theyre joined by Caleb Roberts (mandolin and electric guitar), formerly with Open Road and Slim Cessnas Auto Club.Claiming influences ranging from country icons Buck Owens, Hank Williams and Ray Price to the vintage bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers/Flatt and Scruggs genre, its a good bet The Billy Pilgrims set will feature both acoustic bluegrass and electric, classic country.Aspen humorist Barry Smith, too, is no stranger to Steves. He performed four of his multimedia, one-man shows over four consecutive weeks in the listening room last spring. On Saturday, hes back for a reprise of American Squatter a tale of Smiths adventures after he dropped out of college and headed to London, where he lived squatted in filthy flats for a year. Punk rock, drugs and a father with an obsession for cleaning are all part of the story, which, of course, Smith relates with the help of photos and video.Show time both nights is 8:30 p.m.; admission is $10 at the door. Call 963-3304 to reserve seats.