Catch the BoDeans at Song­birds

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Any­one who has fol­lowed the BoDeans’ 30-year ca­reer knows that the band’s built a loyal fol­low­ing with its blend of com­pelling songs and high-en­ergy per­for­mances.

While fa­mous for hard-rock­ing shows, the band is cur­rently play­ing a hand­ful of se­lect mar­kets in lis­ten­ing rooms for a more in­ti­mate ver­sion of their clas­sics. Such a stop is planned in Chattanooga when the BoDeans play Song­birds Gui­tar Mu­seum on Wednesday night, Oct. 18.

Best known for the catchy sin­gle, “Closer to Free,” the band’s adult al­ter­na­tive sound has led to mul­ti­ple hon­ors. These in­clude a Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for Best New Amer­i­can Band in 1987, sup­port slots with U2, Bob Dy­lan, Paul Si­mon, Tom Petty, Ge­orge Thoro­good, The Pre­tenders, David Bowie and nu­mer­ous oth­ers.

The BoDeans have ap­peared at Farm Aid, Sum­mer­fest, ACL Festival and had TV guest spots on “Saturday Night Live,” “To­day,” CNN and ESPN. The band also has a per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Mu­seum.

Their sin­gle, “Hey Pretty Girl,” was used in an episode of “Daw­son’s Creek” and “Close to Free” was the theme song for the TV se­ries “Party of Five.” More re­cently, BoDeans mu­sic was fea­tured in the Net­flix original se­ries, “The Ranch.”

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