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Vandoliers, straight from the heart of Texas, fuse country, punk and more

The members of Vandoliers call themselves “Converse cowboys,” but their hard-driving music sounds better-suited for Doc Martens and cowboy boots.
The members of Vandoliers call themselves “Converse cowboys,” but their hard-driving music sounds better-suited for Doc Martens and cowboy boots.
(Photo by Mike Brooks / Courtesy Bloodshot Records)

Mississippi singer-songwriter Cory Branan will have his work cut out for him Tuesday night at the Soda Bar.

While Branan is the putative headliner, he may face a steep challenge taking thee stage after Vandoliers, the hard-driving Texas band with which he is now on a co-headlining tour.

Hailing from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this six-man group draws from country, punk-rock, Tex-Mex and more. What results is a rollicking mix that suggests Josh Fleming, Vandoliers’ energetic leader (and a former barber), is as well-versed with the music of Joe Ely as he is with that of Social Distortion.

Formed in 2015, Vandoliers have released three albums, each better than the one before it. All three suggest that it is on stage in a nightclub, honky-tonk or otherwise, that Fleming and his band mates will make their strongest impression.

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Cory Branan + Vandoliers: 9 p.m. Wednesday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights. $12 (advance), $15 (day of show); must be 21 or older to attend. (619) 255-7224. sodabarmusic.com.


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