Churchill 

When: Tue., Jan. 29, 8 p.m. 2013

What: The title track on Churchill’s 2012 Change EP and debut on A&M/Octone is a lush, compelling blend of wild west-tinged roots rock that starts slinky and picks up to a commanding swing with mandolin-driven melodies, percussive claps and texture, eerie rising calls and moaning backing harmonies, and the mesmerizing husk-rubbed drawl of keys player Bethany Kelly. She trades off lead vocals in Churchill with rhythm guitarist Tim Bruns, his strong tuneful tenor a nice counterpart to her sweeter higher tone and good for more pop-oriented alt country odes like “Ark in a Flood.” String maestro Mike Morter fleshes out the Denver quintet’s mix with picking, plucking and soloing on mandolin, banjo, guitar and ukulele, with strong rhythm section support from bassist Tyler Rima and drummer Joe Richmond.

— Leilani Polk

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