9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson Ave.
“Down the Hatch” is an important debut release for more than just the duo of Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White, who go by The Damn Quails. It’s indie label 598 Recordings’ (Chance Sparkman and Mike McClure) first long player, and a product of a prodigious amount of homegrown talent.
And like the Drive-By Truckers-inspired album art, they pull off bad-ass rock with ease. It comes so naturally between muffled harmonicas and Red Dirt licks on “Better Place to Stop.” I just wish they’d have pumped another song like “Midnight Swagger” somewhere into the middle of the record.
The Damn Quails perform Saturday at The Deli, 309 White St. in Norman.