Neptune Theatre University District
Thurs Jan 17, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
Your favorite Monkee is now 76, but he appears to be in good shape after quadruple bypass surgery and ready to share his classics-laden songbook with legions of aging fans who adored the enduringly goofy TV show and diehards who followed his more obscure solo peregrinations in the 1970s. With the Prefab Four, Nesmith was the most legit musician, a songsmith possessed of rustic melodic beauty and lyrical poignancy. Monkees-era tunes such as “Door into Summer,” “Mary, Mary,” “You Just May Be the One,” and “Sweet Young Thing” could stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the Beatles’ A-minus material. Nesmith’s solo output reaffirmed his status as an important contributor to the country-rock canon, and 1979’s Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma revealed his openness to hard rock and disco-fied dance music.