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Tom Jones

Fri., May 2, 2014, 6:30pm   get tickets

ACL Live at the Moody Theater

310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

www.acl-live.com

Aside from thrusts, gyrations, and a stage carpeted with ladies undergarments, 73-year-old Tom Jones maintains a corner office at the vanguard of blue-eyed soul. His extraordinarily versatile voice transcends generational boundaries and turns cover songs into thrilling rediscoveries. On 2012’s Spirit in the Room, the gray-maned Welshman taps newfound layers of eclectic, spiritual depth in place of high-registered acrobatics. In addition to a bellowing, definitive version of Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me,” he hat-tips Texas with Blind Willie Johnson’s “Soul of a Man” and Mickey Newbury’s “Just Dropped In.”

– Greg Beets
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