Necessary Music Productions has been able to add a couple of local filler dates this weekend to a tour by Arkansas and Ontario, Canada based songwriter Dylan Earl & The Reasons Why. These guys come recommended by Will Mallett of The Mallett Brothers Band, which has played quite a few shows with them in Arkansas over the last few years. Dylan Earl & The Reasons Why just released their first EP on Los Angeles’ Play Yah Records and were just in L.A. to record and film their first video (linked below).

First up is a Saturday evening concert Aug. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flatbread Company, Route 1 in Rockport. This show is a great chance for all ages (kids and elders) to appreciate this act on the rise. Those who prefer their post-country/Western in barrooms filled with like-minded folks should ctach the band when it plays at Cuzzy's in Camden for a foot-stompin' good time Sunday night, Aug. 28. They will play a couple sets of acoustic music beginning around 10 p.m.

The band is primary vehicle for the musical talents of Dylan Earl ,who grew up in Lake Charles, La., and has been performing in and around Little Rock, Ark., for the last few years with his band Swampbird (which has been compared to Son Volt & The Drive-By Truckers). This new project has given him the opportunity to develop his more polished and traditional lyric and vocal style with a very clear and honest influence from Mike Cooley of the North Alabama-based Drive-By Truckers.

Along with an almost eerie echo of the recently departed Okie music legend Merle Haggard, who defined Outlaw Country in the early 1960s before Nashville figured out how to package it commercially, these Mallett buddies also will be appearing during the day Saturday at the Squashed Warehouse benefit concert to support a local punk music show space in Windsor.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or