Fats Kaplin Presents Roy Book Binder
The 5 Spot
Wed, Oct 4 2023
You may know Fats Kaplin from his stints with acts like Jack White, John Prine or his own Fats Kaplin Gang. But back in the 1970s, long before he was one of the most sought-after multi-instrumentalists in Music City, he was a 17-year-old kid heading out on the road for the very first time with acoustic blues maestro Roy Book Binder. Somehow, 50 or so years later, both musicians are still at the top of their game, and Book Binder, who turns 80 the day after this gig, still hits the road regularly. Book Binder learned from the greats — he traveled with the Rev. Gary Davis in the late ’60s, and he’s also toured with Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Hot Tuna, J.J. Cale and Bonnie Raitt. He’s also quite the raconteur, sharing tales with wry humor when he’s not singing over his deft fingerpicking acoustic guitar work. Stop in for the early show at The 5 Spot to check out these two fine musicians, witness the magical rapport that can only come with decades of collaboration, and don’t forget to wish Roy a happy 80th birthday.