Twangsmith Sid Griffin is still making music 

Here’s one to jog your memory.

Kentucky-bred, Los Angeles-based twangsmith Sid Griffin used to be an S.F. regular with his band The Long Ryders, who helped launch the alt-country movement several years ago. But then the man moved to England, became an author and broadcaster, and began catering to a more appreciative English audience with his next outfit The Coal Porters.

The group started when he met standup comedian Neil Robert Herd, then grew to include new Canadian fiddler Carly Frey, attorney/bassist Andrew Stafford and brand-new banjo plucker John Breese.

And although The Coal Porters actually flew to Colorado to track their recent “Durango” album, a lot of stateside fans probably never heard it. Or were even aware that Griffin — who rarely makes it over here to tour — was still active at all.

But he and the Porters are hitting California next month for a reminder tour, with two dates in his old hometown of L.A., one May 1 at Coachella and a rare San Francisco gig at the Hotel Crescent’s Burrit Room on Friday, April 29.

Be there to welcome Griffin back.

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