Photo by Mike Drzal

This just in from Dave Hause‘s tour van, heading our way from points west: joining him on guitar for his XPoNential Music Festival appearance on Saturday evening will be one of his current tourmates: Brian Fallon of New Brunswick, NJ rockers The Gaslight Anthem. Hause hinted at this yesterday, tweeting “Getting fired up to play @wxpnfm festival on Saturday. Gonna be full band, but im gonna need to find a guitar player….”, following up with “Guitar players. Guitar players. Well, I am riding on the bus with a few of them after all….” Today, he was more direct:

To me, the pairing couldn’t be more perfect. Both artists have roots in DIY punk rock, both broadened their sound over time with excursions into Americana tones and ambitious pop-rock arrangements, and both have a natural knack for hooky songwriting and singalong anthems. The only thing that could make this more of an insanely satisfying collaboration is if some of The Menzingers somehow hopped onboard, but that might be too much awesome for me to take. As it is, I’m calling it: Hause’s set on Saturday is sure to be a sleeper hit of XPoNential Festival. Below, you can see Hause starring in The Gaslight Anthem’s video for “Bring It On,” and download an exclusive acoustic version of “C’Mon Kid” that he recorded for The Key last year. Dave Hause, backed by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, plays The Key Stage of the Susquehanna Bank Center at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.