Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Deaf as a post. . .
|Tonight I went to see The Kentucky Headhunters. |
Country Rock n' Roll is not dead nor doth it sleep. The Headhunters are three excellent guitar players and a drummer that could run Lance Armstrong into the ground.
They play juke joint, honky tonk, versions of "Bill Munroe's -Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine.", "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line", "Let's Work Together", "House of the Rising Sun", "Ballad of Davy Crockett", "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Spirit In The Sky". They round it out with their own hits "Dumas Walker's", "Ragtop Automobile", and "It's Chitlin Time". The round out their 90 minute straight set with a ten minute drum solo where "Frank", the coonskin cap wearing drummer, rolls through everything that you can do on a drum kit with 2 tom toms, a snare, and two base drums augmented with a huge crash cymbal, a high hat with tamborine attached, and 3 glissandos. Frank has the most amazing drum kit ever seen on a concert stage. It's honestly pieced together of drums with Christmas logos on them, a highschool bass drum, and a bass boat sparkly green snare.
The high point of the evening was when Frank, sans hat, tossed away the drumsticks to play his kit bare handed. He smacked the cymbals, tom toms, and snare like a shaman calling up the spirits.
Frank's drum solo has me on the web looking for a live recording.
Take that much honky tonk and shove it into the 200 seat Annapolis Ramshead Showroom and you wind up deaf as a door post. The waitstaff were handing out complementary ear plugs. And, I do have to admit, my new seat on the left hand side of the stage had bad acoustics. The vocalists got lost a lot of the time. It didn't help that fierce and fabulous Frank didn't play in a fish bowl and he blasted us all back a few feet.
Somewhere in the middle of the show the band threw in the Green Acres Theme, Elvis Presley's "That's All Right Mama.", "Hey Bo Diddley", and the begining of "Johnny B Goode".
For an encore the guys did a Beatles medley.
If you thought rock was dead, It's alive and well with the Kentucky Headhunters.
The boys still sport jeans and manes of long curly hair. They remind me of one of my beloved 1970's boyfriends would look like now, if he hadn't gone bald and drank himself to death.
The Headhunters announced they were on a trip to a gig in Canada and would be playing the House of Blues in Jersey on the way.
Something about the price of diesel topping $4.19 a gallon. I hope they stay off of 695, some exits are showing diesel at 5 bucks a gallon.
Their big grey tour bus was parked outside. When I staggered, tingling and deaf from the performance I noticed the driver was sprawled out on the sofa watching Iron Chef America on the big screen.
I took the long way home, driving up the interstate with the sunroof open and the XM radio cranked loud enough to jar the rear view mirror.
Dispite my middle class, middle aged exterior, I too an a headhunter. A Kentucky Headhunter.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Drive Ins and Lullabyes
Haven't heard from you, so I'm hoping your still here on the physical plane.
No fair to run in front of the ice cream truck first!!!!
Things have been rolling along like usual. I had my car accident for the year last Thursday.
The Sable is ok. New bumper needed. I got whiplash. I'm considering having the car painted
a combination of safety orange and dayglo pink.
I miss the Thunderbird. Nobody touched me in the Thunderbird. It was a big, beautiful, shiny white tank with velour upholstery and a sleeper engine. I regularly scraped Mini-Coopers out of the front wheel wells.
The house has a mysterious leaking pipe behind the brick wall. I'm thinking of
breaking out the divining rods before the contractor arrives. He's thinking he'll have to cut holes in the brick from the outside. Oh Joy!
I've opened up a Flickr photo sharing account. I'll let you know when I get some
pix up there.
Bengies is open for the season. I've been twice. Can't resist it. Cars and movies, my two favorites. They even played "Da Do Ron Ron" while I was driving out there on Friday night. Made me think of one of my other favortes. :)
Take care of you.