Here is a track by Left Lane Cruiser that was written about the first DBF ever:
Here is some stuff I’ve been sitting on that I’m not gonna be able to make a full post out of but I think might interest some of y’all:
- In an interview posted on his web site, Chuck Ragan confirmed that he is currently working on the follow-up to his solo debut, Feast or Famine. No title or expected release date have been announced.
- In the same interview Chuck confirms that a sequel to the Revival Tour is also in the works. Unfortunately, Chuck was mum on who would be playing; even hedging on confirming his own presence on the tour.
- This years Deep Blues Festival takes place from July 15 to July 19 in Minneapolis, MN at The Cabooze. A full festival pass costs 100 dollars but currently are offering them at a discount rate of 80 dollars. If that’s something that might interest you then go get ’em.
- If you live in the Tampa Bay Area and you make music then The Homemade Music Symposium might be something that will be of interest to you. It takes place Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 in Ybor City and will feature seminars and workshops as well as plenty of live music. As an added caveat, your truly will be sitting in on one of the panels.
- A song from one of the Black Key’s frontman/guitarist, Dan Auerbach’s earlier bands, The Barnburners has been making the rounds. They’re performing a cover of Hound Dog Taylor‘s song “Gonna Send You Back To Georgia”. You can listen to it here.
- From the “oh my god I can’t believe I am getting this lucky” file. While I am up in Minneapolis for the Deep Blues Festival this year none other than Slim Cessna’s Auto Club are also gonna be in town. Going to see them means I am gonna miss some of DBF’s Friday night festivities but actually having a chance to see Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with my own two eyes and not doing it…well, quite simply, that’s just not an option at all. With this new addition I am afraid my head may explode from the awesome at some point that weekend.
The Deep Blues Festival just keeps getting closer and closer. I dunno about you but I can’t wait. I got my airline ticket and hotel room booked. All that’s left is actually buying a ticket to the show (keep a look out here for a special ticket discount in the coming weeks). Today, ninebullets.net is proud to be the site to debut the Official DBF’09 Schedule. Check it out:
Speaking of festival’s. If you wanna read about my experience at our local musical festival, Tropical Heatwave, then head right here. I FINALLY saw Eilen Jewell and I think I have a crush on her.
A lot of people don’t know who Bob Log III is. Those that have seen him will never forget who he is.
My first Bob Log III experience came at the Deep Blues Festival ’08. He played with Possessed By Paul James and Scott H. Biram at a few night shows so I managed to catch him a couple of times outside of the festival and once at the festival. The first time I saw him I was convinced it was Scott H. Biram in a silver jump suit and a helmet, but then I walked up to the bar for a drink and Scott was sitting there. Suddenly I wondered, who the fuck was this man on the stage in a full-faced helmet and full-body cannonball man suit? As the show wore on he had women sitting on his lap, women with their tits in his drinks and by the end of the weekend he had a devoted fan in myself.
Bob Log was born in Chicago and raised in Arizona. When on stage Bob wears a full-faced helmet with a microphone wired into a telephone handset attached to the front of the face shield. When asked about hiding his face while on stage Bob tries to put it in perspective, “”My face has nothing to do with the music, I’d much rather people pay attention to my guitar playing.”
Let’s talk about that guitar playing. Bob picked up the guitar like most 10-11 year olds, but when most 16 year olds would have been learning the riffs to the latest pop rock song Bob started playing slide guitar, modeling his style on that of Mississippi Fred Mcdowell. Playing with a style that is seemingly too fast to be natural, Fat Possum Records started the rumor that Bob had a monkey paw grafted onto his right hand following a tragic boating accident when he was a kid. When pressed about the monkey paw rumor in an interview with Bizarre Magazine, Bob explained, “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand.” Personally, I love the monkey paw rumor.
If none of this has convinced you that Bob Log III is worthy of your attention, then perhaps this quote from Tom Waits will bring you around. Once in an interview, when asked what sort of new stuff he was listening to, Tom replied, “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically”. Seriously, when Tom Waits calls you strange, you’ve made it.
Back in early April Bob’s fifth solo album, My Shit Is Perfect, was released on Birdman Records. I’ve tried to figure out a way to describe his sound and the best I can come up with is this: Imagine Scott H. Biram with a tongue hyper-extended into his cheek but dead. fucking. serious. I’m not even sure you can truly appreciate Bob on cd unless you’ve actually seen him live. I know I probably wouldn’t have and according to a recent interview, I think Bob agrees:
City Weekly: Do the helmet, boobs, monkey paw, et cetera distract people from the music?
Bob Log III: I don’t drive with the helmet on anymore. I only wear it when I play. Helmet, monkey paw, suit, boob scotch—all this stuff’s basically somethin’ to talk about. I’m a guitar player, right? [laughs] That’s what I do. But you’re never gonna know what my guitar fingerpickin’ sounds like until you hear me do it. People can write about it until they’re blue in the face, usin’ all kinds of adjectives, but you’re not gonna know what it sounds like. On the other hand, if you’re readin’ an article where someone’s puttin’ a boob in a drink, ridin’ a boat on top of a crowd with a helmet on his head, we can all understand that. So I’m makin’ your job incredibly easy. ‘The ripping, swirling fingers of his magnitudeness—” You don’t have to go there. But [the show] is talk-aboutable.
Here are some samples:
Just for fun: Bob Log III – Boob Scotch
Bob Log III’s Official Site, Bob Log III on myspace, Buy My Shit Is Perfect
I also thought I’d take this chance to pimp the Deep Blues Festival by offering y’all Bob’s set from last year. I hope you enjoy it:
- Put That There
- Turn Up My Fucking Guitar
- Six Stringer Kicker
- Wag Your Tail Like A Dog In Back Of A Truck
- Make You Say Wow
- My Shit Is Perfect
- String Around A Stick
- I Want Your Shit On My Leg
- Clap Your Tits
- Boob Scotch
- Look At That
- Slide Guitar Ride Junior
Dirty Trainload is the blues project of Southern Italy’s Bob Cillo, along with friends Marco Del Noce, Martino Palmisano and Alexander De Large joining in occasionally on harmonica, washboard, backing vocals and organs. They play a hybrid version of old-delta blues. One of the things that really sets these guys apart from the sounds of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough or a John Lee Hooker is the percussion tracks.
Dirty Trainload eschews the use of live drums for loop stations and some old analog drum machines. The resulting sound ends up feeling like Love and Rockets if they would have made a blues album. An industrial, blues band if you will. While the combination might sound a little strange, trust me, it works as well as peanut butter and syrup (if you’ve never tried that I suggest you make a PB & syrup sandwich right now).
Here are some samples from their 2007 album, Rising Rust. Also, Dirty Trainload will be crossing the oceans to join us @ Deep Blues Festival ’09. Will you?
Last Friday I announced the line-up of bands for this years Deep Blues Festival. Earlier this week I bought my plane tickets for Minneapolis. I tell you that so you don’t think I am just pimping the festival for some nefarious reason. I buy a ticket just like everyone else. That said, I really do believe in DBF, in what Chis is doing and in the bands playing it so I will take every opportunity to pimp it.
Hence Deep Blues Fridays.
On select Fridays between now and the festival I will feature bands playing it, live sets from festivals past and things of that ilk. I hope y’all like it…and if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis, join us in July, it’s gonna be a blast.
This is a sampler the festival recently put out featuring performances from last years show. Chris told me I was free to post it here so here you go. Individual tracks are below from listening, complete sampler can be downloaded here.
- Juke Joint Duo – Stay Here In Your Arms
- The Moaners – I Think I Love You
- Jawbone – And Wine
- Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass
- Robert Cage and Hezekiah Early – Things I Used To Do
- T-Model Ford – Cut You Loose
- Black-Eyed Snakes – Good Woman Blues
- Those Poor Bastards – They Don’t Make Folks Like They Used To
- A Night In The Box – Death Letter
- Reverend Deadeye – Clean Train
- Charlie Parr – 1922
- Boogaloosa Prayer – She’s Gone
- Hillstomp – Lay Down Satan
- Pat MacDonald – Reset Me Lord
- Dex Romweber Duo – Blues That Defy My Soul
- Black Diamond Heavies – Bidin’ My Time
- Bob Log III – Six Stringer Kicker
- Pure Country Gold – Club 21
- American Relay – Bonedry
- Tarbox Ramblers – What Month Was Jesus Born
- Possessed By Paul James – Hear The Call
In an effort to take all of your drinking money this weekend Dave’s is following the Mojo Guru’s CD release party in Friday night with a double bill of magnificent proportions; .357 String Band and Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:”>Joe Buck. The last time Joe came to town I wasn’t really that much of a fan. I basically went to see the opening act and be a head in the crowd. By show’s end, Joe had won me over and I said as much in my show review:
Now, I’m gonna be honest. I’m not really a fan of Joe’s recorded material. I just can’t get past the muddy production and the songs really aren’t that interesting to me. That said, what fails to captivate on cd flourishes in a live setting. Turns out, Joe writes the kind of music you need to be in the same room with. Joe, hunched over a guitar, red uplight casting eerie shadows, his hyperactive left leg smashing out a back-beat on an old bass drum while he recites lyrics of murder and satan through gritted teeth. I started wishing I had listened to his cds more so I could join the crowd in singing along.
The .357 String Band comes looking like 1/2 an industrial rock band and 1/2 a country band. You would not expect lucking banjos, spinning upright bass and blended harmonies from these kids from Wisconsin but don’t let em fool you. Their Live show have been referred to as “Hoe-down meets Throw-down” by many a reviewer and their mix of old-school country/traditional mountain music and punk is sure to delight fans across a number of genres. The .357 String Band came through last November and damn near broke through the stage and unless they’ve gone back and fixed it’s floor I suspect they’ll succeed this time. As a favor to you guys I’m including the .357 String Band’s set from last years Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:
They’ve just made a video and shipped it off to MTV and everything. So, hopefully it’ll get a chance to be one of the 3 videos MTV plays one day. Since the odds of that are about as good as Arizona’s chances of winning the Super Bowl this week I figured I’d post it here:
The Pack A.D. – Making Gestures
I’ve also managed to get an mp3 copy of The Pack A.D.‘s set from the 2008 Deep Blues Festival. It was shortened because they were trying to squeeze in some bands who’s set got canceled from the rain the day before. They still managed to crush it for only having 30 minutes at 12:30 in the afternoon. Here it is if you wanna check it out:
- Gold Rush
- All Damn Day Long
- Oh Be Joyful
- Don’t Have To Like You
- Stalker Blues
Hopefully, I am about to get a lot more of the DBF’08 sets. I plan on posting them. I hope y’all are diggin’ them as much as I am. Also, keep in mind that some 80+ bands are gonna gather in Minneapolis this July for the 2009 version of The Deep Blues Festival. Take it from me, it’s a great fucking time that your liver will hate you for. Tickets are on sale now. I’ll be there…you should to.
Man, I love this place sometimes. I’ve known about the torrents from DBF’08 for quite sometime but not having any way to d/l torrents left me out in the cold. This morning I got an mp3 copy of Left Lane Cruiser’s set from the festival and now I am gonna share it with y’all.
Deep Blues Festival ’08 was an absolutely ridiculous good time. Preliminary reports about Deep Blues Festival ’09 are about 80 bands over 5 days. If you are a frequent reader of this site and like the music you hear here then this is the festival you need to attend. It’s like it was made for us personally.
Anyhow, here is the set from one of my very favorite bands, Left Lane Cruiser:
- Rollin and Tumblin
- Set Me Down
- Can’t Be Satisfied
- Busk It
- River Walk
- Skinny Woman
- Pork And Beans
- That Ass
- Big Mama
- Truck Song
P.S.: If any of you readers out there have the rest of the festival in mp3 and wanna mail it to me send me an email. I’ll trade you a ninebullets.net coffee mug for it.