To be honest, I was a little torn. I mean, I’d flown up for the Deep Blues Festival and I’d done a shit ton of hype for it, too, so to abandon one night of it to take a taxi to St. Paul to see Slim Cessna’s Auto Club seemed kind of wrong.  However, as my guilt ebbed and flowed, I knew I had to go. SCAC never comes to Florida, so the fact that they were in the same town I was in was the kind of fate that couldn’t be ignored, and my guilt faded before the taxi was a mile down the road.

I’d long imagined what a SCAC show would be like. I’d watched plenty of live videos on myspace and I was exceptionally jazzed to finally be seeing them by the time we got to the venue. With my SCAC shirt procured, I proceeded to have a few drinks while the opener played. In the downtime before SCAC’s show I refreshed my drink and took a perch up in front of the stage. The next hour and a half or so is a blur of hand-clapping, sing-alonging, whiskey-swilling, sonic orgasmic awesomeness.

Slim Cessna’s sound is just as big and robust live as it is on cd, while Slim & Jay’s back and forth banter is even more enjoyable in a live environment. They sang on the stage, they sang in the middle of the crowd and they sang at all points in between. Our friend said she felt like they were Pied Pipers and had they took off out the front doors the entire crowd would have followed.

I know I would have.

I also know that the competition for Best Show of 2009 is over. Slim has taken that crown and nothing short of Ronnie Van Zandt going zombie and Lynyrd Skynyrd going on a brains and reunion tour is gonna get it back.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Is How We Do Things In The Country
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Port Authority Band
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is Our Land Redux
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Americadio


  1. SCAC should have played at the Deep Blues Festival. It wasn’t because the fest didn’t try to book them.

    Why their agent would rather have them to compete with Deep Blues remains a mystery to me.

  2. SCAC should have played at the Deep Blues Festival. It wasn’t because the fest didn’t try to book them.

    That would have been so awesome.
    Are they in the same file as Rev. Peyton now?

  3. This is awesome! A friend of mine (from Florida – I’m actually from Toronto) was just telling me about this band last night, and I was looking for more of their tunes! Too bad they’ll never come up here.

  4. My favorite description of them is that they play revival tent country. You do just want to follow them where ever they’re taking you. I want to go out to CO one NYE and see that show.

  5. Always a great show. It’s been a pleasure to see them many many times over the last decade here in Denver.

  6. the SCAC New Year’s Eve show….this is possible…Next year, go to Breckenridge for a ski trip…come in a few days early…stay in Denver, catch the show and then head for the hill on New Years day.

  7. Slim never had a Hitler mustache. That was Munley. SCAC is the best live band you will ever see. I have seen them 5 times and it never gets old.

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