Saturday March 17, 2007
Trip Start Mar 12, 2007
6Trip End Mar 18, 2007
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Mojo's Mayhem!! At the Continental Club
We arrived at the Continental Club about 11:25 in the morning as the Beasts of Bourbon were setting up and ran into Ron Basquette my old high school friend Steve Haney's college roommate. I hadn't seen him in almost 30 years! We also met up with Greg's friend Mark Gracie whose wife and daughter I had met at the Guitartown Party on Wednesday. The show was MC'd by the retired from performing Mojo Nixon.
Beasts of Bourbon drunken swamp rock from Australia. Frontman Tex Perkins has been in a number of bands. They reminded me a bit of the HooDoo Gurus.
MotherTruckers are a high energy country rocking band who were named "The Best Roots Rock Band" at the Austin Music awards. Led by singer-songwriters Josh Zee and Teal Collins. During their set I felt something tickle my ear and didn't think much of it as the room was packed, but then it happened again and I turned around to see to ladies in French maid outfits with feather dusters dancing next to me. They continued to dance suggestively around me and I got "dusted" now and then!
JonDee Graham introduced the song 'Amsterdam' by saying, "it's my favorite city, and I don't even smoke pot!" He went on to say it was because of all of the people riding bicycles and how that the city was built on land reclaimed from the ocean by a series of canals and dikes. "Eight hundred years ago people stood on the coast and looked out into the Atlantic Ocean and said, 'let's build a city out there'". "You go!"
Next was another wild version of "October" with Jon succeeding in faking out the band at the ending.   ; ; ;   ; ; ;   ; ; ;   ; ; ;
"You can bury me in a pile of dead leaves,   ; ; ;   ; ; ;   ; ; ;
put two shiny pennies on my eyes and cover me with leaves..."
The Last song they played was Holes
"I'm so full of holes,
I whistle when the wind blows,
Standin' in the window sweet and low."
James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards
This time around we would get to witness James' excellent band with soundman Tim Holt-guitar, Ronnie Johnson-Bass, and Daren Hess on drums.
They began their set with the title cut of his newest record,' Childish Things' and ripped through, 'Bad Enough', 'When The Lines Go Down', 'Choctaw Bingo', and 'We Can't Make It Here Anymore'. At some point they were joined onstage by one of the French maids who danced around to the delight of the packed house.
We needed to get outside after that and went out back for a bit and then up to Yard Dog to see what was going on. They had some loud rock band under the tent that didn't sound very interesting and there wasn't a line-up posted anywhere. There was free Flying Dog Beer and tacos in the alley so we hung out in someone's driveway and took it easy for awhile.
We met up with Mark again and then overheard that Small Stars were going to be playing at 4pm at Jo's Coffee so we headed up South Congress to check them out.
The Small Stars with frontman Miles Zuniga AKA Guy Fantasy of Fastball sings and plays guitar. Buddy Llamas-saxophone and guitar, Brick Masterson-drums, Richard Steele- guitar, and Godfrey McCambridge on bass are a showband of sorts and not only entertaining, but they are all top shelf musicians.
Brick Masterson is actually John Bush of The New Bohemians, Godfrey McCambridge is Jeff Johnston who plays with Lil' Cap'n Travis, Richard Steele/Landis Armstrong leads the band Tour De Force, and Buddy Llamas/Jeff Groves is a veteran of Big Car and Fastball.
We were pretty worn out at this point and on the verge of leaving when we heard The Summer Wardrobe's spacey steel guitar music which features Jon Sanchez' guitar and breathy vocals and John Leon's ethereal pedal steel guitar.
Brothers and Sisters fronted by singer-songwriter Will Courtney, the band includes his real-life sister Lily and bassist David Morgan guitarists James Olsen and Daniel Wilcox, pedal steelist Ray Jackson, tambourine player Courtney Chavanell, and drummer Greg McArthur. With their Southern California meets southern rock sound and vocal harmonies, their musical Bah bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah bah!
That ended my SXSW experience. I was too worn out to carry on, mentally and physically. We were also hungry and finally decided on going to Marisco's Grill after finding Mother's Café closed. It was a great event and I'm already making plans for next year's edition.
I got up slowly Sunday morning and packed the truck and drove straight to Laredo. I tried to listen to the jazz show on the way out of town, but my ears were still ringing and my head was so full of music that I turned it off and drove all of the way home listening to my mind's radio.