Clip: Bottle Rockets @ Twangfest
- A nice writeup from this weekend in St. Louis. The Sovines (mentioned
at bottom) did a magnificent set, and other highlights were the
Dirtbombs (I love Twangfest's vision of twang), Kip Loui's new band
The Transmitters, Deadstring Brothers and a killer set of covers by
Grand Champeen at the end-of-festival party back at the hotel.
Twangfest is the best festival.
By Barry Gilbert
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
If not for a building sitting on top of the Duck Room on Friday night,
the Bottle Rockets might well have blown the roof off the place.
Headlining the third night of the 10th Twangfest, the Sons of Festus
played before a sold-out crowd in Blueberry Hill's basement concert
venue, and did it in an hour-and-45-minute set that flew by.
Billed as a CD release party, and with family members at tables down
front, the Rockets played a two-part show - although there was barely
a pause between a performance of the complete "Zoysia" CD and a set of
11 of their best-known songs plus three covers.
This was a lean and determined band making its third Twangfest
appearance. And they may never have been tighter, at least with the
current lineup. Singer-guitarist Brian Henneman, drummer Mark Ortmann,
guitarist John Horton and bassist Keith Voegele wasted no energy: no
swapping out of guitars, barely a pause to re-tune, not even any song
introductions or amusing stories from Henneman.
In fact, Henneman barely spoke at all until an hour into the show,
which he started by saying, "Hello, Middle America," before ripping
into "Better Than Broken," from "Zoysia."
The crowd, largely unfamiliar with the CD that came out only Tuesday,
received it warmly. And the songs translated well to the stage,
especially the lovelorn ballad "Happy Anniversary," the rocking
"Mountain to Climb" and the big fat power chords of "Align Yourself."
Horton, for whom "Zoysia" was a first studio CD as a Bottle Rocket,
has in the past sounded like he was still searching for his solos. But
not Friday night; the longtime St. Louis musician was locked in, fully
integrated into material both old and new, and his interplay with
Henneman was a delight on tunes such as "Zoysia," Doug Sahm's "Nitty
Gritty" and the old Rockets favorite "Welfare Music."
The songs in the second half of the show came quickly, segueing from
one to the next, and included must-plays "Radar Gun," "Indianapolis"
and "Kit Kat Clock" plus songs rarely heard live in recent years,
including "Smoking 100s" and "Sunday Sports."
The Rockets also unveiled new encore tunes for the occasion: a
smashing version of Bob Dylan's "Trust Yourself" and a Voegele-sung
cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender," which triggered some impromptu
beer geysers at the front of the stage.
Gritty singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon of Nashville, Tenn., in his
second visit to Twangfest, had to work a bit in his short 45-minute
set to reignite an audience drained by the high-octane opening of the
Sovines and looking ahead to the Bottle Rockets.
His tight band, featuring guitarist Joe McMahan, ably supported
Gordon's swamp- and blues-flavored Everyman tales that featured the
title song of his 1997 debut, the rocking, Chuck Berry-flavored
"Illinois 5 A.M.," through "Casino Road," "Watching the Sun Go Down"
and the touching "Flowers" from last year's "O Come Look at the
The Sovines, of Columbus, Ohio, (Twangfest 1 in '97, plus T2, T4 and
T6) reunited for Friday's show, which they said would be their last.
Bob Starker, Matt Benz, Gene Brodeur and Ed Mann rolled good-naturedly
through their catalogue of pedal-to-the-medal honky tonk and truck
drivin' songs, and they'll be missed.
Highlights included the jukebox ode "Dime At a Time," the breakup song
"This Day in History" and Dave Dudley's classic "Two Six Packs Away,"
from the Sovines' debut cassette "Owner Operator" in 1998.
- Pause & Play has a pretty decent release date schedule:
as do Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's web sites.
Allmusic.com used to have a decent release date section, but it was a little hard to navigate. Haven't looked for it recently to know if it's still there.
- On 6/13/06, Catherine Lewis <cplewis+filter@...> wrote:
> Pause & Play has a pretty decent release date schedule:Allmusic.com scared me off after the atrocious site redesign, but I'll
> as do Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's web sites.
> Allmusic.com used to have a decent release date section, but it was a little hard to navigate. Haven't looked for it recently to know if it's still there.
see how much I like the others. Here's a list culled from this week's
Pause & Play schedule:
JUNE 13, 2006
Sam Bush"Laps in Seven" (guests: Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller,
Jean-Luc Ponty, Tim O'Brien, Little Feat's Shaun Murphy; Hear here)
(Sugar Hill, June 13, 2006)
Handsome Family, The"Last Days of Wonder" (Hear/read here) (Carrot
Top, June 13, 2006)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts"Sinner" (enhanced; her first studio
album since 1994's "Pure and Simple"; producer: Kenny Laguna; guest:
Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna; Hear here; Read here; see related reissues
below) (Blackheart, June 13, 2006)
BTW: Tracks include "Riddles," "Watersign," "Tube Talkin'," "Five,"
A.C./D.C.," "Fetish," "Baby Blue" and "Naked."
Keb' Mo'"Suitcase" (producers: Keb' Mo', John Porter) (One Haven/Red
Ink/Epic, June 13, 2006)
Del McCoury Band, The"The Promised Land" (McCoury Music, June 13, 2006)
Allison Moorer"Getting Somewhere" (producer: Steve Earle) (Sugar
Hill, June 13, 2006)
Sonic Youth"Rather Ripped" (Hear here; Read here) (Geffen, June 13, 2006)
John Cale"Paris 1919" (1973 album; remastered, with 11 bonus tracks;
Read here) (U.K. - Rhino, June 12, 2006)
Loren Connors"Night Through: Singles and Collected Works 1976-2004"
(3 CDs) (Family Vineyard, June 13, 2006)
Miles Davis All Stars"Walkin' " (1954 album; remastered) (Prestige,
June 13, 2006)
Waylon Jennings"The Collection" (featuring the albums "Honky Tonk
Heroes," "I've Always Been Crazy," "Ol' Waylon") (RCA/Legacy, June 13,
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts"Bad Reputation" (1981 album; enhanced;
remastered), "Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits By Joan Jett and the
Blackhearts" (1997 album; enhanced; remastered) (Blackheart, June 13,
Jerry Lee Lewis"Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century of Hits" (3 CDs;
includes previously unreleased tracks) (Time Life, June 13, 2006)
Replacements, The"Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of The
Replacements" (includes two newly recorded tracks, "Message to the
Boys" and "Pool & Dive") (Rhino/Warner, June 13, 2006)
Various artists"Dead Man Walking Soundtrack: Legacy Edition [CD/DVD]"
(1995 film) (Columbia/Legacy, June 13, 2006)
BTW: Disc 1 is the original soundtrack, with a bonus track; disc 2 is
a DVD featuring "Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking - The Concert," a
March 29, 1998, concert featuring Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Lyle
Lovett, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, etc.
Various artists"The State I'm In" (this 12-song collection features
songs selected for their college student melancholy and indie vibe, as
Hip-O says, "basking in the bittersweet glow of the film 'Garden
State' " ) (Hip-O/UME, June 13, 2006)
BTW: Track listing - "Sunday Morning," The Velvet Underground;
"Breathe In," Frou Frou; "Requiem Pour Un Con," Serge Gainsbourg;
"Sound and Vision," The Sea and Cake; "Maps," Yeah Yeah Yeahs;
"Motorcycle," Remy Zero; "Beat Goes On," The All Seeing I; "Six Days,"
DJ Shadow; "Wild Wood," Paul Weller; "Three Times a Lady," Commodores;
"The Wind," Cat Stevens; "Gabriel," Lamb.
J.J. Cale"To Tulsa and Back: On Tour With J.J. Cale [DVD]" (Time
Life, June 13, 2006)
Dave Chappelle, various artists"Dave Chappelle's Block Party [DVD]"
(2006 film; See here) (Universal, June 13, 2006)
John Fogerty"The Long Road Home: The Concert [DVD]" (filmed in 2005
at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater) (Fantasy/Concord, June 13, 2006)
Jimi Hendrix/Otis Redding"The Criterion Collection: Jimi Plays
Monterey/Shake! Otis at Monterey [DVD]" (1967 performances)
(Criterion, June 13, 2006)
Various artists"The Criterion Collection: Monterey Pop [DVD]" (1969
film; 1967 event was the first major rock music festival) (Criterion,
June 13, 2006)
Neil Young"Neil Young: Heart of Gold [DVD]" (2006 Jonathan Demme
documentary) (Paramount, June 13, 2006)
Subject/ Author(s):Title:Publisher/Due date:
Michael Kosser"How Nashville Became Music City USA: 50 Years of Music
Row [Hardcover]" (with CD) (Hal Leonard, June 15, 2006)