Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First but the Last of This...

Got just a few photos and a report, it's a week( I been busy) late, of the Hidden Village Music Festival which was hosted at the Standpipe Coffee House. Thanks to all down there who put this together and if you missed it well then I guess you will have to be there next year. In the mean time see live music, buy cds and play your own instrument. 

This is a group the Howlin' Brothers, I did not expect to see in Lufkin again. Since their last local visit they have a cd out produced by one of the big time guys and I figured they were out there 9 to the universe and all that kind of thing. Lucky for us they are back with that country hillybilly class act and I hope we are able to see them again here in the future. 
Check the banjo. That's right he is using a slide. Slide banjo. I think I love him. 
By the way my dad wore khaki hats with pants and shirts to match like these  back and forth to work. Wish I had one. Don't worry co-workers. I would not wear it to work. 

 Closing act for the festival was Ben Caplen.  Just a man  singing, playing keyboards and guitar and a drummer. What a picture they were able to paint. Gruff voiced not getting my barstool to far from these cigarettes with a hint of old time melodies in the songs this was a duo that really worked with the drummer filling in more than the standard beats using mallets, brushes and glockenspiel to provide a fine accent to the song stories told by Caplen. 

Ok, I think I am caught up on the music blogging this week. I bet I have bought 15-20 new cds since Christmas. plenty of new music to bounce around in my head. We are done with Hidden Village till next year. It's on to the next festival. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let Me Teach You How to do This...

You know how it is when you are standing up there on stage playing a loud electric guitar. You raise the right hand and the crowd ripples like waves carried by a brisk west wind across a finger of a sand bar just barely noticeable as it rises up from the deeper surrounding water. Then you raise the left hand and the wind is suddenly out of the east and back the wave rushes in the direction from which to first appeared. Then you raise both hands and it's forward, up, over and out.  If you don't know how here is what I do. 
These photos are from the Cotton Square Explosion (name gives you an idea of how things sound) gig a couple of weekends ago. My apologies to the rest of the band but it was my son in law making the pictures. He took a bunch of me. 

OK, ya think you got that? 

Spotted this awhile back...

I spotted this gravestone while attending a funeral for a friend a few months ago. It's off to work I go. Wish I was fishing and ,maybe this is proof reaching out and affirming that there are catfish in heaven. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Late Birthday to Geneva...

It's a busy week around here with fun activities and long work days and I completely lost track of wishing Geneva a timely happy birthday. 

Here's a photo of the girls hanging out, Geneva, Nell and Cathy. It was taken at Christmas time. 

Geneva, I hope you had as much fun on your birthday as Nell and Cathy did hanging out with you on the day this photo was made. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hidden Village Music Festival...

That's a good name for a music festival. It's been held the past three nights at The Standpipe Coffee House and continues tonight. This gem of a fest is certainly hidden from some and I would know because other that Saturday night when I had my own gig somewhere else I have been there for all and I have not seen some of you music lovers in attendance. 

The place really rocked on Sunday night with the Feeble Contenders opening and then the rof was brought down by a band from Detroit Flint Eastwood. Here's a photo of them. It's a grainy phone photo but I think it catches the swirl of a hard working band with a very charismatic front woman.   

Just when I thought I had had as much fun as I could dancing to a great band along come a South Carolina band called Sol Driven Train. I don't know what to call their music other than dancing, party, soul, tropical, funk driven by great solo playing on guitar, sax, trombone, bass, keyboards and drums they definitely know how to get the party started. 
Really great vocals by the three guys across the front. Kind of people that come to play, sing, entertain in a completely natural way that makes you not just like the music but like the person making the music. 
Wish I had got a better picture of the drummer. Outside next door at the old Pines Theater he had me make is photo under the lighted marquee which announce a showing of the old Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. I can't imagine why a drummer would be so thrilled to be in a photo like that.   

Back to the guitar player, the sax man and the trombone. In talking with these guys after the show they mentioned they had been playing music since they met in middle school band. The guitar player told me, " Our middle school director was a great guy and when we moved on to high school he did too and we got to have him as a director for 7 years." He was pretty excited telling this story to me, also an old band dude who could feel just where he was coming from. The drummer also mentioned high school band and some time spent as a music major in college. These guys are trained, disciplined musicians. In addition to those 7 years together in school band they have been a working band with 6-8 cds to their credit for 10 years. Once again and I have written about this before we see hard work and a long arch of creativity to become successful. 

Sol Drive Train is off to Austin for some SXSW dates. Tonight the music continues at Standpipe with Ben Caplan (lot of folks excited about seeing him, first time for me) and a group that has played Lufkin before the Howlin Brothers. I'm surprised and we are fortunate to have them back because their latest release has a big time producer and all that but they liked Lufkin and I'll be glad to see them tonight. 

I'll be late because I play the Lufkin State Supported Living Center monthly dance till 7:30. See you after that. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

When You Are Not a College Student Anymore...

There is no excuse for getting arrested on Spring break if you are not a college student. Actually most folks think there is not an excuse for getting arrested at all but you know, the older you will get and all that. 

How old do you have to be to drive? 

Best laid plans:
"I'll help you climb out and then you pull me up."

Now don't both of you feel silly about all that?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Project Unveiled This Weekend...

This Saturday at 5pm you can catch a new musical project I am involved in at Lugnutz. "The Cotton Square Explosion" will play a 45 minute set. We are part of a mulit band thing called Matt's B-day and tribute to Larry Barfield. If you recall Larry was a local musician and friend who passed away earlier this year. 

Here is the story of the original Cotton Square Explosion. If you recall Cotton Square was downtown where the Lufkin Independent School District Office sits. It's now called Caulder Square. Here is what the Historical Marker Database has to say about the explosion in Cotton Square:

On the evening of March 2, 1913, an explosion destroyed the Houston, East & West Texas Railroad depot at this site, disrupting the town's vital source of transportation and trade. Although a body was not discovered, it was presumed a railroad employee had been killed in the mishap. He was later declared legally dead and his stepmother collected on his insurance. In 1916, however, he was returned to Lufkin by Judge E.J. Mantooth, a local attorney acting on behalf of the insurance firms. The railroad employee stood trial for insurance fraud, but was subsequently acquitted

There is a marker downtown to commemorate the event. Here's a couple of old photos courtesy of the internet.  

I think this is a good name to highlight our sound as well as an unusual local incident. There is also more symbolism at play where you might imagine that anything new that came to Lufkin arrived through Cotton Square. We are covering Muddy Waters, Allman Brothers, Black Joe Lewis, Social Distortion and more in our set list of loud aggressive blues/punk/rock/sci fi garage. I don't have a band photo but memebers are Danny Beard, Mike Amison, Jared Beard and me. You can find a band page on facebook. 

Here's a rough phone recording clip of an original scfi/garage/blues song of mine called Flying Saucers. I'll try to get a better recording of some blues this afternoon at rehearsal. 

Come check us out this wekeend. 

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