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.