Waterfront Blues Fest 2013

waterfront blues fest 2013
far away from the main south stage, to the north of the lawn-chair people, no offense to them, relaxing on their day off, but this year the powers that be went too far and took away the dance floors at two stages, but at the back porch stage you can still get down, and reach up and shake a hand, thank a man or a lady for coming to town, where no jive-ass turkey is pushing you back so they can kiss the media’s ass, where the media passes can’t be found because they’re off taking photos somewhere else, where the real deal is coming down, where the good-time people meet to have a good time and dance their asses off, where they still remember what it’s all about.

from louisiana
    Chubby carrier & the bayou swamp


                              
   

           


Karl denson’s tiny universe

from louisiana
   lil’ wayne & the same ol’ 2-step

     

      from north carolina 
        nikki hill

— winch

Nikki Hill (live)

nikki hill
(north carolina/


Like always, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Fest featured plenty of old dinosoaurs on the main stage, Robert Plant, Eric Burdon,…but who gives a rat’s ass.  Meanwhile, at the other stages, right now was going down, Nikki Hill before the release of her first long-player, backed by a rock ‘n roll trio, packed with a truckload full of sass and rumbleseat full of charm,looking like a bombshell and exploding like a string of black cat firecrackers, belting it out like it had never been done before, doing Barbara George’s “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More),” Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It,” and plenty of her own originals.  She reached in and ripped my heart right out of my chest.
If I was a young man, that girl wouldn’t have a chance.  

    

   

   

photos by winch

(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

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The Morells: Shake and Push (1982) LP

The Morells
Shake and Push
Borrowed Records 3302  
1982
good shit *****

Classic set from Springfield, Missouri, very much in the NRBQ style (which of course goes back to the beginning of time, or at least back to the early 1950s).  These folks get a bit more silly than NRBQ, opening the set with three originals, starting with “Gettin’ in Shape” (“Here comes Betty / She’s so sweaty / I wish we were goin’ steady”).  To make sure this ain’t some stale neo-rockabilly museum music, they go into the Village People at the end of the song, enough to send some roots-rock purists to their graves where they belong.  After that, the band launches into a song about food (the subject of some of the best songs ever recorded), this one about Red’s, the cafe that graces the sleeve.  (“The only thing that’s French on the menu is fried.”)  After that flavorful cliché, they go into some obscure covers, a song about the beautiful thing about “Ugly & Slouchy” women, and another about “Growin’ a Beard,” concluding with the instrumental “Bumble Boogie.” 





The fun continues on side two, starting with Roy Montrell’s 1956 “That Mellow Saxophone,” (this version referring to “watching Columbo” as well as Davie Crockett) and continuing with the obscure covers till the end.  Lots of folks did this sort of thing but few did it as good.  Most groups usually picked hit songs that should have been left alone, tried too hard to sound retro and pretended to be from the South.  In contrast, these folks weren’t pretending.  They poke fun at their hometown, the “recording capital of Greene County,” but if you’ve been to this area, you know it’s the South.  And in the South, you had standards.  If you’re going to make a record, you better have a tight band and some good songs.  This set fits that bill.

— winch

(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

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