Things like this, tomorrow…
Thank you everybody who came out last night to see us, the Have Nauts and Glasgow at the Spanish Moon. Had a damn good time, saw some old friends and met some new, good peoples.
Catch us rockin’ the Red Stick again next month at the Red Star Bar on 3/31. We’ll be playing with our dear friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival from Greensboro, NC. Phantom Party’ll be helping us spread the word – and if you dug it last night, please help do the same! Until then my friends…
P.S. An announcement of epic proportions, tomorrow on the interwebs… Look for it, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Tonight we’ll be rocking the Red Stick for a 3rd time with yet another killer 3 ring circus at the Spanish Moon. Dirty Bourbon’ll be starting the night off right at 10pm sharp with a no-hands-barred set chalked full of big announcements, beefed up bari/tenor horn sections, and yet another new song. Following at 11pm will be Phantom Party BR locals the Have Nauts.
A power trio founded on “Motown and dirty rock’n'roll,” the Have Nauts boasts a promising line-up with Jason Ourso on guits, guts and voice, Michael Roy on drums and Cohen Hartmen on bass. There’s a really good article in Stereo Gumbo on these fellas here. For extra listening pleasure check out their bassist’s other project – Cohen Hartmen and the Bone Machine – here.
Finally, closing out the night will be none other than our dear friends Glasgow. This will be our 5th show with the Craft Brothers & Company (they’re also on our upcoming album Vol II) and every time we play with them something magic seems to happen.
You’ve probably (hopefully) heard of Glasgow by now, but if not, I highly recommend you check out their unique brand of classy, downright nasty rock’n'roll here.
If after that you still want more, peep this impromptu megaphone gypsy string stomp Dirty Bourb and Glasgow threw together at the Dragon’s Den last year:
Hope to see you there!
P.S. Special announcement on Sunday – check the interwebs!
P.P.S. I couldn’t resist (Glasgow is Legendary):
Blind Willie Johnson
The Blues has taken on many forms throughout history, in the case of young Willie Johnson the blues came through the word of the good Lord. From age four Willie told his family he would be a preacher. Johnson and his dad built a guitar out of a cigar box and Willie learned how to play using a pocket knife as a slide.
Blind Willie Johnson played and sang his unique versions of favorite hymns and spirituals for the remainder of his life. Until his death in 1945, Willie traveled the south from street corner to backyard spreading his Gospel.
Willie frequented New Orleans, playing and preaching on the corners of the French Quarter. legend has it he was arrested once for “starting a riot” outside the courthouse with a powerful rendition of the song ‘If i Had My Way I’d Tear This Building Down’.
If you’ve already heard of Blind Willie Johnson, that’s probably due to the fact that two of the greatest recording artists of all time covered a song first recorded by Willie. Dylan and Led Zeppelin both recorded powerful versions of the the song ‘In My Time of Dying’ which is a slightly altered version of Blind Willie’s ‘Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed‘
Check it out: Zeppelin and Dylan’s version below
- - Big Charlie
- If you think you know some blues I ough’ta know E-mail me at BigCharlieSkinner@Gmail.Com
Dig it – 3 new songs:
Got some good ones coming in:
3.31 Baton Rouge, LA
- Redstar Bar w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival
4.01 Mobile, AL
- Callaghan’s w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival
4.02 New Orleans, LA
- Blue Nile – Vol II CD Release Party w/ the Tin Men + Holy Ghost Tent Revival
4.03 Lafayette, LA
- Blue Moon w/ Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band + Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Hope to see y’all there!
The Narcoleptic Bluesman
At the early age of six, John Adams Estes was blinded in one eye during an unfortunate sandlot baseball incident. He later lost vision in the other eye, allowing him to join the ranks of iconic blind bluesmen such as; Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Sonny Terry, and Blind Boy Fuller.
Obviously, Being Blind wasn’t the only Obstacle Sleepy John had to endure. His nickname spurs from his tendency to fall asleep while sitting on a stool or even standing up. These unintentional naps were later diagnosed as Narcolepsy, which is caused by blood pressure irregularity.
While there are no actual accounts (that I could find) of Sleepy falling asleep on-stage, I’d have to imagine when he was touring around the South playing every night, it happened at some point. Wouldn’t that be a site?
Estes was mentioned in the memoirs of Big Bill Broonzy as having judged a guitar contest in Chicago. Memphis Minnie had just recently moved to town, and found herself in a guitar duel with Big Bill. In a glorious upset Minnie beat Bill Broonzy and became wildly popular in the city’s blues circuit, all thanks to her fellow Tennessean, Sleepy . Whenever Sleepy John and his band were in Chicago they were regularly hired by Al Capone (who was crazy about the blues) and his people to play private parties and events. Now that sounds like a right proper good time to me.
- - Big Charlie
- Thank you Iain for for the recommendation. If you think you know some blues I ough’ta know E-mail me at BigCharlieSkinner@Gmail.Com