Carter: Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle…

Richard Carter

Cody Shaw and the Rhythm Boys were back in the saddle at P2 Friday

I had the opportunity to chat with some folks about the Morrissey show upcoming, and there are quite a few cats coming into town from Austin to see it. But it’s really not that surprising to see so many Wichitans returning to the place of their youth to see the former Smiths’ front man and solo artist now.

There was, up until the time the posts started going up for the show, the chance (or at least the hope) that Iggy Pop and the Stooges were going to be opening the show in Wichita Falls, but the Stooges are leaving the Morrissey tour before it gets here, and that’s a real shame. It could have been the best show since Elvis at the MB Corral. Certainly, it will still be better than the Toto show at MSU.

Friday night (July 27) was an odd occurrence in that two of the city’s premiere bassists were playing on the same night. Matt Morris is, of course, the bassist for Blue Edmondson, while Cody Shaw is the bassist and singer for Cody Shaw and the Rhythm Boys (also featuring his dad, Ben). Ben Shaw is likely the most underrated guitarist in town, and the guy is held in really high regard.

Anywho, Morris’s band played at the Pub starting at about 10:45, while Shaw’s band was playing their second or third show since reforming at P2 at about 9:30 or so. The band sounded really good.

Doppelgangers are playing at MSU’s Live at the Lake series on August 9, and the guys from Attebury Blueprint will also be playing with them. If you hate going into smoky bars to hear some of the area’s better bands, this is your opportunity to hear first class Wichita Falls bands for free in a smokeless environment. Just imagine how cool it would be to be able to hear bands play everyday of the week in cool clubs without smoking. That’s the great thing that Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and even Bryan/College Station have going for them. And just to think that Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. I guess smoking must not be that important to appreciate live music.

If you have not had the opportunity to check out my story about Coffin Crusher in the July 27 Next, you should check it out. Great musicians playing the music they want to be playing and not worrying whether they are going to be loved in their hometown.

Aaron Epp of the Minor Prophets said his band is writing all sorts of new material and people will be surprised when they hear it. It’s an interesting blend of musicians that should come together with some interesting stuff. Remember that this is the same rhythm section that Dempsey had, and that group was nothing short of phenomenal.

The members of Twicebroken left this week to do their first tour all around America. I believe the schedule is on their website, which you can also access through their Facebook account. Check it out and wish them well.

Finally, if you have a sweet tooth for opera, it might be a good idea to go to MSU this weekend to see the opening performances leading up to the Opera Breve workshops this summer. A lot of talented people have come from all over to perform in Wichita Falls, share their knowledge of music and for some to learn and develop their craft. That craft will be shared at MSU, Backdoor and Wichita Theatres among other places. So, do check it out.

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