“A real nowhere man”
Saturday night I walked into the Pub, after watching a two-hour flick on future earth Kate Beckinsale, and I heard what sounded to be the jukebox start with the Beatles tune “Nowhere Man” from “Rubber Soul.” I was unaware that they had put the album on their jukebox.
And then the song abruptly stopped. Aha, I realized a Beatles cover band must be doing their sound check.
No, not Liverpool Legends or 1964 but rather Hard Night’s Day (from the Metroplex) was on stage getting their sound levels. A pub regular, they were here with their four-member lineup. One drummer, one guitarist, one bassist and one guy who played guitar and keyboards. The harmonies were most impressive and it’s always amazing to hear how much music can come from four guys.
The opener was a guy named Ray Tarantino. He drove in from Kentucky to play the show, and he sort of has mad talent. He’s the kind of guy that could have played at the Archer City Supper Club and everyone would have really liked him. Here, with a crowd waiting to hear a Beatles cover band, some people are checking him out but most are talking and they’re sort of missing out on something really good. A long way to drive and a tough way to make a living, but he sounds like he loves what he is doing and is invested.
Let’s just say the soundman is brilliant in that he’s found a way not to let people talk over the music. And you can’t ask anything else more of a soundman than that.
Before the Beatles come on, let me write that I did a really interesting interview on Friday with a guy named Nakia who will be playing the Pub next Saturday. He’s from Alabama but moved to Austin nearly a decade ago for SXSW. He’s hooked up with all of the major people in Austin including area favorites Malfred Milligan and Alejandro Escovedo. It should be a great show.
Also of note coming up is Doppelgangers and Attebury Blueprint who will play for free on the lawn of MSU’s museum on Thursday night. If you have not heard either band, it’s worth a checkout. No smoke or cover and the bands are both dynamite. I understand that Attebury may be losing their keyboardist before too long, and they may go on as a three-piece by employing sound loops. I don’t think enough bands do that. It’s a great way to fill in sound with great effects with less people on stage.
Someone just told me that the Royal Theater in Archer City will be hosting a special tribute to Patsy Cline on August 17 to 19 and 24 to 26. It’s like the play that Backdoor Theatre did several years ago that sold out every show. I will let everyone know more about how to get info and tickets. From what I understand it’s a husband and wife doing the program, and the Patsy Cline estate has authorized the couple to do the performance. Archer City would really kind of be an awesome place to see a show like that.
By the way the Beatles are now playing, that is the Hard Nights Day version of the Beatles, and it’s like anytime you hear a band do the Beatles live, you always hear how brilliant George Harrison’s guitar leads are. Sure, everyone in the Beatles got more publicity or notice and stuff, but Harrison was just amazing and so very tasteful.