Carter: Nakia

Nakia

Richard Carter

Nakia at the Iron Horse Pub

Last Friday night, if you were lucky enough to have $25, it was possible to see James McMurtry play at the Royal Theatre in downtown Archer City. The show lasted about one hour and a half, and word has it the show was very good. As I recall, the last time that McMurtry played the Royal the opening act may have had me playing drums. Friday, he was playing by himself—and not with his band.

The Thursday night before that, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU featured a two act live show outdoors. 45 minutes of The Doppelgangers and then 45 minutes of Attebury Blueprint. I was there a little late and got to hear the opening part of the Blueprint guys, and they sounded good. It’s a difficult place to get good sound, but they looked like they were pleased and so did the crowd.

On Friday, I heard about three songs from an Olney band called Falls Country. They sounded like a band that grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynerd and some English-brand ‘70s rock and roll. Needless to say they sounded like a good solid band, and the lead guitar player did this one lead completely and entirely with his left hand. That was kind of impressive.

I got to the Pub a little early on Saturday night—early for me, but it was right about the same time that the opening band went on. I had written about Bayou Funk Debris before but had never really heard them play live, and they were quite good. Musically everyone in the band is awesome. Seriously, they’ve all been at it long enough to be able to know what to play and when not to play.

I think what strikes you about them is the grooves they get into and really dig into. Drummer John Cameron and bassist Ken Nelson are both energetic and keyboardist Sean Loftiss reminds me a little of the Toto style keyboard playing, which is quite good. Kelly Jackson lays down a groove guitar line that’s thick and bluesy.

Nelson laid down some rap about his realtor business, which was kind of brilliant. I think he’s giving away couzies with the band on it and maybe a brief history of witchcraft. Speaking on scary stuff, they played the “True Blood” theme song. I know that it runs about two minutes or so each week on the show. It’s sort of a perfect song (an inspired choice) to play in a barroom. Good for them.

Considering that a former TV star of the show “The Voice” is playing tonight, the crowd should probably be a little bigger. That said, it’s Nakia’s first time to play in town and it can take a while to develop a crowd in this town.

Nakia’s band was very smooth and quite cool, and they were all Austin quality musicians. I recognized the keyboard player who someone later told me was here when Bob Schneider was in town. I got to chat briefly with Nakia before he went on, and he pretty much knows all of the local Wichitans who are now Austinites beginning with Graham Wilkinson. If you missed his set, it was a worthwhile time. The man can clearly sing, though his voice was in a little distress from earlier in the week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>