Upcoming good things…
I had the opportunity to touch base with the Denton-based band The Virgin Wolves—about the closest Texas has to a band like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and they were playing a show last Saturday in Deep Ellum. Unfortunately I was unable to get out to the club all the way in Deep Ellum, but I did find out the band is finishing a new CD in the studio and from what I understand they are having a great time recording it. Expect something seriously good from a band with a lot more firepower than what they need, but with no inhibitions going into overdrive when they want to because they have what it takes to do exactly that.
I got to hit the open mic last week at the Iron Horse Pub and it was my first in a good while. What struck me was the diversity of the musical offerings and how smoothly it all went. The cool thing is that Kory Rogers is in charge for one last week, and I think he does a great job helping out the people on stage or letting them do their thing when they are without need of help. Rogers will play one more open mic and then will be off to San Angelo—a great little live music town close to the Metroplex and also to Austin—the live music capitol of the world.
Anywho, from what I understand, the new person in charge of open mic will be my old buddy from A Formal Affair—the band’s original lead guitarist Cody Magana. Magana works with a lot of musicians and has a good rapport with them. I look forward to seeing what he will do with the ones he meets at open mic. I suspect that some bands will form as a result of him putting people together with other people, and some will be worth checking out.
Perhaps my favorite thing to hear at open mic last week was half of the new Cody Tucker project (he of The Doppelgangers and long-time guitarist with defunct blues-psychedelic band Mr. Fairchild.) He and Shawn Gregory and Dustin Bowen and another guy whose name is escaping me (sadly) have formed a band that will be doing everything from Alice in Chains to Grateful Dead and Leadbelly. Tucker and Gregory have been spending a lot of time together lately practicing and they did a duo introduction that was intriguing.
When the band is playing out as an entity, there will also be percussion and a second acoustic guitar and harmony vocals, but the basis for the group, an acoustic player singing and a lead guitarist winding lines through the chords can be quite effective on its own. It’s strange to think that a duo could effectively play a Grateful Dead song, then lead into Alice in Chains and then complete with a Leadbelly (by way of Nirvana) as Gregory said, but they did it and the response was immediate and positive. They should be able to play pretty much wherever they want to, and I suspect the group will add something to the area.
If you are in town this weekend, I suggest FallsFest, but if you happen to be in Fort Worth, let me suggest the Fort Worth Music Fest (Friday and Saturday. The event brings in a mad lot of talented individuals including Hayes Carll, The Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers, The Wheeler Brothers and a lot more. There’s art, great food and music to check out. Formerly the jazz fest, the festival has gone a little more Fort Worth and western, and that’s a good thing.