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Spiky Charms: The Statistix, American Dream EP; Performing July 21 at the Moline Viking Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Friday, 13 July 2012 05:49

The Statistix

The sound on the Statistix’s American Dream EP is rough, with echoing, thin, buried drums, and vocals that are often blown out and as a result sometimes have an unpleasant, visceral piercing quality. The bass on the 37-second-long “Punk as F---” is bloated and warped. The volume varies from track to track.

It is, in other words, pure punk, assaulting ears for less than 13 minutes over its eight songs.

None of this is a complaint exactly. The Quad Cities trio is simply conforming to the movement’s shabby-DIY template: full-throttle and full volume, with little patience for nuance – with little patience, period.

Complete 2012 Blues Fest Coverage PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:59

This page links to the River Cities’ Reader’s complete coverage of the 2012 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, including new interviews with seven of this year’s performers and biographies of each artist.

Ticket information is here. The welcome letter from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society president is here. Biographies of workshop and BlueSKool leaders who are not performing on either the Bandshell or Tent stages are here.

2012 Blues Fest – An Active “Retirement”: Lonnie Brooks (Sunday, July 1, 9 p.m., Bandshell) PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:58

Brooks Family Blues Dynasty

“I’m not working as much as I’ve been,” said 78-year-old Lonnie Brooks in a recent phone interview. “I had in mind to try to retire, but my boys keep tellin’ me, ‘Let’s go out there.’”

I asked him when he decided he wanted to retire. Without missing a beat or belying the joke, the Louisiana-bred Chicagoan deadpanned: “I was thinking about this about 16 years ago. But I needed money, so I kept on.”

Brooks’ “retirement” decision coincided with his last studio release of new recordings, 1996’s Roadhouse Rules – which in retrospect seems to have ended a two-decade solo run on the Alligator label, including 1979’s classic Bayou Lightning. The All Music Guide called him “a Chicago blues giant” with a “unique Louisiana/Chicago blues synthesis unlike anyone else’s on the competitive Windy City scene.”

2012 Blues Fest – Devil in Disguise: Bobby Rush (Sunday, July 1, 8:30 p.m., Tent) PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:57

Bobby RushWhen Blues Music Award winner Bobby Rush takes the stage at this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, he’ll be doing so in a concert set titled “The Double Rush Revue,” so named because, as he says, “I’ve got one part of the show I’m doing with the band, and the next part I’m gonna strip down – just me and my guitar.”

It won’t be the first time the 76-year-old blues artist has stripped down for a gig.

2012 Blues Fest – Finding His Soul: Coco Montoya (Saturday, June 30, 10 p.m., Bandshell) PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:56

Coco Montoya

For the music career of singer/guitarist Coco Montoya, thank the persistence of John Mayall.

It’s not merely that Mayall called Montoya to ask him to join the legendary Bluesbreakers band in the early 1980s. It’s that he called back when Montoya – who had quit music as a profession after a stint drumming for Albert Collins in the 1970s – hung up on him.

“I didn’t think it was him,” Montoya said in a recent phone interview, promoting his Saturday bandshell performance at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. “I was bartending at a British pub. ... So I thought it was some of the English cats in there teasing me. ... He called back. ‘No, this really is John Mayall. ... Do I have to come down there ... ?’”

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