Monday, September 19, 2011

Ponderosa Stomp, Special edition 17th Sept 2011 Saturday night

Little Freddie King, blues singer and guitar player also does a mean chicken dance.
<><>Ponderosa Stomp night 1 was a marathon. Here's the pictures from Saturday
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The Den

Ms. Lavelle White wows teh crowd with her jazz, gospel and soul. She is a singer with some serious attitude, chewing gum, attacking the lyrics. She's as sharp as a tack and on fire tonight.

Clifford Curry from Knoxville TN may have a toupee, but he's also go a booming deep voice and told us to let the good times roll! He also covered that southern soul style sound with Soul Ranger, and She Shot a Hole in My Soul

Big Jay McNeely makes an entrance - through the crowd that is, with his sax, he curtsy's with trousers too...

His banter is sermon style, & he addresses us as children. He's wearing orthopedic shoes.  After all, his first record was made in 1949 and he's 894 now. A real crowd pleaser he does a number of songs including one about being at The Insect Bar! Throughout his set,  he declares "We are gonna blow our brains out one more time!" Yeah!

Arch Hall and the Archers. I hear Arch Hall is of stage and screen. They look like a country band, but sound like a garage band. Although Allan O'Day's effects on his harmony-vocoderish vocals are kinda cheesey, it was still good to see this...

From Chicago comes Billy Boy Arnold, who has a smooth blues voice. Chess wouldn't sign him so  he went with Vee Jay. The crowd love him, and he dedicates a song to his old friend Lavelle White, who joins him on stage, sings the end and calls for his applause.

Joe Clay was known as the Singing Bus Driver tonight Joe Clay was just a great singer. His high pitched pop voice, youthful ambition to rock and roll is so evident on stage, that he sings with all his soul, even jumps of stage and sings in the pit...

Then he jumps on stage, to play the drums, with the house band drummer providing a mic stand. Not a great singer, but a natural born entertainer.

Respect to a Lady rockers, this is Lady Bo. She learned to play guitar from Bo Didley.

At first, Johnny Legend seemed like a kook.


But he's heaps more than that. All in red, sporting his own T Shirt, he's an awesome storyteller, trash rocker, a rockabilly bastard even... He plays harmonica and sings a bit blue, singing' Sink it, don't stroke it! This guy is amazing and completely amazed me. But the so called "Rasputin of Rock and Roll" gives us sound advice through song: Whatever you do, don't go for no pencil neck geek.

Johnny Legend Links worth looking at or listening to:
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/JohnnyLegend1.html
http://www.myspace.com/rockabillyjohnnylegend
http://johnnylegendrocks.blogspot.com/



Sir Mack Rice, Skipp Pitts and the other  Bo-Keys for their Stax Revue. Skipp later demonstrates the use of the Wah Wah pedal to Shaft! After all, he is the original. Later, Eddie Floyd bursts onto the stage, and reveals he's still got it. He never stops moving but when Ira gets on stage to try and manage it, Floyd tells him "Are you crazy? We're getting ready to be The Falcons!"

Fashionista William Bell has still got it. A great singer and a master of slow burn.

Guitar Lightning Lee had to wait so long he was getting drunk, but he still entertained and even played Human Fly which was beautifully trashy

Hardcore band The Sluts are the first punk band to ever play the Ponderosa Stomp.

It's about 4am and everyone on stage is drunk. The guitarist screams out "Where's my thirst quenching beverage?!!"; " Where's my equipment?!!!" Then he proceeds to give the one finger salute. The bassist paid $500 to get to Ponderosa and play this gig. After all the waiting, the music starts. Fast, confronting; mindless- songs like nuke the whales, shit songs. The singer screams with all his might, getting serious redface, jumps into the audience, gets right up in peoples faces, shouting,  making people flinch even! The Sluts are shit, and obnoxious, but exactly how a punk band should be right?  An excellent way to end an unbelievable festival.
 


15 + HOURS OF EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT
EXPOSURE TO ARTISTS I'VE NEVER HEARD OF
AMAZING TALENT I COULD ONLY IMAGINE
A GREAT CROWD OF OLDIES, COLLECTORS, HARDCORE MUSIC FANS, INDIE RECORD STORE TYPES & THE BANDS, THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
EXCELLENT MERCHANDISE
REASONABLE PRICED DRINKS
PONDEROSA STOMP IS AMAZING


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