01 June 2007

Bettye LaVette ran off with a Trucker

Tonight, don't miss Chattahoochee blues artist Precious Bryant, who'll play some warm, acoustic blues for us at the 1100 block of Broadway starting at 7. Atlanta's Sean Costello -- formerly of Susan Tedeschi's band -- will also perform. And, oh yeah, the show's free.

Cap that off with a stop by The Loft to hear The Fiddleworms for raucous Southern rock. Many thanks to Curtis for pointing me to the Fiddleworms, a Muscle Shoals band that features the astounding guitarist Rob Malone. Malone was a Drive-By Trucker for a few years -- he's the guy with the growly blues voice who sings lead on several key Trucker songs, including "George Wallace" (off "Southern Rock Opera") and "Mrs. Dubose" (off "Pizza Deliverance").

And here's the best piece of Trucker-related news: The boys (and girl) perform on the forthcoming CD by old-school soul singer Bettye LaVette (whose 2005 disc's title says about all you need to know about her: "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise"). The new disc is called "The Scene of the Crime," and she's recorded it in Muscle Shoals with veteran session bassist David Hood. That's the father of the Truckers' Patterson Hood. I can't think of a better backing band for LaVette's "blunt force trauma" delivery (her publicist's very accurate description) than the churning guitar assault of Patterson and Cooley. Yee haw.

3 comments:

jenn said...

Bettye LaVette is a goddess among women. If she and the Truckers tour together, I may have to quit my job to follow them around the country. I hope you understand....

Anonymous said...

excellent call on the fiddleworms. mostly covers---everything from neil young to stevie wonder---but they spun the loft into a frenzy friday night. good stuff. hope they come back soon.

Brad Barnes said...

Didn't make The Loft part of the show, but saw them play out to the crowd as a substitute for Sean Costello. It was good to see The Devil -- Rob Malone -- playing again.

And Jenn, maybe they'll go to New York. Maybe in the Apple you can find you some joy.