Field Reportings from Issue #9
PASS THE SAUCE: Longtime musical compadres Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, the Maines Brothers and Jesse Taylor were among the musicians who played a benefit concert in Lubbock, Texas, on April 18 to raise money for a bronze statue of the late C.B. STUBBLEFIELD, who helped give many of those musicians their start at the original Stubb’s BBQ restaurant/nightclub in Lubbock more than two decades ago. (A new Stubb’s location opened in Austin last year and has quickly become one of that city’s primary venues for roots-rock and country acts.) Allen, also a noted artist and sculptor, hopes to incorporate the life-size statue into a memorial park that would be built on the site of the original Stubb’s location.
TAR HEEL TUNES: Raleigh, N.C., band WHISKEYTOWN drops its major-label debut on Outpost/Geffen on July 1. …
Chapel Hill, N.C., band $2 PISTOLS has signed to Hep-Cat Records and will release their debut full-length in late July. …
Expect a fall release from fellow North Carolinians 6 STRING DRAG on the E-Squared label. In the meantime, there’s a fine new limited-edition single from the band on E-Squared featuring their own “Bottle of Blues” back with a cover of the Louvin Brothers’ “Lorene”.
MISLABELED: Apologies to WINTER HARVEST RECORDS, which we erroneously stated had gone out of business in last issue’s Mickey Newbury story. They called to tell us they’re still very much alive and well, thank you. …
Also, regarding an item in last issue’s “Ten Second News” about the demise of (formerly Austin) independent label DEJADISC, owner Steve Wilkison (who has moved to Nashville) passed along the following update recently: “Dejadisc has not closed its doors. We are still operating, though at a lower level than before. All of our CDs are in print, all are still being distributed by The REP Company, all are currently available at fine stores everywhere and from us. We have no plans to release any new albums at the present time, but that’s all that has changed right now.”
ALL THE FIXINS: Our apologies to Bloomington, Indiana, band the DEW DADDIES, and to all you Hoosiers out there, for the city/state tagline on the article in last issue’s “Town & Country” section which incorrectly identified Bloomington as being in Illinois. …
Our review of the EMMYLOU HARRIS box set Portraits (ND #7, Jan.-Feb. ’97) contained a couple of factual errors. First, Wrecking Ball was Harris’ second album for Asylum, not her first. Second, John Starling was never a member of the Nash Ramblers. Thanks to Meghann Ahern of KCSR-FM in Los Angeles for pointing this out to us. …
And this one’s a but late in coming, but CHARLIE LOUVIN requested a while back that we clarify a quote in our story on him in ND #6 (Nov.-Dec. ’96). Speaking of his Watermelon labelmate Don Walser, Louvin had commented, “If I were to go out dancin’, I’d like to go where Don was playing, but I’d have to set out three-fourths of the tunes because it was rock ‘n’ roll.” We incorrectly inferred that to mean Louvin considered Walser’s music to be rock ‘n’ roll, when in fact he was referring to the bars themselves that Walser sometimes plays which feature predominantly rock ‘n’ roll.
FROM A BUICK MOTEL 6: This was taken verbatim from a Rykodisc press release. we liked it so much, we’re not changing a word: “What’s up with BUICK MACKANE? Glen Benavides was spotted out on the town in Austin, Texas with famous supermodel Nadja X. They were necking in a dark corner of the Continental after an exhausting night of swing dancing. Alejandro Escovedo is now playing second base for Austin’s minor league baseball team. He is still a vegetarian. It’s rumored that David Fairchild left the band to pursue a career as a soap opera hunk. His first role will be as Tawny Johnson, a horseriding instructor who seduces a young blond publicist. No news on Joe Eddy. He is a total mystery.
CRITICAL M(Y)ASS: Finally, a few comments on an article by Chris Dickinson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in early April dubbing No Depression as “essentially an uncritical fanzine.” We’ll grant her the observation that we’ve offered more support than criticism in these pages, though not so much as to be deemed simply “uncritical.” Nevertheless, if more criticism is desired, we’re happy to oblige the writer who sees more talent in Alan Jackson than in Ryan Adams: It is our critical opinion that Chris Dickinson wouldn’t know a good band if it stomped a mudhole in her heart.
FIND THAT BAND:
Found (sorta): Thin White Rope
Howdy folks — we didn’t get any concrete responses as to the whereabouts of Thin White Rope from the query in last issue’s “Find That Band” column. However, Kevin Oliver of Columbia, S.C., sent in the following lead on the trail of the group: “Last year, I was wearing a Thin White Rope T-shirt in Columbia, and I met a guy who claimed to have been a roommate of an early member of the band. He said that Guy Kyser was back in school, going for his doctorate in bio-something, and not doing music at all, that he knew of. He wasn’t sure where the rest of them are.”
In the early ’90s, Homestead put out an amazing record by Bodeco
called Bone, Hair and Hide. They were from Louisville, KY. Does anyone know what the band or it’s members are doing now? It was one of the better “y’allternative’ releases of the ’90s. I also have a 7-inch by the band as well. Are there other records?Whatup?
Ed. note: Your query will be partly answered by the review of Sourmash: A Louisville Compilation on page 95 of this issue. However, anyone with more specific information about Bodeco is welcome to contact us for a follow-up report in our next issue.