Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Great Blues-Based "KXCI Presents" Show



The Moaners, with Tom Walbank and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter at Plush, Thursday, July 26th

When it comes to high quality blues-based music, you will not do any better than the “KXCI presents” show on the main stage at Plush on Thursday, July 26th.

First on stage, at around 9:30pm is local blues man Tom Walbank. Tom Walbank serves up piping hot Mississippi Delta Blues, coverig classic songs from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, among others. In addition to searing slide guitar, Tom Walbank plays a mean harmonica.

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter offer world-worn, sultry, soulful and sometimes dark songs. Fans of the Cowboy Junkies, Lucinda Williams, and Neko Case will enjoy the Seattle-based Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.

The Moaners have created droning Delta-rooted songs, born from the same blues that inspire Tom Walbank’s music. But here the songs take on a feminine voice much like the country-blues sounds of Wanda Jackson, Exene Cervenka, and Lucinda Williams. The Moaners new album, Blackwing Yalobusha released in March, 2007, was recorded in the old Money Shot studios, where Fat Possum artists like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough recorded their songs. Melissa Swingle and Laura King, who are The Moaners, write, “Being in that studio, smelling its smells and walking among its ghosts, made the music just come out. It was almost as if it was coming from somewhere else, practically jumping out onto the tape. Three days and 300 drinks later we had our album.”

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