Swingabilly Bash with Cherry Poppin Daddies & Deke Dickerson
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August 18, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cherry Poppin Daddies
Doors at 7pm, Kit 8-8:30pm, Deke 8:45-9:30pm; Cherry Poppin 10-11pm (All times are estimated)
COME DRESSED TO IMPRESS!
CONTESTS FOR BEST GUY/DOLL OUTFIT, BEST GUY/DOLL HAIR, BEST COUPLE & MORE!
The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2009, with the honor of an induction into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame; joining other notables such as Robert Cray and Doc Severinsen.
The Daddies brand of high-energy swing music has for years had the unique ability to bring generations together. It’s the only band around where high school aged Psychobilly scenesters and their grandparents can come together dancing in the same audience. As a result, the Daddies have an impressive range of popularity that makes them a hit with colleges, festivals, casinos and fairs. Onstage, the Daddies have enough of an edge to not come off as bland or plastic, and more than enough chops, class and style to satisfy any orthodox jazz fanatic.
The band emerged in the late 80’s with a style that wed the energy of contemporary rock and roll with influences from the golden age of the American songbook- the 30’s and 40’s. Prime compositional influences include: Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, and Louis Jordan. In addition to a main course of very hip influences, the Daddies don’t hesitate to garnish the plate with touches of more exotic fare: Jamaican Ska, Flamenco, Samba, Rockabilly, Soca, and even Glam Rock!
Their classic album of 1998, Zoot Suit Riot- The Swingin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, went double platinum. Propelled by the mega hit single that has become one of those staples in the canon of fun American pop; Zoot Suit Riot still hangs in there right along side Celebration and YMCA on wedding reception dj’s playlists, and sporting events, from sea to shining sea.
The Daddies touring history has included the requisite panoply of swanky, uptown affairs over the years; from the tony Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, to the Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl, to a performance, sandwiched on a bill between General Colin Powell and Dana Carvey, for hundreds of dot com CEO’s at a convention held in a blimp hangar in Silicon Valley!
They have appeared on: The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dick Clarks New Years Rockin’ Eve, The View, and were the sole musical act featured in a tribute to Duke Ellington in an hour long special on American Movie Classics.
After keeping a slightly lower profile over the past several years, while main singer/ songwriter Steve Perry finished up a degree in Molecular Biology, the Daddies have re-emerged with a vengeance, with not one but two albums released in 2009- Susquehanna and Skaboy JFK- The Skankin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
True to their college town, smarty pants roots (the band resides in Eugene, Oregon; the arty-farty refuge to Ken Kesey, Frank Black, and thousands of militant anti-globalist anarchists) the Daddies released Susquehanna as “a post modern attempt at a concept album, strongly influenced by Jean Luc Godard’s classic new wave film, Pierrot le Fou.” An elegy to lost love, Susquehanna boasts a kaleidoscopic blend of musical genre’s and is receiving critical acclaim for its song craft and ambition from bespectacled folks in the know, such as WCOO’s Jim Voigt during his influential Critic’s Choice radio show.
In contrast, Skaboy JFK is an exercise almost radically straightforward. While overall a wide-ranging exploration of Ska aimed at an all ages audience, the material at times adopts an uncommonly sophisticated point of view, only to shed it 3 seconds later, as it boomerangs into a scatological warped drive skank-along. The record was penned it would seem, like Portnoy’s Complaint, to flatter both a novelists eye as well as the buffoonery of a detention bound 8th grader.
How these dashing gentleman of song and stage manage to stay so energized- pushing to the margins of pop art, and retaining, low these many years, their pre rock and roll classicism and craftsmanship; is a feat so rare (Roxy Music anyone?) that it seems damned brand new.
KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
Deke Dickerson is one of America’s musical treasures. As an entertainer and musician, he has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music, headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. As a writer and music historian, he is well known for his regular column in Guitar Player magazine and recently authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar, as unique in its design as its namesake. As a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, Deke has recorded songs that have been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows, and radio programs, from the Oscar-winning movie Sideways to HBO’s documentary Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana and the hugely popular XM satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan.
For this last, Deke not only contributed background guitar music but was also interviewed and quoted by Bob Dylan. Deke’s latest project is his new studio album, King of the Whole Wide World. Like his previous albums it’s a musical journey through the twisted roots of Americana, but this time the roots go deeper and further than ever before. He comments, “People love to label me rockabilly, but that’s just a small fraction of what I do. There are a couple of great rockabilly songs on the new album, but there are a lot of other styles as well, from bluegrass (“Boone County Blues”) to western swing (“Misshapen Hillbilly Gal”) to Memphis soul (“Make Way for a Better Man”) to doo-wop and rhythm and blues (“Itchin’ for My Baby”). The title track (“King of the Whole Wide World”) could even be called old-timey; it’s a tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical song about being a rich man without the constraints of money or fame. I decided the song sounded better with some 78 rpm record noise dubbed onto it.
Call me sentimental, but I really think music like that sounds better with a little grit.” For the recording process, Deke enlisted the help of the many friends he’s made during his musical journeys. The core band consists of “Crazy” Joe Tritschler, the new guitar whiz-kid that has proved a fan favorite, as well as his old friends Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague on drums, Wally Hersom and Jimmy Sutton on bass, and Carl Sonny Leyland on the piano. Guest artists include the western swing band the Lucky Stars, who back up Deke on the politically incorrect (but very funny) “Misshapen Hillbilly Gal,” and Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids, who contributes high harmony vocals on the honky-tonk number “Do You Think of Me.”
All in all, King of the Whole Wide World proves why Deke Dickerson could be called the Renaissance man of roots music. Rising above the numerous revivalists and cartoonlike retro bands on today’s scene, he has forged something new, exciting, and original, utilizing all the great American musical styles of the last century to take his musical journey forward, not backward. 2008 will find Deke on the road promoting King of the Whole Wide World.
Tours across the United States will be supplemented with trips abroad to Australia, Europe, and even Estonia in the former Soviet Union! Perhaps the title King of the Whole Wide World isn’t so tongue-incheek after all. MORE ABOUT DEKE DICKERSON… Deke formed Untamed Youth at age 17 in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri: the legendary surf-garage band that has released a total of eight full-length albums. In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles and joined Dave Stuckey to form the Dave & Deke Combo, a partnership that yielded two albums and a much-touted 2005 reunion at major rockabilly festivals. Embarking on a solo career in 1997, Deke was immediately signed to HighTone Records and released three albums for the label, touring nationally as a solo act and as an opening band for Cake, Mike Ness, and the Reverend Horton Heat (who has written on his website: “Deke Dickerson is the best rockabilly guitarist in the world!”).
In recent years Deke has also toured nationally as lead singer for the legendary instrumental band Los Straitjackets and with the great western guitar-and-steel-guitar duo Biller & Wakefield. He has toured as a stripped-down rockin’ three-piece band and as a swingin’ rhythm and blues fivesome with saxophones and piano. On his many recordings, he has had guests as diverse as the doo-wop group the Calvanes and punk guitar legend Billy Zoom. Playing an average of 225 shows every year throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia, Deke spends his rare moments at home with recording projects (he owns his own label, Ecco-Fonic Records) and writing articles and liner notes for music magazines and CD box set reissues.
Kit and the Branded Men, a honky tonkin country & western band out of the San Francisco Bay Area. The boots and saddle, bass player and vocalist, Glen Earl Brown Jr. and front and center, strumming her guitar and singing hits from the past and originals from today is the sweetheart of the bay area, Kit Lopez. You might stumble upon a waltz, 2-step, bopper or old timey tear jerker. Taking this act one notch above the rest is their harkening back to the classic duets, Kit Lopez and Glen Earl Brown Jr deliver the songs in style of Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty and Johnny & June Carter Cash.