The Boudin Barndance – 08/28/08

The Boudin Barndance – 08/28/2008
Dan Ferguson
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The primary focus of this evening’s Boudin Barndance was previewing music from artists playing at this weekend’s big event in the area, the 11th annual Rhythm & Roots Festival. It takes place at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI. Check out for the complete skinny. As part of the preview, blues man Johnny Nicholas joined us in the studio to tell some stories and play some harmonica. Johnny showed up with only 15 minutes left in the program, however, the show after us let us go 30 extra minutes until 9:30 PM. Big thanks to Chad for that. Heck, with stories Johnny was telling we could’ve lasted until midnight. A Westerly native, Johnny was a vital cog in the Southern Rhode Island blues scene that flourished from the mid-1960s into the 1970s with the prime venue The Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. It was a scene that gave us the likes of Duke Robillard, Fran Christina, Greg Piccolo, etc. These days Johnny lives in the Texas Hill Country where he owns a terrific restaurant/roadhouse called The Hilltop Cafe ( just outside Fredericksburg. He makes sure to get back to R.I. several times a year and is a mover & shaker behind the ongoing revival of “The Knick.” He’ll be appearing at Rhythm & Roots on Friday night with his Texas All-Stars band and on Saturday night as part of Marcia Ball’s Louisiana/Texas Revue. Check out

We also managed to feature some new releases on the program this evening. First-timers incldued Mickey & the Motorcars, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Cordero, and Donna the Buffalo. Buttshaker of the week???? Marica Ball with “Watermelon Time”. Now let’s all grab and get to the goods……

** = at Rhythm & Roots

Buck Owens, et al – Buckaroo / Box Set / Rhino (intro)

Cornell Hurd Band – Shiny and New / Song of South Austin (Behemoth)
Doug Sahm – I Won’t Cry / Jukebox Music (Antone’s)
The Gourds** – Shake the Chandelier / Heavy Ornamentals (11:30)
Mother Truckers – Kaki’s Song / Let’s All Go to Bed (Funzalo)
Eric Hisaw – The Middle / Nature of the Blues (Saustex)
Mickey & the Motorcars – Twilight / Naive (Smith)

Bill Kirchen** – Streets of Baltimore / Dieselbilly (Cracker Barrel)
James Intveld – Motel Time / Have Faith (Molenaart)
Heybale – Always Late for Your Kisses / Live From 1-A
Orville Couch – Strike Like a Match / Hello Trouble (Audium)
Sammy Masters – True Life Blues / Everybody Digs… (Dionysus)
Charlie Feathers – Folsom Prison Blues / Long Time Ago (Vol. 3) (Norton)

Brothers & Sisters – Mason City / Fortunately (Calla Lily)
She & Him – This Is Not a Test / Volume 1 (Merge)
Blue Mountain – By Your Side / Midnight in Mississippi (Broadmoor)
Chambers & Nicholson – Wildflower / Rattlin’ Bones (Sugar Hill)
Ben Weaver – Out Behind the House / The Ax in the Oak (Bloodshot)
Cordero – Ruleta Ruas / De Donde Eres (Bloodshot)

The Waybacks** – Good Enough / Loaded (Compass)
Red Stick Ramblers** – Don’t Cry Baby / Made In the Shade (Sugar Hill)
Pine Leaf Boys** – Blues de Bosco / La Musique (Arhoolie)
club listings backdrop:
Bill Kirchen – “Dieselbilly” (Cracker Barrel)
Donna the Buffalo** – Silverlined / same (Sugar Hill)
Carrie Rodriguez – The Big Mistake / She Ain’t Me (Manhattan)
Son Volt – Cicadian Rhythm / The Search (Transmit Sound)
Irma Thomas – Be You / Simply Grand (Rounder)
Marcia Ball** – Watermelon Time / Peace, Love & BBQ (Alligator)

Paul Geremia** – Blues Around Midnight / Gamblin Woman
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’ / His Greatest Hits (Chess)
Barbara Lynn – Lonely Heartache / The Jamie Singles Collection (J/G)
Larry Lange & the Lonely Nights – Shirley / Crazy, Crazy Baby (Texas Jamboree)
Nathan & the Cha Chas** – Everything on the Hog / Steady Rock (Rounder)
Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys** – Pine Point / Best of (Rounder)

Johnny Nicholas** – Blue & Lonesome / Thrill On the Hill (Antone’s)
Marcia Ball** – Sparkle Paradise / Blue House (Rounder)
Shines & Pryor – Cool Driver / Back to the Country (Blind Pig)
Nicholas & Ball** – Need Your Love So Bad / Livin’ With the Blues (Topcat)

Johnny Nicholas live in the studio!!!!!!

Burton & Mooney / Corn Pickin’ / Legends of Country Guitar / Rhino (outro)

Boudin Dan