The St. Louis bandleader has become known for stoking the flames of the old-time, blues and folk fires that burned brightly in the first half of the twentieth century. And along with his band, the South City Three -- bassist Joey Glynn, guitarist Adam Hoskins and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Koenig -- he's travelled the globe, showing audiences just how vital these oft-forgotten sounds can still be.
With his latest, self-titled effort on Third Man Records, Pokey has dropped the South City Three from his billing, not because he's losing the band, but because he's expanded it. Joining the crew are TJ Muller on cornet and Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet. With these additions, LaFarge's songs swell and swerve into country and early-era jazz, and they do so with a greater sense of playfulness -- more frequent soloing and line-trading from the players are sprinkled throughout.
All four songs in this live session are from the new release, and they demonstrate Pokey LaFarge's determination to continue taking these old sounds in new directions.
Photos by Nate Burrell.