On any given Saturday night in St. Louis there is a triple bill of great local sounds pouring from the doors of any given club. This past Saturday night at the Heavy Anchor was no exception.
A little bit of Texas heat found its way into the Old Rock House on an unseasonably cool St. Louis July night. Billy Joe Shaver, the original “Honky Tonk Hero,” took the stage, bringing his history, unique brand of song and storytelling to an audience of neo-urban cowboys, greasers, hipsters and anyone faithful to '70s outlaw country.
A long-distance call comes in across the digital airwaves emanating from the West Coast: "Hi, this is Chuck." His voice is easily recognizable, the same voice as heard on songs like "Sonny Liston's Blues," "Willie Mays Is up at Bat" and "Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You)." The man behind the voice is Chuck Prophet, a musician with a career that spans the days of jamming econo in the Paisley Underground with Green on Red, working in the surreal world known as Nashville and essentially altering the rock 'n' roll landscape for some four decades.
The dimly lit room of mostly blue lights and an urban industrial vibe created peculiar warmth as Mike Keneally, bassist Doug Lunn and Drummer Gregg Bendian took the stage at the Demo Friday night.
The summer of love is over but nobody told Temples. This English quartet recalls the swirling psychedelia of Swinging London, even if paisley and silk have become passé in the 21st century.
The dirty, lonesome sound of Gangstagrass may have traditionalists daydreaming that both Bill Monroe and Eazy E are rolling over in their graves.
Bill Monroe once stated that Ireland, and Celtic music in general, is the musical motherland of bluegrass. Switchback testified to just that when they took the stage of the Focal Point on Saturday night.
The haze of the cigarette smoke from the night hung in the sunlight peaking through the bar's pane glass windows. The staff had run in circles attempting to prep the bar for the Sunday patronage and touching up whatever happened the night before.