|Evan O'Brien and Jonah Smith (photo courtesy of Tony Gallucci)|
Saturday, July 23, 2011
'Rebel' Rod's Mini-review of Plowboy last night at The 808 Club -
By 'Rebel' Rod Ames
I have written so much here over the last month or two about a band out of Dallas, Texas called Plowboy. Big deal right? Well, yes, they are truly a very big deal. Here's why.
Firstly, and Kerrville you should be ashamed for this, due to the fact that this should be a freakin' music hub with all the talent that has strayed through these here parts, but somehow the city seems to get all tied up in catering to a population that consists of about 25% or less rather than things that can help the city to grow. That is another topic for another blog though.
Here's the deal and the reason all of us should be ashamed of ourselves. Myself included. Are you sitting down? It took four extraordinarily talented 13 year old boys to bring adult rock 'n' roll back to Kerrville.
I've seen front man Jonah Smith live, and wrote about that here, but had never seen the band live-Only on YouTube.
Last night I saw them live at The 808 Club just North of I10. On Friday evenings they open the doors to no one but 18 unders. I passed 18 about 40 years ago, but was with the band so once again, I got to witness greatness.
Save for a little audio difficulty with Jonah's mic towards the end of their "destined to be classic" original tune Illusions, the show was absolute perfection. Jonah handled the miscue like a true pro, not missing a beat and continuing an all out energetic and nearly flawless performance.
After the show he walked over to me and actually apologized for the technical difficulty that was no fault of his own.
Here's my theory. He's the front man, the leader of the band. He accepted full responsibility for the one little tiny thing that went wrong with the show. I don't know to many adults who would step up and do that, even it it was something that was their fault. Anyway, off topic again, sorry, but that needed to be said.
I should also mention, there were a couple times where I thought I was going to have to go grab a fire extinguisher to put out Evan O' Brien's guitar, because he was burnin' it up! This kid can play guitar. He also writes a lot of the band'a mostly original material.
The rhythm section made up of Bradley Barteau on drums and Isaak Brodsky on bass were pert near perfect for the entire performance. A little side note-Bradly Barteau joined the band about a week ago. He was absolutely amazing and between he and Isaac, bound the band with a tightness you don't see a whole lot from bands much more mature than these guys.
If you were unable to see the show last night, you have two more chances tonight. Folks, this is truly musical history in the making. If you care one iota about music, and especially about the future of rock 'n' roll music, then you will need to get your butts to either Pampell's on Water Street in Kerrville at around 830 pm or to Lazy Days Canteen between Hunt and Ingram on Highway 39, also tonight at around 10 or so.
I'll be there, so if you disagree, after you hear Plowboy, come tell me why, and I'll tell you what's wrong with your ears.
'Rebel' Rod says, If you don't check these guys out tonight, then your missing a little piece of musical history. For that you could be nothing more than an idiot. Don't be an idiot. I'll see ya at the shows.