AmyB checked out a really cool duo called Trainwreck last night at the Press Box. Here's a report:
Why were there only 10 people at the Trainreck show last night? Surely I’m not the only one that appreciates the cultural value of the duo. They did the show as if the place was packed: covering Kimbrough and even Albert Collins’ “Pretty Woman” — done in their North Hills/country style. Some of their own stuff, too. I spoke with bandleader K.M. Williams (after feeding them some rice and beans) and he was cool and humble about it, though they have played in standing room only in places all over the country. I, for one, see the vast importance of bands like this: a live testimony and demonstration of how some folks are living and keeping blues traditional and close to the roots. You know, with the pretty recent deaths of so many blues icons: Burnside, Milton, Gatemouth Brown (and others), you would think that people would WANT to see a band like this: we don’t get folks like this coming through very much. Would people really rather go see cheesy cover bands or sing karaoke than check out this piece of musical culture and heritage: OUR heritage?
Given, the folks that did come were hootin’ hollerin’ and and egging them on calling out request, and treating them like kings: Maybe I’m biased because of my deep love of blues, but really, I was really disappointed that more folks didn’t show up.-AmyB