Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Artist-to-Artist Testimonials

Our friends in The Two Man Gentlemen Band have written up a testimonial for Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion. Well said, Gentlemen.

Battles and company hit the downstairs stage at Hill Country on Friday night at 10:00 p.m.

I dropped by a set of theirs there a few Wednesday nights ago. The room was filled with sharply dressed young investment bankers, who were spending their waning cash on beef brisket and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and also a giant -- I mean GIANT -- stuffed panda. It was a bizarre mix of Texas roadhouse goodness and what I think purgatory might be like. And then at some point shortly after the band blasted through "They Kicked Me Out of Pennsylvania," one of the young (female) bankers gave a raised two gun signal, and the whole room cleared out in the course of one song -- whoosh! -- leaving tumbling tumbleweeds, a couple of mostly full beers and all of the grey hair in the room. It was a twentysomething stampede! I had never seen anything like it.

But it didn't slow the Whiskey Rebellion down at all. There were still blazing harmonica solos from Shaky Dave, serious skin-pounding from Smilin' Charlie Shaw, hot rubboard action from the Mighty Sammo and even some guest vocalists who came up from out of the now somewhat sparser audience.

As I've said before, Alex Battles brings the party.

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