Slack Bird is a two piece folk act from Finland. This afternoon I joined them for a little session in a backyard somewhere in Belgium… No kids, no Beagles this time… They are on tour for the moment, so check the links below to find out where you can catch them on stage!
After a successful first edition in 2016 we will be back in 2017! Mark you calendar on June 30th and July 1st.
Friday will be all about psychobilly and heavy rock’n’roll, let me walk your through our line-up: The SideBürns will be opening the festival. This German band with members from Cowboy Bob and Trailer Trash plays some damn fine speedrock. Before they changed their name to The Sidebürns they where known as Mr. Sideburn And The Barons.
Next up we’ll have something special for you guys! The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos!!!
The Detrimentals are a straight forward psychobilly band with Joachim from Tequilla Tattoo’s on drums. If you where at PFF in 2016 you know what a great band they are. In 2017 they are teaming up with one of the most promising Belgian bands in the underground rock’n’roll scene. The Wallaroos remind me of a young Kings of Nuthin. Full of energy and ready to party hard!
So you partied with us in 2016? So you remember The Mullet Monster Mafia?
THEY ARE BACK!!! The best surf trash band from Brazil will make you swing so hard that your ass will hurt the day after! But that’s not all…
Our headliner will be the legendary UK psycho clowns The Klingonz!!! They fly in for this one show only, so do not miss this you freaks!!!
Here is a live version of Bitch a song of their brand new album!!!
I’m damn sure we have a kick-ass line-up for friday, now let’s get on to saturday and see what we have in store for you nice folks…
The running order is not set yet, but you’ll get an idea of what we have to offer…:
We’ve got two Dutch bands this year, let’s start with them. First up, Baby Face Nelson. These guys will provide you with some sweet country punk rock’n’roll. I’ve seen them on stage a couple of times and they will get you going. Check out the video for the very catchy
“From Hercules CA to Maricopa AZ”!
Next one from the land of weed and shitty beer is CUDA. As the name may tell you this band plays fast, high powered cowpunk. It’s straight forward, nothing else to tell except they bring cheerleaders… Enjoy boys…
When we booked Call me Bronco we had to take 40RTY (so we did, it was this or nothing…)
It will be his first time in Europe so make sure to make him feel at home. We’re sure you’ll love his banjo driven folk punk songs! And he owns Beagles, so what could go wrong?
We sure are glad our friend Joshua James Esterline a.k.a. Acousta Noir will be back in our field. Without him and lots of others there would not have been a tent to party in last edition. I’m sure most of you know his music by now, so you know what to expect… If not here’s a video to remind you of his awesomeness…
The Dad Horse Experience… What is there to tell about this legend? You love him or you hate him, no in-between… We LOVE HIM!!!
Andrew Ellis came on tour in Europe for the first time in 2016, and I have to say, I’m in love with this giant! Besides being a great guy he is one hell of an artist. With his dirty and sleazy one man blues he’ll take you on a wild trip into his world…
If you don’t know who Joe Buck Yourself is, then I have no idea where you have been the last 10 years… This man is a living legend and we are damn happy to have him play our second edition!
We have an exclusive and we are damn fucking proud about it!!! Shawn James & The Shapeshifters will play their very first show ever in Belgium!!! We know Shawn is starting to get a celeb status (remember that viral video of two guys in a wolf sanctuary? That’s him…) so we had to book him now, because we will not be able to pay him in a few years 😉
Also make sure to check out his solo stuff.
This video, shot at Muddy Roots in 2015, was my first introduction to this band and I’m hooked ever since. I play one of their albums at least two or three times a week and I have a BUNCH of records… Are you ready for some DOOOOM!?!?
Last year we had The Goddamn Gallows as headliner, I got to see them play two songs, then it was of to the E.R. for me… Long story, I don’t hold a grudge, we talked it out… You guys better make sure I get to see Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy play their set in full! I’ve told you guys before and I’ll tell it again… Carrie Nation is one of the most entertaining bands in this “scene” or even in this world! But you don’t have to take my word for it, come and see them for yourself…
Here is a little promo-video we made with all the bands:
Can we buy tickets now?
Friday: 20 euro
Saturday: 25 euro
Combi: 40 euro
Will it be sold out?
We do not know that… There will be 500 tickets, that’s it… We had almost 300 people in 2016… You do the math…
Where do you need to be?
Beurtstraat 42, Tielt-Winge, Belgium
Is there camping?
Yes and it is free if you have a ticket to the festival
Can I bring a camper or mobile-home?
Yes, we hope the weather gods will have mercy on us this year, so we can provide a better place to camp with them.
Can I bring my own drinks?
Yes and No… You can drink whatever the hell you want on the campsite, but please don’t bring your drinks on the festival grounds. You buying drinks is what keeps this festival alive…
Is it family friendly?
Yes, but we are not babysitters. If you bring your kids, please keep an eye on them. Kids left alone will be givin’ a bunch of redbull and a Florida Georgia Line cd… Try to deal with them after that…
Do kids need a ticket?
Kids up to 12 can get in for free. Please don’t be a dick and try to sneak in your 13 or 14 year old that looks like 10…
Why does the live music end at 12 on Friday and at 1 on Saturday?
Because we respect our neighbors and we hope you will too… Acoustic jams sessions are encouraged, yes even in the tent…
Will there be food?
DUH!!!! We love food, so we will make sure you have a choice between some of the best foodtrucks around. And yes even vegetarian… Breakfast will also be served on saturday together with that sweet sweet coffee…
The most important thing you have to know is this:
Come and have fun and don’t be a DICK!!! If you want to come to the festival and fuck things up, you’re in the wrong place. Leave your politics, religion and shitty attitude at home! This is about having fun, dancing, catching up with friends and PARTY!!!
23.00 – 00.00: The Klingonz
21.20 – 22.20: The Mullet Monster Mafia
19.10 – 20.40: The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos
17.30 – 18.30: The sidebürns
Timetable saturday: 13.00 – 13.40: Baby Face Nelson
14.10 – 14.50: 40RTY
15.20 – 16.00: CUDA
16.30 – 17.10: Acousta Noir
17.40 – 18.30: The Dad Horse Experience
19.00 – 20.00: Andrew Ellis
20.30 – 21.30: Joe Buck Yourself
22.00 – 23.00: Shawn James and The Shapeshifters
23.30 – 01.00: Carry Nation and The Speakeasy
It’s that time of the year again… What time you ask? That time you see punkrock and hardcore kids getting excited about this little crazy festival happening in Meerhout, Belgium each year… Yep, Groezrock is just around the corner! Coming April 29 & 30th the whole province of Antwerp will be shaking on it’s foundations while thousands gather to slamdance, drink beer, pogo, eat greasy festival food, stagedive (wait an hour after eating, just like swimming) and just have a real good time!
This year the nice folks at Groezrock have provided us with a sublime line-up, some of them long-time personal favorites, some of them new discoveries that I can’t wait to check out live on stage. If you have visited this site before, you know I like making lists… Let’s GO!
Friday… Let the party begin! RANCID
Yep, the boys from Cali are back! And they are playing their hit album “And Out Come The Wolves” from front to back. Do you need another reason to come to the festival? I don’t! But that wouldn’t be fair to the other bands, would it? But damn, I have to say I did a little jump and screamed like a little girl when I heard the news. No shame in that is there?
SIBERIAN MEAT GRINDER
The media is trying to scare us with wild stories about Putin, but the real Russians you should fear are the boys in Siberian Meat Grinder. They take no prisoners and go straight for the kill with their addicting mix of hardcore, rap and metal. I can see the pit before me, and it is GLORIOUS!!!
LESS THAN JAKE
If these ska-punk legends don’t move your feet you’re a lifeless robot or just stupid, it’s up to you… I know I’ll be skanking like a mad man! Pick it up, Pick it up, Pick it up!!! And after that throw it in a trashcan, do you know how much crap get’s left behind at a festival?
Does your festival day needs a little more anger? You ask, Terror provides. Yes dear folks, it’s that simple. These guys live and breathe hardcore, and looking at the tremendous following they have gathered over the years they don’t stand alone in keeping the faith. GO NUTS!
FRANK TURNER AND & THE SLEEPING SOULS
“Let’s relax a little and go see Frank Turner” nobody ever said. You know why? Because seeing Frank Turner is one big party, that why! It doesn’t matter how punk, hardcore, metal or whatever you call yourself you are. It’s ok to like Frank, it’s ok to enjoy his songs and just be happy… Ssshhhttt… It’s ok…
Saturday… Let’s dance that hangover away! PEARS
Nope, never heard of them… While I was going over this years line-up I came across these guys. Damn, I like! No fancy shit, straight forward punk-rock with a hardcore vibe. Yep, I like! Oh, and that “metallic” guitar sound is furious! Them being from my favorite city in the USA, makes it even better!
The guys at Groezrock HQ sure know how to take care of those that like the old school vibe. Night Birds from New Jersey takes you back to the glorious eighties when everything was shit and sniffing glue was cool… Fucking hell, what a great band!
Hey kids, wanna see some old guys show you how to do it? Got see SNFU! That’s all…
JULIETTE AND THE LICKS
Remember that movie Natural Born Killers? Yeah, it’s that chick, the one that was crazy as fuck, who jumped around like a little girl when her boyfriend shot her abusive dad. Yeah that one…(how awesome where the 90’s?) Besides being a great actress Juliette is a great singer. I always look at her as being a bit of a female Iggy Pop. She has this vibe around her on stage that reminds me of Iggy and that same kind of sleaze in her songs. You would expect her to play at Wercher or Pukkelpop, but I think Groezrock is perfect for her. And that is a compliment, you judgmental fuck!
SICK OF IT ALL
What do you want me to tell you about these guys? I’ll tell you one thing, if you ever meet a hardcore kid that doesn’t like SOIA, kick him in the nuts! He can’t sue you because every judge will tell you, you did the right thing!
Remember Headbanger’s Ball on MTV? This was the video that introduced me to these guys… I loved it, still do…
Groezrock, you did it again! Thank you! See you in the field… Come say hello and buy us a beer…
If you are into garage-punk or just like dirty rock’n’roll, the Come N’ Go shouldn’t be a new band to you. If they are… You’re in for a treat. This is their fourth album on Voodoo Rhythm Records and they made it a psychedelic hardcore punk masterpiece! Hardcore punk, you ask? Well I never heard a garage band do a Bad Brains cover before… Did you?
The Swiss band didn’t hold back on the fuzz, acid and space vibes with this album and that makes it a really diverse listening experience. Opening the album with 3 fast paced headkickers, one of which is “Attitude” they slow it down with “Yona’s Blues” and keep the tempo low for the next four songs but by adding a lot of experimental, spaced-out sounds and riffs they maintain the listeners attention.
Once we get to “Lemmy” the tempo picks back up and the band goes in a feedback overdrive by the end of the song, but not before presenting what to me was the highlight of the album. Damn, what a great song!
So after going through my hard-drive today I found some video’s that for some reason never made it online… I have no idea why or how. What ever… Here they are!
Steering Ships With Empty Bottles
Our good friends Cris and Henry will be back in Europe in april and they will play our official pre-party for Pirate Farm Fest. This one was shot in our back yard last year.
Jim aka Jo Leinders is the singer for Belgian Psycho-Roots rockers Black Cat Bone Squad. I shot this video to get him away from his house so his girlfriend could plan his birthday party together with all our friends later that day. We got some great shots and he got a kick-ass party later that day.
The Freeborn Brothers
Just before their tour with Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss our friends from Poland came over to record these songs in our livingroom. We had a blast!
Many months ago our good friend Busa from The Pirate Farm Radio handed me some cd’s to review. They all ended up in between a bunch of other cd’s and I never got around to check them out. Until this week. And I have to say I’m an idiot for not listening to them before.
The albums all have one thing in common. They where all released by Germany’s Off Label Records. And looking through their back catalogue, they have released some damn good music going from The Dinosaur Truckers, DM Bob, Reverse Cowgirls to The Blues against Youth, Philip Bradatsch and The Dad Horse Experience.
The first album I put on was by Brazilian artist O Lendario Chucrobillyman. “The Chicken Album” is a short but frantic blues-punk ride through the Brazilian country side. Playing the viola guitar, drums and some garbage together with his raw voice sure make for a damn cool album that every low-fi dirty blues enthusiast will enjoy.
Next up was Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants from Australia. Again a band that didn’t ring a bell, so google was my best friend. Sadly this band doesn’t exists anymore. So why write about it, you ask? Because this is a real good record! The album called “Anthology” is a compilation from songs used in the German movie “Beste Freunde”and the “Selling You Salvation” album. Mojo and her Merchants take you back in history to the early 1930’s, but none of these stories are in your high school history books! Dark cabaret, swing jazz, soul… Words or genres that come to mind, but this is so much more. Mojo’s voice is one in a million with a real nostalgic feel to it and the Merchants are master and commander of their instruments. I would have loved to see this band on a stage somewhere, but i guess that’s never going to happen as Mojo Juju is now a successful solo artist. I wish her all the best and thank her for the great music!
Steve Train and his Bad Habits… Nope… Never heard of… To bad! This band from Germany plays some excellent rockabilly, rock n roll without the “I’m to cool for you, have you seen my new vintage shoes, attitude”. Their is something in their sound that really speaks to me, this dark, dangerous undertone, a thing I miss in most modern rockabilly bands. They all sound so slick and polished, not these guys. The organ that pops up from time to time sounds so fucking cool and gives the songs that extra little kick.
And while we’re at it… Our buddy Tim Herrebrugh aka Dead Cat Stimpy released his new album on Off Label Records as well! Dead Cat Stimpy is a one man band from Holland and as most of his fellow one man bands in Europe he sounds raw as fuck. Mixing garage, rock’n’roll and punk into a chaotic mess of awesomeness! The ghost of the old Beat-man is there for sure, but it’s not a rip-off. I’m sure that with this new album, called “Uneasy Grounds”, Tim will be frequent guest at wild rocking parties all over Europe!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last two days you have heard about this new festival in Belgium. So here’s a little more information about the whole thing.
As music lovers it has always been a dream to put on our own festival and inspired by many others, some months ago we teamed up with The Pirate Farm Radio and some close friends to form a new organization. After a few meetings we gave this little demon it’s name and so it became, “Old Style Pirate Farm”vzw was born… Under this moniker we combine all the things we do, love and want to do in the future. Organizing shows, broadcasting radio, art expo’s, food stuff… if we like it and we can make it happen, we will do so!
Now back to the festival…
We not only teamed up with The Pirate Farm Radio, we are very proud to work along side the talented crew from Tequila Tattoos. They will be providing art work, logistic help and are our main sponsor. Thanks guys!!!
Friday july 1st Jumpin’ Jim (be)
As front-man for Black Cat Bone Squad Jim is known to dance around the stage in a sweaty mess. His solo work is a little more laid-back. An old Gibson, a banjo and his voice, that’s it. Expect some dark folk songs, BCBS songs in a different setting and some tributes.
Tim Holehouse and Vincent Slegers (gb and be)
Tim and Vincent are no strangers to one another, and they are damn excited to play this show together. They are even planning to record an album together. Tim, hailing from Great Britain is well known in the underground roots scene and he should be! Vincent is a young Belgian blues guy with the voice of an old man. His more than great guitar picking will take you back to the days of yester-years…
The Detrimentals (be)
Joachim of Tequila Tattoos is the drummer for this band and because of his involvement in the festival we could not say no to him… So here’s The Detrimentals! Psychobilly madness created to make you wanna dance and wreck in the pit! Have fun, watch your beer and go WILD!
The Mullet Monster Maffia (bra)
Holy Crow! We are damn proud to have these guys from Brazil playing their Surf Trash Mayhem at our first edition. All the way from Brazil they will headline our pre-party on friday. Get your surf on!
Saturday July 2nd Batenburg Hellbillie (hol)
Kuntry, bluegrass in Dutch? Hell yeah, why not? Funny stuff if you ask me…
Fishgutzzz & His Ignorant Band (usa)
Have you seen Fishgutzzz on his last European tour? You did? Then you know why we wanted him for our festival. King of his own shit-castle and king of kazoo-grazzz!
State of the Pigs (be)
Pissed off, political, sludge punk… These guys will kick you in the butt with their message and their songs. Like it ot not, we don’t care.
Acousta Noir (usa)
We ran into Joshua when he was touring Europe last year and I was hooked on his music the first time I heard it. Dark Americana, upbeat at times, always great! You’ll love this dude…
Black Cat Bone Squad (be)
In my opinion these guys should have been way bigger by now, but hey… If you live on the wrong side of the track, you’re fucked! They released an incredible split album with S.S. Web last year, two more full albums and some e.p’s. Kick ass roots rocking psychobilly punk!
Mikey Classic & his lonesome Spur (usa)
For the first time solo in Belgium! With the release of his solo album The Goddamn Gallows frontman blew everyone away. Dark, and haunting Punk Folk Blues.
The Ditchrunners (usa)
Playing their Honky Tonkin’ Gypsy Gutter Grass as they call it, for the first time in Europe. Before we take them on stage they’ll have played some shows in your town, so we know you want to see them again! Come and dance your ass off, so we can put it back on you at the bar…
The Goddamn Gallows (usa)
PROUD AS FUCK!!! For us this is a dream come true. Yeah, we all know these guys, call them friends and what not… But to have them play at our very first edition… That’s awesome! You like punk, metal, country, bluegrass, polka or whatever? Even if you don’t like it, you’re going to love it! Their live performance is crazy as fuck and will blow you away!
Jayke Orvis (usa)
After the Broken Band called it quits a lot of people thought this was the end of the road for Jayke. But damn, you guys are dead wrong! I’ve seen Jayke play solo in Oakland last September and he kicked it hard! After the madness of the gallows, Jayke will end our first edition with a solo set that you will remember for a long time.
TICKETS Earlybird: 30 EUR. (limited to 100 copies)
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your hands on one of these. They are going fast! Normal: 35 EUR. Door: 40 EUR. Normal tickets will go on-line when the earlybird are gone. Price includes the two days of festival and free camping.
Mobilehomes and caravans welcome
We hope to welcome you all. Come and have drink with us, say hello, dance your booty off, have fun, be nice to the neighbours, respect the location and HAVE FUN!!!
Inny, Ann, Sophie, Busa, Def, Trixie and Tom
Your Old Style Pirate Farm crew
It’s time again to promote some bands I got to know over the past months or that I know for years that I think you should give a try. We got a great response from the bands the first time, and from our readers. So I hope you will enjoy this list as much as I did making it.
Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame (usa) My friend Anni from The Kountry Kittens posted a video of these guys playing their set at Farmageddon Fest 2015. I was in awe… Hailing from Atwater Village, Los Angeles, California these five childhood friends create some fine Americana tunes that I want to experience live real soon. I hope we run into them one day.
Ando Ehlers (usa)
I think it was my co-worker Kevin that first turned me on to Ando. “Hey Tom, here’s some weird polka dude I think you will like…” Yeah sure Kev, polka… I love polka, dumbass… Hahaha, boy was I wrong! I loved it! And now Ando is in Europe and playing an Old Style Music Nights show this week. Enjoy the weird and wonderful world of Ando Ehlers!
Tim Vantol (hol) Hailing from Holland this punk rock troubadour brings us some fine tunes with or without the support of his back-up band. He toured Europe opening for Chuck Ragan a couple of years ago and released two very good albums. I’ve seen him play a couple of times with a band and solo. With his charisma alone he can hold up a show. Great guy, great musician, great singer…
Toxic Shock (bel)
Aaaarrrgggg THRASH!!!! Remember back in the eighties/early nineties when metal and punk where still dangerous and fun? These guys from Antwerp will give you that feeling again. Pissed off, hardcore thrash metal the way it’s supposed to be played! Enjoy!
Dude… Another Belgian band? Hell Yeah! For such a small country we sure have a bunch of crazy ass bands. This is one of them. These guys are from my hometown, so fuck you! This video has it all, pizza, skateboards, beer and a whole lotta fun!
Harley Poe (usa)
You like your music with a little twist? Some dark fun? Some horror? Some sarcasm? Oh to hell with it! Enjoy Harley Poe! They killed it at Muddy Roots this year and I hope they will be back soon…
From Oslo, Norway comes Okkultokrati. If you like the old Hellhammer sound mixed with a hardcore vibe, you will love these guys. How I got to know these guys? I was at a record fair a few weeks ago and the cover of their “No Light For mass” album just intrigued me. I had no idea who or what this band was. I just bought the album… I’m glad I did!
This could be to much for some of you, but I really like this band. They where on tour with Black Claw from Canada last month and they sucked me into their weird and dark songs from the first note. If you like Them Poor Bastards you will love this…
Nathan Gray (usa)
And now for something completely different… Nathan Gray, singer for “BOYSETSFIRE” and “I am Heresy” has released his first solo ep and I don’t think anybody had seen this one coming. A great mix between neo-folk, industrial, pop music and amazing song writing. Enjoy this statement of a song, that’s what it is… For me personally it’s the most exciting song lyrically that I have heard in years.
How to spend a sunday in Belgium? Drive two hours with friends to the other side of the country (yes, it’s that small) where they speak a different language and the beer tastes exotic to catch a show. Sounds like a plan? It was the best plan we had in years… The Freeborn Brothers out of Poland killed it once again with their crazy mix of roots and gypsy music.
After that Sean and Zander slowed it down and healed wounds where needed. I was so happy I brought my camera because the sound and light where perfect. The people that work at L’Entrepot are excellent at their job, so here is to them! CHEERS!
I hope you all enjoy watching these video’s as much as I did shooting them.
Day 3 started slow… Real slow… I was trying to figure out what went on last night. I remembered flashes of a dance-off between me and Grubb of Carrie Nation together with a strange girl climbing in a tree… It was all very fuzzy. But I had fun! It sucked that the Slim Cessna set didn’t really happen, but hey… what can we do…
By now you should know that I love Dylan as an artist and as a person. And I was really looking forward to what he would bring us this time. He opened his set with a Townes song and that takes balls. If you have been following his stories on facebook you know that the man was on a cloud from all the great encounters he had the last few days and you could tell by his big smile on stage. With his first album under his belt we can expect great things from this guy!
Thank you Cracker Swamp guys for yet another great discovery this year. I’m damn sure I have seen this band play on a street-corner somewhere in New Orleans when I was there on one of my visits to this amazing city a few years ago, and damn why didn’t I stayed longer and listened to what they did? Who will tell?
What I do know, is that I’m happy I did it at this years festival. And I wasn’t alone, this was a party from start to finish!
This Muddy Roots Records recording band is becoming a new household name in the modern “roots” scene and we all know why that is. People in Europe are waiting for these guys to come over and perform their beautiful music, let’s hope it will happen in 2016. For now, here’s a short video…
Dr. Ralph Stanley
What can I tell you about this man that hasn’t been said before and better? Nothing I guess? I have some thoughts about this whole thing, but nothing I want to make public here. I will discus it with you in private if you want. Watch the video and maybe you will see what I’m talking about. Everything aside, it was a privilege to be on stage with this legend and shoot this video.
Yeah sure… Find some new favorite bands at Muddy Roots they say… Hooray… I did… And now they stop playing? FUCK THIS SHIT! Hahaha… Oh well, I’ll always have this video. More punk then anything else Harley Poe set the tent on fire and took everybody in there on a spooky trip. Lordy, Lordy, did we have fun!!!
We’ve seen so much more great bands that we didn’t film, but we want you to check out. So here we go… Denver Broncos UK, side project of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club members with Munly at the wheel. Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, stoner metal roots music? These guys were brutal! Cannibal Ramblers, dirty low fi blues brought to you by an evil Santa and his minions? That band with the song “Fuck Cops”… Liz played with them… I have no idea who they were… I have the video… Help me out!!!!
I woke up with a smile on my face in our cabin after a perfect first day and night. My troops were in good spirit, they survived day one of what is the emotional rollercoaster, called Muddy Roots! Kim (the little city girl) slept in the car because we had an eight legged uninvited guest. She made our rental KIA her nightly home for the rest of the festival… Kickboxing skills don’t kill spiders! After a shower and a “healthy” breakfast we were ready for day two. My list of bands to shoot was huge, but I should have known better. I have this weird habit of talking and drinking with people I like and love. And Muddy Roots is packed with people that I like and/or love… Damn you all to hell for being so awesome! Thank you!
Thinking back I feel like such a fool for missing out on the opportunity, but I did see every band I wanted to see. My camera wasn’t always near and by the time the sun went down I just put it away. I know myself, and I know that I like to party, camera’s and parties don’t mix. But what we got is priceless. The energy, the love, the musicianship, the passion. I would kill for just a little piece of the talent that these guys have. I just point the camera and press record… Enjoy folks… One day this will all be over, all good things come to an end. Let’s just hope we will be there when the fat lady sings! Don’t worry, the fat lady is still a skinny girl, we have years of mischief in Cookeville coming to us!
I love Lou! I love him as a person and as a musician. What he does is so different then what anybody else does. His weird rhythms, his voice, the way he uses his feet… It’s a package of pure joy to watch! I was bummed out when I learned that Lou was playing at the same time, James Hunnicutt was, I didn’t really understand why, but hey… who am I to judge? But the folks at Muddy Roots have a good taste in music and Lou had a fair amount of people dancing to his tunes. I sure was one of them. Maybe that’s why I only shot two video’s?
Make sure to check Lou’s website and order some of his albums, you will not be disappointed.
After catching me some Lou Shields to start the day it was of to James on the main stage. I prefer to see James play at a smaller stage because it feels more intimate, but the man deserves to be on the biggest stage in the world! I see no point in writing about his show. Just check the video, and the interview we did some months before the festival at our house in Belgium. (I think James’ aura is to big because the camera had trouble focusing on him…)
One more thing, I’m always amazed how good of a singer Geoff Firebaugh is. I mean, he’s a kick-ass bass-player, I just never see him as a singer, and every time he gets behind a microphone I’m blown away! Here’s to you Geoff!
“Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy” I was very excited to see these guys play! I heard some of their songs before but never had the chance to see them on stage. And from what I’ve heard, this was going to be one hell of a party, and it sure was. Another reason I wanted to see them was because this band is the biggest FUCK OFF to racism in the “roots” scene! They maybe don’t sing about it, but just being on that stage all together says enough to every idiot that ever made a claim that this movement is a “white” thing, and I know there’s a bunch of them out there. Fuck you, WE LIKE TO PARTY!!!
You know what’s so fun about Muddy Roots? I’ll tell ya… Walking past a stage and thinking, “DAMN, this sounds good, who are these guys?”. That’s how I got to know Austin from The Hangdog Hearts, and that’s how I got to know Jack Beisel. We where looking for a place to sit and have another drink, and what do I hear coming out of the Cracker Swamp tent? This raw sounding blues, “blasting girls panties off” primitive energy… Holy Crow, these are just two guys having a bunch of fun and this is the result? I haven’t had fun in a long time I guess… And you know what’s the best part of this? Jack is such a nice guy! If they play in your town, go see them, even if you don’t really like blues, it’s so much more. You can bring your dad, but don’t bring your girlfriend, she may not come home with you…
Ex-.357Stringband, master song-smith Joseph Huber… What more can you say about him? Just enjoy the songs.
Muddy Roots Music Festival 2015… Number four for Inny and me. It’s becoming “normal” you would think, but every time we drive up there, a feeling of coming home takes over. This was number four in Cookeville, we did them all in Belgium, but this time it was extra special. We brought close friends with us and hoped they would have the same experience we had those three previous years. A feeling of freedom, friendship, honesty and pure joy (unless monday morning…) that’s what we where hoping they would feel. I’m damn sure they did.
Sophie, the rebel, doing her own thing, getting on my nerves, buying moonshine, handing out gifts and beer. I tried to take care of her, but I knew better, she’ll be alright where ever she is. Jo, my brother from an other mother (I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true), a wild-man if he wants to be, a caretaker if needed, a great songwriter and a friend for life. Kim, the little loud city girl, a heart of gold, a head full of lovely chaos and the temper of a furious cat (unless she encounters a spider…). And last but not least, Inny, my wife for eight years, my soul-mate for 15. My rock, my know it all head-buster, my Goddess. This was my troop, these where my travelers, these where my fellow pilgrims on the road to mud… We survived… These are our stories…
Mikey Classic and his Lonesome Spur
Muddy Roots without The Goddamn Gallows? HELL NO! Well yeah… but don’t worry, Mikey took on the heavy burden and we all knew he would deliver the goods… Check out his solo album. Is it Gallows Light? I’m not sure, some folks think it is, but for me it’s just Mikey doing his thing and doing it good! I had the chance to do merch for them at some of their European shows earlier this year and they welcomed me as an old friend. I love Mikey and the rest of them crazy idiots, even Avery…
The Barnyard Stompers
Casey and Megan… First time we ran into these guys, they where playing the open mic stage a few years ago. Casey was drunk as fuck and still being one hell of a frontman, while Megan kept the rhythm going on her drums like an army general pushing his troops into battle. The Barnyard Stompers do what they do, they don’t take shit from nobody, follow no trends and get shit done! I love it. They have songs that I wish ANTiSEEN would play, and they should!
East Cameron Folkcore
One of the bands on this years line-up that I never heard of. I gave them a quick listen while making preparations. They made it to my “must watch list”. And boy was I glad I went to see them and even more glad I filmed them. I shot more than just this, but for some reason the camera fucked up two other songs. But for the rest of their set I was dancing my ass off. They gave me a “Refused goes bluegrass” feeling. I know it doesn’t do them justice, but I think you know what I’m talking about.
The Urban Pioneers
Is there life after The Broken Band? Sure there is! Jayke is doing his thing, James always did it and Liz and Jarred are proving everyone wrong as well. What started as an in between project became a solid band playing all over the world. If you got talent, you got talent, it’s that simple.
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
“It’s my party and cry if I want to”, that’s the song that pops into my head every time the boys from Kansas come on stage. I don’t think they ever played this song, I’m sure they hate this song. But the fact is, that when they are playing, it’s going to be a party, and if you’re not feeling it… YOU SUCK! In this “scene”, I hate the word, these guys are on the same level as The Goddamn Gallows, and people may not yet know this, but I’m sure that they will make their mark and I wish them all the good things coming to them. TETTE BLOEWET!
The Calamity Cubes!
I know there where people at the festival only to see Dr. Ralph Stanley, I also know that some people came only because these guys where playing. Can you blame them? The Cubes are that good and anyone that says otherwise is a dick… Simple as that! They are responsible for some of the best songs going around our little ball of dinosaur shit and you better learn to live with it…
Sean and Zander
The Legendary Duo! That’s all… Enjoy!
After the Sean and Zander show I put my camera away, it was rum o’clock…
Last week we got an email in our inbox from a very lovely lady named Kate, praising what we do with the website and the Beagle Sessions. Along with the praises there was a press release about a band that I never heard of. She asked me to read it and listen to the tunes if I had the time. At that moment it hit me, “oh fuck, this girl is being so nice to us, what if this band sucks? I don’t want to be the one to tell her, ah fuck me!!!!” But don’t be fooled, Kate was not just looking for a cheap way to give some crappy band some media attention. She knew what she was doing, she knew the band was good, real good, and I knew it after just one song. Thank you Kate!
The album opens with the 1930’s jazz song “I lost my gal from Memphis”. The song was originally composed by Peter De Rose, with lyrics by Charlie Tobias. Rollie and his boys give the song a small make-over with tremendous respect to the original wich ends up in a fun swinger. It puts a smile on your face and makes you want to dance with a pretty lady.
For the next song Rollie and his band slow it way down with the Charlie Patton classic “Elder Green Blues”. Where in the Patton version you hear a violin, I’m damn sure these guys used an accordion and it sounds just perfect. It adds to the sadness of the song. After the instrumental “Michigan Stomp” (an original I think) we head over to the traditional “Satan your kingdom must come down”, this song is best known in the Robert Plant version but I have to say I like this one better. It’s darker, more intense, you can feel something lurking in the dark and those minimal jazzy drum strokes combined with the controlled feedback make it one hell of a song!
We pick up the pace again with another original called “Speakeasy Rag”, it’s again an instrumental song in wich the bands shows how good they actually can play and control their instruments. Check out this video and judge for yourself. I was impressed.
After a little intermesso on organ we come to another 1930’s popular swinger named “It ain’t right”, first recorded by Stuff Smith. Again the violin is missing like in the first recording, but what the boys do with the song makes up that feeling in a heartbeat. There’s something in Rollie’s singing style, he swallows the last letters of most words he sings, this would be something that would bother me with every other singer, but it works for him. Is it just the way he talks? I don’t know, but it sounds just right and makes this song even better. I included the video for this song at the end of the review, check it out!
“KC Moan” by the Memphis Jug Band is up next. By now I was wondering… “These guys play all covers, well most of the songs… I don’t like cover bands, I hate cover bands… Why am I doing a review for a fucking cover band?” You know why? Because they play them so good and with so much respect it doesn’t feel like it’s a cover. And they don’t play covers if you think about it, they play a song recorded before by an other artist in a time long gone. They are passing these songs on to the next generation, they are paying an homage to these old blues and jazz legends and I respect them for doing so.
The next homage is “James Alley Blues”, recorded by Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown in New Orleans on march 11th in 1927. It was a sad song back then, it still is now. While Mister Brown’s version is very slow, Rollie and his boys go for a more up tempo version, but it doesn’t take the “sad” out and that’s how it is to be.
The last song on the record is “Done Got Old” by David “Junior” Kimbrough. It’s the youngest song on the album apart from the originals and again the band nails it. Dirty, fast blues with a country feel this time and with awesome hand-claps in the background and amazing picking by Rollie.
I would call this album a history lesson that every person who likes blues, Jazz, roots or whatever “rock” music should listen to. I got to know so many great and long forgotten songs and artists while listening to these tunes. Is it original? No! Is it good? Hell yeah! Am I going to look different now upon cover bands? NO! Fuck them! Unless they do it like this, pay homage and don’t take the easy way out.
Sunday, June 28th we had the pleasure of having them Carrie Nation boys over at our place. We did an interview and they played 3 songs in our back yard. Later that day they played a show at the Irish pub in Diest. After the show they crashed at our place, the Beagles sure loved it…
Waking up sunday morning was hard… Real hard… All this fun, drinking, and goofing of with old and new friends was getting to me. I’m only 34, but I’m sure as hell not 16 anymore. But hey, the show has to go on! Due to the fact I was having a hard time getting trough the day there is not as much video as I wanted. My sincere apologies for this.
Viva Le Vox kicked of the party at 1 PM, but for me personally, they deserved a spot way higher on the schedule. I mean, this is party music, and 1 PM is to early to party… I’m not saying that there where bands that had to be lower on the schedule, it’s just… Aaarrgghhh fuck it! Viva le Vox kicks ass, that’s all.
Our buddy and good friend Lou Shields was up next and he always puts a smile on my face, on and of stage. There’s just something about him. He has a new album coming up, so keep your eyes open for that one! Oh and enjoy the dancing skills Cris from S.S. WEB is demonstrating next to the stage…
Sunday was going to be a little more traditional musical wise then the previous days and with Owen Mays, Jason booked the perfect guy to serve us some old school country and Honky Tonk tunes. We had been hanging out with Owen, well Owen had been hanging out with us at our camp, and he played us some songs the days before together with Jo from Black Cat Bone Squad during a late night jam session, so we made sure not to miss his set! I remember him walking up to camp on sunday morning with a smile from ear to ear with the great news that Liz Sloan would be joining him and his boys on stage for the entire set. And what a set it was…
The Hooten Hallers!!! The FUCKING HOOTEN HALLERS!!!! Holy Crow!!! Most folks had no idea who they where, but did they make new fans and friends, yes SIR! With John on guitar, Andy on drums and Kellie on bass sax they put down a totally original sound that grabs you by the balls and makes you dance. Could we describe them as Morphine on swamp gas? Maybe we can, but there is no need to compare them to any other band, these are The Hooten Hallers, and The Hooten Hallers are The Hooten Hallers… Hooten Hallers, I just love to say Hooten Hallers…
After this I was done filming, I was tired, I needed to relax my shoulders and my back. I did get to see some more good shows. But most of the time I used sunday to hang with friends and family. We hope to see you all again next year, and some of you in a two months in the states!
We told you about the Groezrock festival in an earlier post. Now that spring is upon us and the weather gods still piss on us, we thought it would be a good idea to warm your hearts and souls with a little list of bands that we think you should go see…
Social Distortion FUCK YEAH! Social D is playing Groezrock! If there is one band combining punk rock and roots rock for years and years it’s Social Distortion. Mike Ness, the tattooed gentleman, embodies rock’n’roll and has been paying tribute to the legends for a long time. He became a legend himself for many folks out there.
We all know that lots of kids at the festival will not understand what these guys are all about, but as a wise man once said, “I don’t trust a hardcore kid that doesn’t like punk rock”. And to make this picture complete, they will perform their self titled album in its entirety, celebrating it’s 25 anniversary!
“Hey Tom, do you remember the first time we got to see The Dwarves”? A good friend asked me this a couple of months ago, we where looking at the Groezrock line-up…
Do I remember? Do I remember?? Do I fucking remember??? I still wear the scars on my body! My god that was a crazy show… If you like your punk rock politically correct stay far away from The Dwarves, they will fuck up your little PC brain and make you run away, screaming for mommy! If you like booze, drugs and tits, this band is for you!
I first saw the name of this band on a cap Jayke Orvis was wearing at Muddy Roots last year I think. It just stuck… The moment I got into our motel room on monday after the festival I went online to check out this name. Oh boy was I glad I did! I think, if not for Inny, I would have destroyed that whole room as a one man moshpit! Holy Crow, these guys kick you back to the 80’s hardcore/thrash sound and do it so fucking good! Get ready for the pit, I hope you make it out alive…
The Smith Street Band
If after all the noise, chaos and violence in the pit you need to take a rest, but you still want to see and hear some good music, go see these guys. NO, we’re not talking about some teenage-girl-fantasy-poppunk-boy-band.
The Smith Street Band is an excellent folk punk band from Australia. Don’t worry, there will be no treehugging, just good music…
More thrash? YES! MORE THRASH!!!! If the USA can have Iron Reagan, we can have Toxic Shock! Fuck all y’all! That’s it… Go and support local bands, fight cancer and stay strong!
Do you need a reason to go see Refused? C’mon, it’s Refused… You don’t need one, you just go…
Pioneers! And still kids throw shit at them online. I would love to see one of those internet warriors do that in real life. Fuck ’em, Gotta Go See Agnostic Front!
If there is one band that you ever need to see when loving hardcore or punk, this is that band. Get drunk, take drugs and fight the system! Or stay sober and hug a cop… (just kiddin’ about the drugs…)
Get ready to Skank your Ska bone! Hailing from L.A. The Interrupters are ready to bring us some catchy ska punk which bears the approval of Tim Armstrong, and if that’s not enough… Go fu… You know what, I don’t care, I’ll be dancing!
These guys from Antwerp have no place at Groezrock you would think. Their heavy sludge sound is not something you would expect at a punk rock festival, but I’m sure they will prove you wrong when you go see them. Heavy as fuck and an in your face attitude, what more do you want?
Maybe this video will convince you how hardcore they are…
Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, Skunk Ruckus is a band that according to their webpage blends elements of old time music with punk, as so many other bands claim to do these days. I don’t care if there’s a million of these bands out there, as long as they are all as good as these guys. The punk influence is minimal, but nicely done. Even the typical old time music is minimal, well yeah, they use a washboard and banjo, but it doesn’t sound like they are trying to be this 1930’s band gone punk… Where most bands stay far away from electric guitar and bass, Skunk Ruckus embraces them to give their sound that extra kick.
An important aspect of this band and therefore this album is Mr. Jim Daddy’s vocals. Nick Cave comes to mind more then once when I hear him sing, and that’s a huge compliment.
“Billy Mac” kicks the album in first gear and takes you on a wild ride with a homicidal maniac and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Dark storytelling, creepy vibes and great musicianship. Next up is “Pretty Little Things” and here’s that Nick Cave vibe for the first time. Girls hold your men tight, dance with him and when you look into his eyes… You know you’re fucked… He’s a killer…
“The Devil Must Be Beating His Wife” is a great uptempo song that will get every crowd rocking like fools. In Belgium we say “it’s carnaval in Hell” when the sun is shining and the rain is coming down at the same time, but I like this phrase way more.
Rolling into “Darling Corey” Skunk Ruckus upholds the tempo and delivers a great version of this traditional song about love, loss and moonshine. Before you know it there’s a “Mosquito” buzzing around your head and as the real little bloodsucker this song is irritating, but that scratch after the bite can be so rewarding, doesn’t make sense, I know, just listen…
As the album moves on with “Hello” we come to “You let me Stay”, a balladesque song that once again proves that for every stupid drunk there is a girl dumb enough to take him in. Thank you girls, we try, we realy do… “Tear It Down” is also a traditional, but wrapped in a punk/rockabilly blanket with a great kazoo part that will put a huge smile on your face.
I think that “Little Margaret” can best be discribed as a gothic country song, it’s eerie, dark, building up, waiting to explode, waiting, waiting… If they could get Lonesome Wyatt to record this song with them, this would be an instant classic. Don’t get me wrong, the song is fantastic, but listening to it, I could just hear Jim and Wyatt sing this together. “Zombie Love Song” sounds like an old psychobilly song on your recordplayer at the wrong tempo. And even then it sounds cool…
By now you should have figured out that I realy like this album and I’m sure most of our readers will too. I hope they get the opportunity to show all of you what they are about and make you dance, drink and party like crazy.