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?
yes!
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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!!!

See you in our field…

Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors.
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Rootstown Bookings for providing us with great bands and artists
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Timetable friday:
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

 

 

Day two didn’t start slow… That was something new. I held the promise to myself to not get wasted on day one. Good for me! And good for you! If otherwise I would not have being able to film the Rock Bottom String Band. It was the first time for me and I think many others in the field to see this band from Texas on stage and they sure didn’t disappoint!

Modern Primitives where another band on this years bill that was a complete stranger to me. Their dirty garage rock was catchy, maybe a bit out of place (if there is such a thing at Muddy Roots), but I sure enjoyed it.

Like every year there where some bands that I really wanted to see and Smokestack Relics was one of them. These two brothers from Denver kicked the Little Tent stage straight in the butt and everyone bended over for more. Sleazy swamp rock stripped to the bone, I hope these guys come over to Europe real soon.

The Drunken Cuddle, the Drunken “fucking” Cuddle!!! What a feast to see and hear. If only for Katie Marie’s funny faces while going wild behind her drumkit. But we can’t forget Erik, with just a guitar and drums they create a monstrous sound that will appeal to all that like punk, wild roots or whatever. If you love good music, you’ll love The Drunken Cuddle!

Hooray!!! Sailing Ships With Empty Bottles finally got to play Muddy Roots! Better known as S.S. WEB our boys from Milwaukee where more then surprised to see how many fans showed up and sang along with all their songs. As Criss would tell me later, “I’m oblivious about how many people actually like us”. As you can see in the video it wasn’t only the fans that had fun during this set. A big shout out to Guido Greaserag for joining them on bass for a couple songs. I miss his mug on stage…

I think last years show was Dylan Walshe‘s best show I had ever seen him do. So this year he had to do something special to top it, well he didn’t… He was just Dylan Walshe, and that’s all he needs to be, it was what it was, Dylan Walshe… And it was perfect as always!!!

Jayke Orvis‘ return to Muddy Roots was that of a Roman Emperor returning to Rome after a great victory… Glorious, grand and spectacular! He invited a group of friends on stage and that’s all I will write about this, the video speaks for itself. WHIPLASH!!!

After Jayke’s set I was done filming for that day, but Muddy Roots wasn’t, far from it. I missed Joseph Huber and Dex and Crash (I did see Dex the week after in Brooklyn together with JD Wilkes, it was beautiful) because we where hanging with our friends Leni and Shinto from Belgium (if you’re ever around our little country check out their Tattoo shop, Moonshine Tattoo Parlour) who where on their honeymoon with their son Lewis. What a cool kid this is, he’ll be heartbreaker for sure! But I was not going to miss the Melvins. All I can say is this: “it was loud, it was hard and it was FUCKING AWESOME!!!”
And then we still had Those Poor Bastards and The Hooten Hallers to finish us all off. If you where there you know how it was, if you where not… Pfff, your loss! Hahaha!

Stick around for day 3

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the Roadkill Festival in Waarschoot, Belgium. I knew about the festival, but I had never been there. I also knew that in the past they had some fantastic line-ups, this year wasn’t any different. With bands like Honky, Peter Pan Speedrock, The Goddamn Gallows, ANTI-SEEN, Fifty Foot Combo and so many more we where in for a treat.

The first thing that I noticed when we arrived at the festival was the lack of big corporate sponsors, but a real professional setting. The second thing was the layed-backness of the crew working the festival. No over the top security bullshit, no backpack checks, just pay at the door (or pick-up a press-pass, thanks Bert), buy some drinking tickets and have fun! From this moment on I knew we came to the right place and I wondered why we haven’t being coming here before.

We walked in the tent looking for Mikey Classic, we had some shirts to deliver, (pick one up at his solo tour this week!) and something very strange was going on on stage… Bleeding Antlers from the UK where providing the people with a bunch of noise and weird antics… Goat-masks, distorted vocals and shreddin’ guitars. It sounded like a mess, but I was intrigued… I’m waiting for their album to come out before I make up my mind if I like it or not… After this heathen mass Devastatiön from Belgium kicked it off at the outside stage. High speed blackened trash metal would be a good “label” for their music. I normally like this kind of music but I didn’t really pay attention to it, we had people to greet, first beers to drink and set up the camera’s… What I do remember was the vocals, and that I liked them a lot!

The Goddamn Gallows where up next. This would be their second to last show of the tour that took ’em all over Europe in 2 months. They where tired, I could see it in their eyes, but still hungry to make new fans and friends. Hardest working band in showbiz? THESE GUYS! The crowd went nuts!

Garage rock has always been an underground phenomenon, but in Belgium new bands seem to emerge everyday, The Glücks are one of those bands holding the flag high and making sure they make a lasting impression with every show they play. Drums and guitar, that’s it, but the sound they create is the equivalent of ten suicide-bombers going of at once.

HONKY out of Austin, Texas came to Roadkill to provide us with the best Superboogie Rock on the planet. The band has a cult status for a reason and they made that very clear with their show. Groovin’, hardrockin’ madness!!!

If there is one band in the world that punks, metal-heads, psycho-billies, crusties or whatever sub-genre you wish to label yourself with all like the same, it’s Peter Pan Speedrock! Eindhoven’s best export product has toured the planet more then once and are now on their goodbye tour. Nothing on stage indicates this, they are still playing hard as ever, with a huge smile on their face! What a great show it was!

We drove to our B&B in Eeklo while Peter Pan was still playing, we needed some sleep, it had been a long week and a long day, but a good day…

These last two weeks or so I had the pleasure to hang around with Andrew and his lovely wife Mary for a couple of days while they where on tour in Europe. I hooked up with them as much as I could while playing in Belgium because apart from Andrew being a great musician and singer, he and Mary are just fun to hang with! Down to earth, beer drinking, fun loving human-beings! And in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Havin’ fun, making new friends, talk life and be happy with the times you can spend with those you love.

Andrew played “Roots in het Park” in Aarschot July 21st, a little one day free festival, put on by Kurt “Da Bomb” from Rootstown Bookings. In the video you can see some of the songs he played.

Today I went to see his last show of his European tour, and that’s always bitter-sweet. I hate saying good-bye… Don’t be sad, plans are being made for a next tour, and make sure to come and see him on a stage near you.

If you forgot to buy your shirt or cd while you where at one of the shows, or like what you see in the video, contact us. We got some shirts and cd’s to sell. Yes… all money will go back to him, you do know who’s writing this shit don’t you?

photo by Angel Alonzo

East Cameron Folkcore from Austin, Texas are on a two week tour in Europe. I first got to see them at Muddy Roots last year and their performance was so incredible that there was no way I would miss them playing in Europe. There was no date in Belgium, but lucky for me there was one in Aachen, which is only an hour drive from where I live.

I got there early, so I got to hang out with them, talk life, have a drink and do an interview. They played a great show which you can see below. Last year they released “Kingdom of Fear” and for me this is one of the best “indie” albums ever made! Make sure you get your copy…

For more info on the band check out:

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!

 

WE’REWOLVES (bel)
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…

Okkultokrati (nor)
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!

Seuora (fin)
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.

 

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…

 

Dylan Walshe
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!

Yes Ma’am
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!

The Tillers
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.

Harley Poe
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!

Lou Shields
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.

James Hunnicutt
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!

Whiskey Shivers
“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!!!

Hopeless Jack
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…

Joseph Huber
Ex-.357Stringband, master song-smith Joseph Huber… What more can you say about him? Just enjoy the songs.

While on our trip in the USA we met up with our friends in the Kountry Kittens at the Lazy Z resort in Sonora. What a beautiful place… We shared a cabin with the most wonderful folks, Jayke, Anna and Michael James. Jo got him a cheap ass guitar at a pawn shop in Seattle… Jayke and Jo played some songs and this is what we got… Second song in the video is an original by Jo (Jumpin’ Jim) Enjoy!

Thank you Anni and the rest of the Kittens, we love you girls to dead!

On the Belgian national holiday there where many places to go, but if you love some good old live music played by some amazing people, there was only one place to be! The first edition of Roots in het Park! It was a free festival with such a great line-up. Fishgutzzz, Philip Bradatsch, James Hunnicutt, S.S. WEB and to top it of, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy! For most of the artists it was the last show of their tour, so they played their very best and had a great time hanging out with friends and family, old and new.

Thanks to Kurt from Rootstown Bookings and all the people helping out!

Enjoy the video’s we made, and we hope there will be more of this the coming years…

By now most of you have heard the news about Owen’s passing… I woke up to this at 5 in the morning to get to work and the news felt like a fist to the gut.

The first time I met Owen was last year at Muddy Roots in Cookeville, I think it was Lou Shields that introduced us to each other. He gave me a firm handshake and made a sarcastic joke about Belgium. I knew from that moment on he was a great guy. I had seen him play in 2012 and loved his songs from the first note. In a scene where most bands are  playing with dirty punk sound or attitude, Owen went the traditional path and I admired him for that.

From time to time we talked a little on facebook and he was always so thankful even if I couldn’t help, he was grateful that I tried. That’s a quality I miss in folks these days, you can’t always have what you want, but be thankful for people trying… Owen was like that, he was honest, straight forward, in your face and funny as hell!

It seems like last week, but Muddy Roots Europe is already a month away and that’s where I got to know more about Owen. He hung out at our camp every night, he sang songs to us while we shared drinks, burgers and stories. Owen was an amazing storyteller. People would gather around him and listen to him tell one of his crazy adventures, when the story was over he took a big sip of rum and played another song. He would then pass the guitar and let somebody else play and he would listen, really listen. He cared about that, people playing their songs…  Every time he walked up to our camp you could see smiles on people’s faces, and the biggest one was his. He was so happy being in Europe, playing songs, telling stories or teaching people how to play a better banjo. He was teaching Stefan from Black Cat Bone Squad how to play clawhammer. Stefan who is ten years older took it all in as a little kid, looking at Owen like he was god… It was beautiful…

If you look at what’s happening on facebook you know that Owen touched many hearts, he sure touched mine. We where making plans to do an interview and a (non)Beagle Session in Cookeville in September and I was so looking forward to it. I guess it’s never gonna happen… The news of his passing makes me so damn sad, but I try to think about that one weekend, just a month ago, and that puts a smile on my face. I hope you can do the same. Remember him as he was, one hell of a good guy!

Here’s to you Owen! You will never be forgotten! CHEERS!

Some time ago I bumped into Darren Deicide while surfing the web. He instantly grabbed my attention with his music and, while looking further into him, also as a person. “This guy, now that’s something we don’t see everyday in this “roots” scene”, was what I was thinking. I got in contact with him and from one thing came the other…

Some weeks later I got his EP “Bomb This Joint” in my mailbox. This little slap of vinyl has been doing rounds on my turntable for a while now, and it gets better every time I play it. The title track is a wild footstomping piece of rhythm and blues punk that will make you wanna dance like you’re possessed by the devil himself. It sounds simple and repetitive at first, but it’s so effective. And when those hand claps come in… they just hit the spot! On the B-side we find “Hudson River Hangover” A slow-moving song with a deep impact. Darren only plays the most essential strings on this and it gives the song a dark and minimal feel. It has a certain threat coming towards you, a feeling something bad is going to happen soon… This ep, as all other ep’s, is way too short and leaves you hungry for more. So I suggest you all go to Darren’s website and order his music. You can also find him on Spotify, but please buy directly from him, we all know why…

Now enjoy the interview.
1. First things first, please tell our readers who you are, where you’re from, what you do in daily life…
I’m Darren Deicide. I reside in Jersey City, New Jersey though I’m originally from Chicago. I guess you could say that I’m a devotee of a certain thread of music tradition, that which comes from the tradition of diabolical Americana. Its influence has spanned decades and been in a constant state of evolution, and it has been great to be a part of it in any way, whether it’s playing my music, archiving music from the past, getting people to swing, or anything in-between.

2. Darren you play as a solo artist now, did you play in other bands before? Who was it, what did you play? Or have you always been a lone wolf?
I actually grew up playing piano, though I never did any public performances beyond recitals. I then picked up guitar. Like any good rebellious teen, I’ve played guitar in a slew of mediocre punk bands that mostly aren’t worth mentioning. I’ve also dabbled with other musicians, but musicians are a notoriously flakey group of people. It’s very rare when one finds a deeply creative individual who isn’t a mental basketcase, or conversely a competent, sane person who isn’t completely conventional in their approach to music. For whatever reason, the parts of a human brain where organization and expression are strongest don’t seem to wire together often. I may not be an exception to that either. So, yes, I’ve been mostly a lone wolf, however I’m starting to work more with other musicians. For example, I recently wrote a song with Nathan Gray, the lead singer of Boysetsfire, called “My Star-Spangled Banner” and I think it’s great. My crystal ball tells me that more of these types of collaborations are in the future.

3. While your 2006 album “Temptation and the Taboo, part 1” had a more “atmospheric” sound you now play a more lo-fi, primitive form of, let’s call it, “blues”. Why is this? Did you want a more head-on, confrontational sound? More like your live shows, raw and in your face?
I actually did a demo before “Temptation and the Taboo, Part 1” that was probably the most raw thing I’ve ever done, and it was pretty under-developed in retrospect. But those are the breaks when you’re exploring a musical voice. “Temptation and the Taboo, Part 1” was an early experiment in conceptualism, but I never thought it was particularly far off from my live sound. It has been a guiding ethos of mine to keep my music rather organic. Part of me, indeed, wants to replicate what I do live. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing an artist live, wanting to take their music home, and then finding out the recording is a fictionalization of what they do. It can make you feel like you bought a goose egg, and I consider it a type of false advertising. But it’s also what people who understand my music want. I hear it a lot. People come up to me and say, “Make sure you keep that rawness that you have. That’s what I like about what you’re doing. It’s real.” And while “real”, in most contexts, doesn’t mean anything, I know what they’re getting at. Double-tracked, auto-tuned vocals with ridiculously reverbed snare drum and synthetic violins seems to be the order of the day, and a lot of people are sick of the overproduction and lack of subtlety. Some people are really yearning for the physical again. They want to reacquaint themselves with fleshly experiences and their primal selves, so a lot of them are looking for more ways to unplug from this hyper-connected world. A lot of psychologists and sociologists are just starting to measure the evidence about what this constant exposure to connectivity does to our brains. Many people can’t focus or be present, they feel atomized and isolated, and then they wonder why they feel so miserable. It has been quite stark to witness, especially with younger people who come to my shows. Many have no idea what it’s like to grow up without an instant connection to the social hivemind or what it’s like to be totally immersed in the present environment of a music aesthetic without the option of outside distractions. Some are simply addicted to their phones and have no social skills. I think something about roots music is a breath of fresh air to many, and the rawness is just reflective of that.

4. If it were up to you, whom of todays artists, would you like to record a song/album with?
There is so much bubbling right now that I’m constantly surprised by something I’ve never heard before. I’m not going to presumptuously assume I’d creatively mesh with anybody. One of my favorite artists is Edgefield C. Johnston over in St. Louis. He’s an amazing poet and truly one-of-a-kind. I re-wrote an old demo song I’ve been holding on to named “Static”, and he does this great segue during it. It’ll be on the future album.

5. Is there a new full album on its way? And if so, what can we expect? Just you, or are you going to work with other people?
Yes, there is! I don’t want to burst too many bubbles yet, but let’s just say that I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to lay the foundation for it, including talking to record labels, producers, and lots of people in-between. I think every artist thinks their most recent work is their best, just because they’re more currently attached to it, but I have to say, I really think this is my best music yet. I’ve been playing a lot of these songs live, some for over a year now, but I just haven’t put them to a recording. There have been a lot of setbacks between “The Jersey Devil is Here” and today, including a serious injury I had to deal with. But I’ll be in the studio and I’ll have more news by the end of the summer.

5. Is it fair to call you a “nerd” on American music? Not being disrespectful, but you really love the history of American music don’t you?
It isn’t exactly unfair. It is true that there is nothing that moves me more than Americana. America is an inspiration. Sure, it has issues. Human beings are nasty creatures, so their foibles will always taint any society. But in some respect, a culture is a reflection of a society’s ideals, and the American revolution established many incredibly admirable ideals. Well, its culture has reflected that promise, along with the honesty and joy that is so unique to American sensibilities, whether it’s in the indulgent horn section of a swing band, the surreal landscape of the blues guitar, or the bleak tragedies of country romanticism. And the list goes on. Americana is so influential that we see other countries taking those traditions and tossing them back at us in new variations. I welcome the ante up!

6. Can I label you as a neo-traditionalist? I’m not talking about “rockabilly guys that wish they where teenagers or in their early 20’s in the 50’s, but can’t live without their Iphone”. I get the feeling you are person that takes pride in being a gentleman, somebody that takes pride in who they are, where they come from and what they are doing. Somebody that loves doing things hands on, not wait around and hopes things will “work out”… A person that takes on life as it comes and makes the best, without crying about the things that could have been.
I’ll let others be the judge of that. I’m not one to easily slap labels on myself.

7. As the host for Agent Provocateur, your online radio show, you take on everything that’s going wrong in this world. you don’t take a political stand, but you give your opinion. You say what you think and what you want. How big is the shit storm that hits you when you take on these items?
It really depends on the issue. Take for instance my analysis of Zionism. By far, out of any subject I tackled, that produced the most feedback, for and against. But the people who disagreed came out like roaches and boy, were they persistent. I titled that episode “Zionism’s Free Pass Gets Revoked”. It pointed out what a fundamentalist movement Zionism actually is and pointed out how, like any fundamentalist movement, once it gains state power, it sprouts into a totalitarian, criminal political power. That’s nothing particularly controversial. The UN and most people outside of the American-centric worldview wouldn’t be shocked. But I was bombarded with e-mails from people, and, surprise, surprise, many had personal ties with Israeli special interest. Now, take a look at the episode archive and you’ll see that some episodes later I did another entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Free Pass Gets Revoked”. Again, what I said wasn’t particularly controversial to anyone who has been paying at least a moderate amount of attention to the world beyond their navel. The structure of the analysis was essentially the same as the episode on Zionism, but instead I dissected Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and America’s close relationship to it. The difference in response was dramatic. I heard nothing, not a peep. Seriously, I didn’t even receive a single email or comment. Americans have deeply internalized double-standards that most aren’t questioning, with favoritism towards Zionism being an obvious one.

All moral systems are derived from political power. In that sense, might makes right. A major point of “Agent Provocateur”, besides indulging in my humorous side, is to question the legitimacy of some of those systems. This is a Satanist here, someone who has entirely rejected the notion of divine authority, the presumably greatest authority of all. Bowing to irrational pities or just accepting the face value of common narratives is not something I do easily, especially when it’s a matter of unquestioned and overly simplistic views on the world. Stupidity and hypocrisy works well for others, especially religionists and their allies, but I’ll pass.

8. You are a member, Warlock and spokesman for the Church of Satan, if so, how does this reflect on your music?
And how does this affect your personal life?
My music is a reflection of my thoughts and emotions which come from my experiences. My experiences are dictated by my life choices, and my life choices come from my approach to the world. My approach to the world comes from my ethos, which can best be described as Satanic. I assume it would work that way for any Satanist who creates art.

9. Does the fact that you are open about your affiliation with the CoS hold back your musical career in any way? And what are your feelings about this matter?
If my affiliation is something that would steer some away from my music, then Satanism is doing exactly what I want it to do, and that just tickles my underbelly. Scholarship suggests that a lot of the blues pioneers were accused of being in league with the devil during the nascent days of the blues. Most took the approach of being defensive, insisting that they were God-fearing people. A smaller minority, like Robert Johnson or Tommy Johnson, took the opposite approach and associated themselves and their art more deeply with diabolism. Count me amongst the latter.

10. Do you consider music, and more important, your music, to be a “magical” thing? (lesser or greater)
Absolutely. Just come to my show, and we’ll see if my spells have any effect on you.

11. You make your own beer I have learned, tell us more about this. Remember, we are from Belgium and have a great beer history, we are very proud of this, but I have to say, while traveling the USA the last 3 years, I did get to drink some great American micro-brewery beers. So shoot!
First, let me say that I am a huge fan of Belgium’s beer culture, and though I have never been to Belgium, I have a life-goal to eventually play there, preferably surrounded by a crew of naughty, beer-drinking Belgians. I cannot disagree with you, Belgium. Your beer is absolutely fantastic.

I’ve been brewing beer for years, long before it recently became respectable in America. It’s a passion of mine, and I’ve entered home brews in international competitions, with really great scores. It’s gotten to the point where I just brew all my beer and rarely buy beer from a store. I make exactly what I like, often with harvested ingredients from my own garden. Why settle for anything less than what you want?

A lot of art forms have overlapping aesthetic judgments. Whether it’s music informing dance, dance informing fashion, or fashion informing sound, it all cross-pollinates to create total environments. Well, I’ve always found Americana interesting in that I feel that booze and Americana have had a unique relationship. I honestly think that some songs sound like or compliment a particular libation. It’s not something that gets talked about a lot, so this theory might sound strange. I’ll give you an example. I bet any fan of Americana can tell me what the sound of moonshine is. They probably wouldn’t jump to say the Chick Webb Orchestra. That’s more of a dry martini kind of band. Even a smooth blues man like Josh White sounds a bit more like a very nicely aged bourbon. But an Appalachian bluegrass artist? Pass the jar and light the fire pit! I like to explore that overlap when I make beer or write music.

12. Can we get an exclusive? Or just some last words…
Sure. Give into temptation. It’s only your freedom.

Photo credit will be added when we get it from Darren.

http://www.darrendeicide.com

What really happened at the crossroads: The darker side of roots music…

Folk and roots music artists have always been singing about the devil or the darker side of our existence, we all know how Robert Johnson sold his soul at the crossroads, but in the end good always prevails over evil. Jesus is lord and God can be an asshole from time to time, but when you need him the most he’ll be there is what seems to be the general message in most of these “spiritual” songs. How you deal with this is your own personal choice.
Then there are the murder ballads, but even here the bad guy still is the bad guy and gets what he deserves in the end.

But not all artists in todays roots or folk scene walk that righteous path. As for many the devil is an inspiration to write songs, for some it is a way of life…

Chicago born Darren Deicide is one of these rare specimen. Bluesman, lindyhop dance instructor and Satanist. Darren is a warlock in the Church of Satan and spokesman for the organization. Now before you get all scared and start hiding your children in fear of them being sacrificed to the horned one down below, relax, it’s not what you think. I have been looking into Darren and he seems to be a really nice and intelligent human being walking his own path in live. And furthermore he’s a great musician! I contacted Darren to see if he was OK that I mentioned him in this article and he was more than fine with it. In the near future we’ll do an interview with him and a review of his new 7″.
At first you would think his music has nothing to do with Satan or Satanism, it’s not black metal folks… But if you really listen to it and know a little about the COS you can clearly hear what’s it all about. His music sounds dark, maybe blasphemous, but even if you don’t agree with his way of thinking, I assure you that his songs will make you dance. With nothing more than a guitar and a stomp box he’ll take you on a wild ride to hell and back (this phrase is totally justified here!).

King Dude aka T.J. Cowgill from Seattle is not your average folk musician, his music can be labeled more neo-folk than anything else, but I still think he fits this piece. “Pagan-fueled folk wrapped tight with outsider Americana” as he describes it himself is about as close it will get. He has a long history in black and death metal, but that alone is not why he’s featured here. He’s a Luciferean and very open about it.

He recently was crowned ambassador of the Greater Church of Lucifer and is very proud of this. While he was spreading wisdom and light with his music, he now also can marry people in Luciferian weddings. He recently toured Europe and as expected I could not make it to any of his shows. One day I hope to be present for one of his performances If you like dark, doomed filled folk music check out his albums and gaze into the dark abyss he creates.

Amigo The Devil, while I know nothing about Danny Kiranos’ spiritual walk of live, fits perfect in this write-up. Why you ask? Well, because where most murder ballads seem to end badly in the end for the perpetrator Danny often writes from their point of view and this makes his songs extremely dark and intense. When you listen to “The Recluse” (about Ed Gein) you can almost feel him stalking you in a dark alley before he wears your skin as a three-piece suit. Or just take a listen to “Dahmer does Hollywood”, this banjo driven song, with its amazing clever lyrics, will send shivers down your spine.

disclaimer: (the website) Old Style Music Nights is not connected to any religion, cult, church or whatever… Thank you.

Something something called art

Art, it’s a personal thing. Some folks hate what you like, others love what you hate. Graffiti to some is vandalism, to me it’s art, same thing with tattoos… Inny and me are not rich, we both have our jobs, we’re doing fine. You don’t need to be rich to own art. There are so many great artists in the world that you will never see in a museum, but that are worth supporting. And that means buying their stuff. Or talking about them to other people. We like to buy some from time to time.

A couple of years ago I bought my first piece, it was a one-off original Doug Dorr. Doug is an amazing Kustom Kulture artist who makes kick ass stuff. He does pinstriping, tiki art, paintings… His signature Kool Tools stuff is something to look out for. I bought a piece from him in person at the Bottrop Kustom Kulture Meeting in Germany. It still has a spotlight place in our livingroom. Last year I bought a washboard made by Piss Poor Washboards. They do wood burning and paint on, as the name says, washboards. Those old things your grandmother used to use to get her undies clean… We’re not gonna talk about your grandmothers undies, I don’t care what a looker she was back in the days, now she’s just old and it’s a little gross to even think about it. I was so grateful when it came in the mail, I played it untill our dogs where howling and barking at me to stop. I’m not a good washboard player. Thank you furry kids for pointing that out.

The reason for this “art” post is because I wanted to let you guys know about a certain lady that I’m proud of to call a friend. Wendi D Story, also known as Queen Monkey from North Carolina, USA. I think Wendi and me first got in contact through Facebook, for so many of us this medium has been the start of great friendships with people from all over the world. remember the days when you had to write a letter, post it, and then wait for 4 weeks to get an answer? It was great!

I knew she was one of the people working for Farmageddon Records, as I would get personal thank you notes with every order we made (I wish I kept those), but the first time we really talked in person was last year at Muddy Roots Festival 2013 in Cookeville, Tennessee. The year before that, in 2012, we talked because I was buying merch at the Farm merch stand, but that was about shirts and cd’s, I didn’t even told her who I was. I knew who she was, and I also knew who that little big mouth lady next to her was. I don’t know why when I look back at it, but it was a little intimidating talking to them our first time at the festival. I think it’s just in our nature as Belgian folks to be timid at times when timid is needed. But over those two years we started talking on Facebook and developed a friendship. I think we just clicked to use a cliché…

Back to art… Inny and me are married for seven years, July 14th, according to our friend Laila, we celebrated our fluffy or feathery wedding anniversary. I wanted to do something special, I wanted a gift that would last a lifetime. And yes… I can do things in the bedroom, and no they don’t last a lifetime. They last about 30 minutes… “Send Wendi a message!” that was the plan. Ask her to make something that Inny would like. Even after seven years of marriage and 14 years as a couple it’s hard to find the perfect gift. But I had it! A piece of art, done by a friend, something dark, something satanic, something with a camera, something something… That was pretty much the info I gave Wendi.

She was stoked on doing it, and what I’ve heard from the little big mouth girl, aka Wee One Dawn (HUGE in personality, I love you girl), she was also very nervous about this. What’s there to be nervous about, you’re an artist, you create art, you snap your fingers and there it is… No? Making art is not like flapping butt cheeks and farting it out? Damn, if it was, I would be a master and you would see my farts in the Louvre in Paris.

We all know better than my nonsense, Wendi is dedicated to what she does. Being it with her artwork, Glitter Bomb Burlesque (with the little big mouth girl) or the tattoo and piercing shop she owned and worked at.

wendi's piece

a kinda crappy Iphone pic Tom took of a bad ass piece of art

We saw each other again on Thursday, august 28, the first day of Muddy Roots 2014. The day of the last show of Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band. We arrived late, Wendi and me crossed eyes, hugged and knew what it was all about. “Tomorrow afternoon, bring Inny, let’s do this!” Fast forward… Friday around 3 in the afternoon, we joined Austin and Heather of The Hangdog Hearts at their merch table which was in the same tent as the Farmageddon merch. Wendi and I looked at each other and knew it was time. She was nervous, I could tell, I was nervous, I could smell. Inny didn’t know shit… The moment she pulled out the piece, I was flabbergasted, it was not what I was expecting, not at all, but I did fall in love with it on the spot. I called Inny over, she still had no idea what was going on. I told her I asked Wendi to make something for her. She didn’t really say anything when she saw it. I had to ask her if she liked it, and she didn’t really answer me… I don’t think she even thanked Wendi… I know she loved it, I could see it in her eyes, but I think she was just, I don’t know what she was thinking… I’m a man, we don’t know what girls think… Fuck it, she loved it! (Editor’s note: yes Tom, I did love it at first sight and sorry Wendi, I was really jetlagged that day and that causes social malfunctions in my brain. In other words, sometimes I just react awkward)

Please visit these link and support these fine folks, I didn’t mention all of these, but they do deserve your support:

Queen Monkey Art
Doug Dorr
Piss Poor Washboards
Omen Illustrations
Farmageddon Records
Glitter Bomb Burlesque

First things first.

Welcome to Old Style Music Nights! This is a joint effort from my wife (Inny) and me (Tom). We live in Diest, a small city in Belgium. A little something about the two of us.

I’ve always been a music lover, but suck at playing an instrument. I have a washboard, a voice and a kazoo and I think if I can write a song I would be the worst one man band in the world. So as a lover of music, I started organising shows in 1996 because the bands I liked where not playing where I lived. I still do this under the name Old Style Music Nights. I book what I like, put punk bands on the same night with bluegrass bands, a garage band opening for a folk act, I just don’t really care. If I like it and there is no ego in the band, and I can afford it, I’ll do it. I love old school skateboarding, but suck at it, so I cruise around on a long board, 16-year-old hardcore skater kids make fun of me, I don’t care. I ride and build lowrider and custom bicycles, roadracers make fun of me, I don’t care… I do care about good music, made by real people, played on real instruments. (I do not dislike electronic music, a computer can be an instrument if you know how to use it)

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My wife, Inny, is the one responsible for the amazing pictures you see here on this page. I can honestly say she makes me a better person. She is a rock, a rock, that from time to time I hit my head against, but always come back to. She is the clumsiest person I know. And I’m sure that when she leaves this world before me there will be a Darwin Award in our house. Aside from being a great and clumsy girl she is also a great photographer. She is one of the official Muddy Roots photographers. Together with our good friend Sophie she has her own company, Inso Photography. If you ever need two kick ass girls to come and take pictures at an event, wedding, concert, funeral… Whatever, you know where to be. I don’t know if they do porn, they sure as hell don’t tell me!

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