Bloodshot Bill, Dex Romweber, The Hooten Hollers @ Wills Pub. Thursday January 21, 2016 Show report and photographs by Jeffrey Howard.
The Hooten Hollers were already playing by the time I could get to Wills Pub. Their lineup of guitar, drums and baritone saxophone is cool. I really like when bands take on the traditional rock and roll roster of guitar/drums/bass. They were raw and fun.
Taking things even more minimal was garage rock statesman Dex Romweber, who was armed with only a Silvertone guitar and a ’68 Conn 500 amplifier. The man loves the music and it shows, not from every right and wrong note but radiates out from soul. Even when he concluded his set and turned off his amp he remained onstage with his back turned still playing a song to himself. You know that’s for fucking real.
Canada’s Bloodshot Bill usually performs as a one-man band. Or as he calls it a “one man banned”. This Florida tour he enlisted his friends Nadeem Khan (The WildTones, The Delusionaires) and Joshua Johnson (Wahyas). Basically, it’s Tandoori Knights without King Khan. They ripped it up onstage and ended with an encore bringing Dex Romweber onstage on guitar.
YouTube superstar AdamTheWoo is visiting Orlando this week and stopped by Kick Bright Shop and Buttons and filmed his Daily Woo video at Artegon Marketplace. Adam is a longtime friend of mine. We met back in The Hot Six days, the early 2000s, when our bands had practice spaces next to each other and played shows together. A few years ago we filmed a filming locations video together for the Orlando-made movie D.A.R.Y.L., one of my favorite movies growing up.
Adam is having a meet up this Saturday January 23rd at 3pm at Fun Spot on International Drive. He’ll have some special buttons to hand out to everyone who attends. Guess where he’s getting them made? See ya there!
Making and receiving mix tapes is cool. It’s not a lost art if you know the right person. What if I told you could make a mix tape but instead of it being on cassette but have it cut straight to vinyl? You can right here in Central Florida!
One cool thing about Central Florida is we have Rabbitfoot Records in Sanford that can press small run vinyl records. When I mean small I mean like 1 or 2 copies though I have heard they can do up to 50. All you have to do is bring them a CD or cassette or whatever and they can cut it to vinyl with their special record press.
They stopped about two years ago but have brought back this special service in January 2016. They’d make great gifts or if you DJ you can make a vinyl mix of music you only have digitally. The possibilities are almost limitless.
Rabbitfoot Records is located in Sanford at 307 E 2nd Street Sanford, FL 32771. You can get price quotes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savoy Motel have released a new video for their song “Hot One”. The new band from Nashville features members from Heavy Cream and Cheap Time. The band grew from a collaboration of Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time) and Jessica McFarland (Heavy Cream) along with Mimi Galbierz , who is one of my personal favorite current rock guitarists, and Dillon Watson (also from Heavy Cream). That’s definitely the makings of an interesting band. Their debut record will be out this year. This song is a cool indication into what is to come.
Photo from 2006. Wills Pub – Orlando, FL. Photo by Jeffrey Howard.
I’m sad to report that Florida music legend Clarence Reid, also known as Blowfly, has passed away. It was announced last week from the official Facebook page he had gone into hospice care due to terminal liver cancer and passed away today, four days later.
My introduction to Blowfly and his music was finding just the cover of Blowfly’s Party at a thrift store in Orlando sometime around 1999/2000 with those infamous photos of him dressed as a superhero surrounded by naked women. It took years to actually track down a real copy and hear just what the hoopla was about with songs titles such as “Nobodys Butt But Yours”.
When the documentary of his life The Weird World of Blowfly premiered in 2011 Blowfly came back to Orlando and I was lucky enough to attend it along with a Q&A session after the film ended.
Some photos of when he performed at Wills Pub in Orlando in 2006 are in the Kick Bright Archive.
Blowfly will release his last album “77 Rusty Trombones” in February 2016.
It’s 2016 and in June Kick Bright will turn twenty years old. That’s a long time! It’s always been fun sharing my life and interests with anyone who would listen or pay attention. I’ve met many people and made many life-long friends through this zine. It’s neat.
I’ve been doing a lot of things with my life for the past couple of years that made Kick Bright not such a priority. It never went away but took on different forms.
The band, Hot Hands, took off in a big way in October 2013 when Kristin and I packed up our worldly possessions into a storage unit and embarked on an ambitious tour of the United States. It lasted six months and thousands and thousands of miles and many nights sleeping in our van. We ended up with a fun YouTube channel of videos we made traveling. We spent the following year recovering from the financial fallout that such a venture would befall in a small town in North Carolina literally in the middle of nowhere.
We made the decision to move back to Orlando, Florida in June 2015 to open a “vintage” shop. Get this- it’s called Kick Bright Shop & Buttons. We opened two months later in August. It’s a natural extension of the zine: vintage clothes, records, buttons, artwork and collectibles. I have a lot of ideas for the shop so I may as well do them!
I had some crazy idea to release a compendium book of everything I’ve done. I don’t think that is going to happen. A lot of material has been lost to the digital age of failing hard drives, stolen computers, lost domain names and a heaping pile of zip drives. What do you do with those?? I managed to get a lot of writing off the Internet way back machines. It will be a huge undertaking! For now, I will look ahead here because there is always something new to share. This is my way of making the world a better place.