Yes yes, I know! I'm a slacker when it comes to blogging! Not one of my strong points, so I'm usually months behind...
With that in mind, let me share the story of a gig I did a few months back now.
Years ago, in the early 2000s, I joined a local Rockabilly band called 'The Moondoggies'. I say 'a' local Rockabilly band, but it's fair to say, in little old Echuca/Moama, population 13k max, we were 'the' local Rockabilly band! The band consisted of Mick Glover on drums (he stands up ah-la Slim Jim Phantom, from the Stray Cats) Col Carrington on lead guitar, Craig 'Cheap' Merkel on Double Bass, and me singing, and rhythm guitar.
We had lots of fun playing covers of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee, etc. The guys were heavily into The Stray Cats when I joined, and replaced the old singer, so I inherited the old song list, and learned the songs they already knew.
In about 2005, Cheap decided to move to Wagga Wagga, and although we advertised for another double bass player, the only guy to answer our ad was a violin/mandolin player! We always knew Cheap was the only Double Bass player in town...and with that, the band folded.
Here's some photo's of us in action 'back in the day', early 2000's
|From left to right, Cheap (Hot Dog), Mick (Mad Dog), Scotty( Howlin' Dog), Col(Top Dog)|
|The boys as a 3 piece with Mick singing, while I had a drink, or two|
|Col on his Gretsch|
|Cheap on his old Bass, complete with insulation stuffed in the sound holes to try and stop it feeding back! It had pretty primative pickups on it!|
|Mick all gloved up, for some hard hittin! I think he was one of the only stand up drummers around back then|
|Scotty lookin quite casual, and wearing a very low slung guitar!|
Col, the guitarist, was the driving force behind the gig, and hoped we could just have a quiet night, with a small crowed, as we'd have no chance of a practice, or even a run through before the gig. We booked a Saturday night at Rich River Golf Club, which was our usual haunt back in the day, and started working on song lists.
We decided to play the old stuff we used to play, rather than introduce anything new any of us had learned since, in order to keep it as simple for us all as possible!
As the weeks went by, and the gig got closer, the venue, which I now visit daily, servicing their poker machines, was telling us that they were getting heaps of enquires about the Moondoggies gig, from as far away as Bendigo, Albury, and Melbourne! What the?! How did they even hear about it? We never advertised at all!
So the pressure was on! But, I swore I'd stick to my usual plan when it comes to getting ready for an up coming gig, a plan we all followed back in the Moondoggie days, which was ignore the gig, and don't practice, or prepare at all, right up until the day before, when, you totally freak out that you wont remember how any of the songs go!
|Cheap concentrating on what he's doing on the Bass!|
|Wilbur and Mick in Action|
|Cheap on his Lee Rocker Original Bass!|
|Mick keepin' the beat!|
|Wilbur and Col|
We played on a tiny stage, in a huge room, to a huge crowed who were having a ball, and we as a band had a great time. I finished my set with a very fast, and loud, 'surf ' influenced version Del Shannon's 'Runaway' that we used to do all those years ago. It was so fun ending on that song, the way we do it really kicks ass!
|Back together after 7 years!|
|While Wilbur was handy we got him up with his sax to do Rock Around The Clock|
|I wear my Guitar alot higher these days!|
|Mick restored this drumkit himself, complete with green tiger strips.|