Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sonia Dada- Paradise

Paradise lost.

Barry Beckett died last week. The man was so pervasive that he played on or produced at least a dozen tracks that have been featured at There Stands the Glass. One of his later credits is as co-producer of Sonia Dada's My Secret Life. I've heard people talk trash about the band because of the founder's background. Behind-the-scenes intrigue doesn't interest me much. It's the music that matters. And while I'm not a big fan of jam-flavored R&B, Sonia Dada was undeniably skilled in the genre. As heard here, Beckett brought out the best in them.

I almost drove off the road when I heard "Love In the Hot Afternoon" during an oldies segment on a country radio station today. The Gene Watson song romanticizes an illicit exchange with a "Bourbon Street lady." After "we got high in the park this morning," the narrator explains, they consummated their encounter. The (possibly underage) woman then slumbers "in damp, tangled sheets." The song hit #3 in the country charts in 1975. That couldn't happen in today's climate.

Here's an obituary of Jack Nimitz. I discussed his career in this space on June 11. Saxophonist Charlie Mariano has also passed. Here's a loose live date with guitarist Phllip Catherine. And Bob Bogle of the Ventures has died. (Tips via BGO.)

I adored Karrin Allyson's early set at Jardine's last night. Here's my review.

Kansas City Click: Chris Hillman appears at Knuckleheads on Thursday.

Zany art kids are responsible for the fourteen-band Chomp Womp Soda Fest Friday at the Pistol and the Foundation. Here's a taste of last year's shenanigans.

Blue October serve as one of David Cook's opening acts Saturday at Sandstone.

A bevy of local blues bands play a benefit show Sunday afternoon at BB's Lawnside BBQ.


Anonymous said...

Regarding "Love in the Hot Afternoon" I don't think he's using the word "high" in the same context its used in the modern day. Throughout country music, as well as blues, "high" and "stoned" refer to gettin' drunk. Still, that's a pretty racy song given its time and place.

punkyjunk said...

regardless, anon, the point is that you'll hear no country song on the radio today that carries that particular theme - or is at least spelled out that way. it's all too sugary - people singing pop songs in cowboy hats. man i'd love to hear something like that on the airwaves today.