Monday, January 03, 2011
Review: Matthew Dunehoo at the Record Bar
Matt Dunehoo's vocal affectation Saturday at the Record Bar immediately brought another Kansas City-area rocker to mind. Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers often employs exactly the same mannerism. The commonality made me realize that Dunehoo- best known for his work with Doris Henson and Baby Teardrops- is to 2011 what Bob Walkenhorst was to 1986.
Both men are handsome, charismatic Midwesterners, but where Dunehoo might have learned to yelp while listening to David Byrne, Walkenhorst's version is probably inspired by Little Richard.
No one I spoke to Saturday at the Record Bar appreciated my observation. My youthful friends probably think of Walkenhorst as that gray-haired dude who performs weekly folk matinees for people in their 40s and 50s. They might not realize that The Rainmakers were genuine international pop stars for a year or two. Here they are on Top of the Pops. That clip may look and sound dated, but Walkenhorst's band represented a refreshing alternative to the era's "corporate rock" acts like Journey, REO Speedwagon and Styx.
Dunehoo was excellent on Saturday. I hope he achieves at least a Rainmakers-level of success. That might help ensure that he'll end up playing popular weekly matinees for old people in a quarter century. I can hardly wait.
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Demencha conducts an awkward but informative interview with Ron Ron.
Lina Romay has died.
Kansas City Click: Stan Kessler leads Monday's jam session at the Blue Room.
Chad Bryan of The Ants plays Tuesday at the Record Bar.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)