Considering how many false starts we had trying to get down to St Louis when we first started touring, 2010 has been a banner year for JCBUS + STL = RAWK. After setting up our first show at the Gramophone back in January, they told us to contact KDHX 88.1 to get the word out. Hip City DJ Chris Lawyer wasted no time in bringing us in for a live session, and since then the station has been one of our biggest supporters, and it was a real honor to be invited to play their Twangfest back in June.
Making this trip (our record-breaking 4th this year) extra groovy was the invitation from Euclid Records to do an in-store appearance which would be recorded for a limited edition single, part of their Euclid Sessions series to benefit the New Orleans Musician Relief Fund (Euclid has a 2nd location down in NOLA). Joe Schwab is putting out some eye-poppingly gorgeous records with silkscreened art by local artists (Detroit’s the Sights even have an impending Euclid Sessions 10” modeled after the Who’s “Live at Leeds”, don’t sleep on tracking down a copy of that).
So we rolled into town, jumped out of the car, threw the gear on stage, lit the fuse, and hoped that no one would get hurt in the ensuing soul explosion. JC was ON, and everyone in the store stopped shopping to pick up their jaws. Haven’t heard the tapes yet, but we’ve got a good feeling about this one. Euclid should have it out in early 2011.
The hit that night at Off Broadway was pretty hot as well, with the Nevermores, Mondo Topless, The Sights, before a delirious headlining set from NYC’s legendary Fleshtones. (sounded like the Friday night B’n’S was also pretty smoking, with Charles Walker & the Dynamites and the Bo-Keys, featuring heavy duty Memphis soul royalty like Al Green drummer Howard Grimes, Otis Redding & Bar-Kays trumpeter Ben Cauley, and Isaac Hayes’ legendary wah-wah guitarist Charles Pitts, check it out here). Here’s a little taste of the show, with JC’s intro and a ferocious run-through of “I Can See Everything”:
And that was only the first song! Thanks to Joe & Sandy at Euclid, Roy Kasten and all the folks at KDHX, and everyone who helped make Beat’n’Soul happen. I bet next year will be even better.