First of all, I'd like to thank those of you who have been sending me resumes and the like. However, I don't want to know about your political internships, previous work experience, community service hours, academic awards and standing place on the dean's list. This is a night-life column! Chill!
To those of you who have been sending me little gifts and such, keep the flowers coming. You're all gems.Now, for the review.
Last Thursday was Hank Williams' birthday. For those of you who don't know how old he is - he's old, real old. As a matter of fact, he's dead.
R: (That stands for "Readers"; that would be you.) HUH?
Guys, Hank Sr. was a legend. Truly he is, my little possums. He has become both an idol and an inspiring country artist for many musicians, including Salt Lake's very own Dimestore Deacons.
Yes. It's true. Thursday night, at the geometrically sound Zephyr club, the Dimestore Deacons paid a tiny tribute the the man, the myth, the legend: Hank Williams.
Actually, lead guitarist Kim Driggs just wished Hank a happy birthday while club patrons talked amongst themselves.
If Hank had been there, he would've been proud of his proteges. They had power, originality, stage presence, a fiddler and a lead singer who would make LeAnn Rimes sound like a tone-deaf karaoke junkie.
A side project of Salt Lake's prominent rockabilly band Atomic Delux, the Dimestore Deacons have been together for about three years but have only been playing for one. They were also finalists in the NXNW competition.
Some could categorize the Dimestore Deacons as rockabilly. I don't think so. Their music consists of country with a lot of blues and rock 'n' roll. There is very little of the big swing sound. Of course, I could be wrong. I've only been on the dean's list once and have never won any awards.
Lara Jones, of the Enterprise (not the ship, the paper, at which I worked for two minutes), heads this unruly troupe of Utah hillbillies. With a voice reminiscent of Tammy Wynette or Patsy Cline, she stood by her crowd as they tried to go crazy.
Kim Driggs sang backup as well as a few solos, while drummer Jay Whetmore and bassist Eric Lind-quist added that beloved American country beat. Dan Salini provided the lap steel string guitar and fiddle. He looked like Jethro without the overalls.
With all original music, the Deacons were well prepared to open for Chrome Addicts. It's just too bad the crowd wasn't ready for them. While Lara and company ripped through their electric repertoire, audience members sat and tapped their toes. Even then, most couldn't find the rhythm.
As much as I wanted to go out there and cut a rug, the country two-step is not a solo dance, it's a couples thing. So, I too just sat. I sat and tapped my fingers and my toes, while I proved to everyone there that being at a bar by yourself is actually cool. You may now call me Loner Spice. Girl power?
In the end, my first night out solo proved to actually be fun. Amen and hallelujah for the Dimestore Deacons.