Southern Culture On The Skids are back in Portland along with special guest Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs and blew the roof off of the Aladdin Theater
Southern Culture On The Skids (SCOTS) is not just a raucous rock band from Chapel Hill, NC. They have played their unique style of upbeat, sexy, creative, Americana, hillbilly surf, country, rockabilly, swamp pop since the late 1980s and they are still successfully putting out new material.
Since their latest release of Dig This on the Kudzu label in 2013, SCOTS have had tremendous success with appearances on the sound track of films like The Dukes of Hazard and Super Troopers. The band has described their sound as â€œtoe sucking geek rock, kinda weird, but it feels good when youâ€™re doing it.”
SCOTS are made up of Rick Miller on vocals/guitar, Dave Hartman on percussion, and Mary Huff on vocals/bass.
The stage of the Bing Lounge in Portland, OR was set for an interview conducted by one of the jocks from the KINK FM, a local radio station. The Q&A session ended with the SCOTS playing “Liquored Up, Lacquered Down” for their first song. Once completed and the applause rested, more Q&As took place, which had Rick Miller reflecting on past Portland shows where he recalled playing Portland’s Punk Rock Disneyland Satyricon, a past local bar known featuring alternative and punk bands.
After a special shout out from Mary Huff went to Voodoo Donuts, a local doughnut shop, they next song “Voodoo Cadillac.” The third song played is a very special song, “Just How Lonely.” It was one of many that brought the SCOTS even more recognition and appeared on their 2006 album release Doublewide and Live. The album did well and received a great deal of radio play with “Just Howl” hitting the top five most requested spot on several country stations. Mary had the vocals, which discussed every frustrating scenario we all go through dealing with an ex. Even guys can get in on this one.
Also performed, which no Southern Culture On The Skids set would be complete without, was “Banana Puddin” off their 1997 release Plastic Seat Sweat. A day old and in all the grooves, this one just keeps getting better with age. A big Thank you to Mike Teal for the ride and Alex Fast for the quick heads up on the Bing Lounge event and a very special National Rock Review thank you to Rick Miller and Dave Hartman of Southern Culture On The Skids for the access and ability to cover the performance at the Aladdin theater.
The SCOTS hit the stage at the Alladin Theatre around 10:00pm opening with “Liquored Up and Lacquered Down.” They played and incredible range of music from their core albums with several off of Dirt Track Date, Mojo box, Plastic Seat Sweat, and Kudzu Ranch.
The audience was crowded and eager to see the band. In Typical SCOTS fashion, audience participation is always a part of the show on and off the stage where girls got up and danced to “Camel walk,” “8 piece box,” “Daddy was a preacher and mama was a go-go girl.” They did two encore songs: “Mojo box” and “Shotgun.” What you can expect from a Southern Culture on The Skids show is a great time.
SCOTS Set list:
Liquored Up Lacquered Down, Voodoo Cadillac, Too Much Pork, King Of The Mountain, 69 El Camino, House Of Bamboo, Rumors Of Surf, My House Has Wheels, Double Wide, Just How Lonely, Bone Dry Dirt, Pig Pickin, Soul City, Dirt Track Date, Green Back Fly, Banana Puddin, Camel Walk, 8 Piece Box, Daddy Was A Preacher And Momma Was A Go-Go Girl, Mojo Box (Encore), Shotgun (Encore)
Johnny 7 and The Black Crabs, a three-piece rock n’ roll band from Seattle blends Rockabilly and modernized 1950s rhythms. They had the evening swinging, opening with “Say Mama.” The band starts each song with an intro describing what the song was about.
There was a song “Not Knowing How,” and another song about sledding “Flexi-Flier,” written during the three days the Pacific North West was shut down due to snow. Closing their set they played “Blast Off,” a catchy little number that had the ladies up and dancing. This is a great band which doesn’t sound like every other Rockabilly band . They have a true sound and style to themselves.
Johnny 7 Set list:
Say Mama, Something I Said, Snake Dance Boogie, All I Can Do Is Cry, Broken, Not Knowing How, Thirteen Times, Flexi-Flier, Rocking The Station, Felon Love, Bird Dog, Shake It Loose, Ready Ready Ready’, Blast Off
SCOTS Tour dates:
Fri 08/29/2014 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern
Sat 0830/2014 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern
Fri 09/19/2014 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger
Sat 09/20/2014 Raleigh, NC Southland Ballroom
Sat 10/4/2014 Norfolk, VA Chelsea West Festival
Sat 10/11/2014 Columbia, SC Jam Room Music Festival
Fri 10/17/2014 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
Sat 10/18/2014 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Tue 10/21/2014 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head Onstage
Wed 10/22/2014 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live at The Queen
Thu 10/23/2014 Shepherdstown, WV Opera House
Fri 10/24/2014 Harrisburg, PA The Abbey Bar
Sat 10/25/2014 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Fri 10/31/2014 Wilmington, NC Zombiefest 2014 at Space 13
Sat 11/1/2014 Charleston, SC Pour House