Editor’s note: Judy Mills is a Kansas City writer and photographer. She will be guest writing for I Heart Local Music in order to bring you the very best of the Kansas City scene. Her first post comes to us from a rockabilly show on Halloween weekend. Please welcome this local music lover.
At Knucklehead’s Saloon on Saturday night, the Kansas City Rockabilly Group celebrated their Annual Halloween Party with a three band line up. The Living Deads headlined, preceded by Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours and opening for both were The Honey Bees.
Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours was my favorite band of the night. Lucky looks like he walked off a the set of a Hank Williams bio movie. He has that old honky tonk air about him even if you saw him from across the room and no where near a stage He and his band were having fun and they sounded great, authentic really. I hadn’t done my research before the show (at least I‘m honest), but later discovered that Lucky is the great nephew of country legend Ernest C. Tubb and opened for Hank III in 2009, which makes him noteworthy, right there. There was a good chemistry between Tubb and upright bass player, Casey Gill. Next time Lucky Tubb and gang is around the area, go see them. You won’t regret it.
What struck me most about this show was how hard the performers worked and how little the crowd gave back. And how little the crowd was period. Kansas City, go see something live. Get in the middle of the music. I’m not going to urge for “support” cause that sounds to much like “giving back” or philanthropy. I’m urging you to go hear something not recorded, watch something unplanned and dance a little. Don’t do it for others. Do it for your ears. Okay, maybe a little for local support, too.