Normally JF is right up front with us. We want the audience to feel like part of the band, up close, like your in a juke joint some where along the Mississippi or deep south. Raw, honest, simple dance hall blues with some tunes you know, others dug from obscurity, a Memphis shuffle here, a tinge of rockabilly, and a touch of Voodoo.
And about the live DVD about to be released?…
In the setting of the finest blues venue in Australia the stage is aligned with Sav, Frank, John and right up front, John on a stripped down kit sets the tone with his beautiful restraint. This is up close, it’s raw and tasty performed by stalwarts of the Adelaide blues scene.
The DVD, 'Feels So Good, Rockin' and Swinging' with Papa Legba' is nicely packaged, with funky art work by the talented Marie Gudic and is finely captured on both film by Derek and Zoom recorder by Frank at the SWC. From the opening track ‘Call it Stormy Monday’ through the standout instrumental of Comin' and Goin", where Sav shines and throughout the whole set, a good natural live sound with some tasty editing by Akaroy Films and at least 3 camera positions with nicely placed close ups and transitional shots. You can almost feel like you are in the band.
We get a cameo from Dave as he encourages the band into their encore, ‘Feels so Good’ and it does, (my favourite track on the disc) and as they release themselves from their instruments amongst applause Dave pipes in “who says old fellas can’t do it!” Well they certainly can!
This is as close as it gets to a Friday night or Sunday arvo at the SWC. There should be a whole series of these DVDs of bands playing the Club, for those days when you just can’t make it down.
Tracks in order and easily navigated through a neat menu are: Call it Stormy Monday, Comin' and Goin', Homework, I had my Fun, Hidden Charms, Let's Play House, Love me Right and Feel so Good.
Two launch dates are planned where you can purchase the DVD for a mere $10
Saturday the 4th. March, at the bluesy Bridgewater Inn.
Sunday the 5th. March at the Semaphore Workers Club.