Southern Culture on the Skids – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – November 7th, 2017

Southern Culture on the Skids

Southern Culture on the Skids

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$20 ADV / $25 DOS

This event is all ages

Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in
Chapel Hill, NC in1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and
bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage
with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It’s a musical
gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.” The band has been prolific and
ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji,
Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.”
In 2014 the band was honored by the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill with an exhibition featuring their music and cultural contributions. The flame-adorned La-Z-Boy
from the cover of their Plastic Seat Sweat LP now resides at UNC-CH!
THE ELECTRIC PINECONES
Southern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, will be released on September 16,
2016. It's the band’s fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS
tunes — 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox - The
Original.” All the tunes were produced and recorded at Rick’s studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.
The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the
record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. “The Pinecones was folk-ahill-a-billy
garage band we used to put together just for kicks,” Miller relates. “We loved the sound of '60s
west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS
vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this
latest collection of songs.”
The first single off the album, “Grey Skies,” is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic
sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the band’s hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary
Huff’s reflective vocal into the mind’s eye of times past and love lost. “Check out the Mellotron on the
chorus – that is a first for us,” Miller says.
The lead off track, “Freak Flag,” is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on
pounding drums after the first verse. The song’s message is a good one – it is okay to be different and
always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro
Elementary School. “I was nervous,” Miller says “if the kids don’t like something they let you know, but
when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I
knew it was a hit!”
“Dirt Road” is Mary’s three-minute ode to séances, thunderstorms and good lovin’ long gone. The song is a
backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky
strum and a fuzz guitar. Mary’s spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney
woods.
The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with “Baby I Like
You,” “I Ain’t Gonna Hang Around” and “Given To Me” featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary
have ever recorded.
“Waiting On You” is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; it’s a folk-garage-rocker with a singa-long
chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out.
The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of “Swamp Fox – The
Original”. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of
the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of “Rice and
Beans,” is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and “Midnight Caller” is Mary’s
slinky R’n’B flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times.
Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur
the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their
1988 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single "Camel Walk"), and now to the SCOTSified
tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30+ years, 200+ songs and 1,000,000+ road miles in, Southern Culture
On The Skids just continues to get better with time.