If you were listening Saturday, you heard Elijah and Sandrine Sheon perform a couple of old-timey tunes with clarinet (reminiscent of The Hoosier Hotshots) and Elijah’s masterful finger-picking. Elijah also brought by a Steve James recording of “The Hadacol Boogie” (anyone remember Hadacal? anyone actually drink it?), and a couple of CDs of New Mexican (the state) honky-tonk country, where Elijah is doing research—not a bad gig, studying country music in bars.
Anyway, the Elijah Wald Trio (with Sandrine and washtub-bass player Robbie Phillips) is opening for Del Rey and Steve James tomorrow night at Johnny D’s. The music isn’t strictly country—more at the interstices of country/hillbilly, old-timey, blues, jazz, and whatnot from back in the early decades of the 20th century. Here’s Elijah’s description, for those of you not on his mailing list:
Dear friends and acquaintances:
Please forgive the reminder: Steve and Del are great and I’m doing my best to help them get a good audience tomorrow (plus we’d like some folks there ourselves):
Sandrine, Robbie and I will be doing a guest set at 7:30.
All at Johnny D’s in Somerville on Wednesday, April 10.
I’ll be playing my usual mix of blues, pop, folk, and Caribbean stuff, with Sandrine on clarinet and my compadre Washtub Robbie Phillips on his one-string wombat bass.
Steve James and Del Rey are both terrific individually, and even better together, and I don’t think they’ve ever done their double act in the Boston Area…so this is a rare opportunity. They are really funny and high-energy, as well as being virtuosi on multiple instruments.
Steve is my favorite slide guitarist, a terrific singer, a brilliant songwriter, one of the living masters of blues mandolin, and maybe the foremost expert on old-time hillbilly fingerpicking styles.
Del is a monster guitarist, the foremost expert on Memphis Minnie, a fine singer, a composer of astonishing instrumentals, and the unquestioned queen of resonator ukulele.
Here’s Steve doing one of my favorite Charlie Poole songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX1kom2fPVM
Here’s a blues mandolin song, one of his own, “Saturday Night in Jail”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAu6GFDY2tg
And here he is full-throttle storytelling on his “Change”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNyZL2IYoHU
All the best, and hope to see you there,