Howdy Folks. That's right, it's Slim again. Even through the long Ohio winter, The Ranch Party Round Up has really been heating up these past few months, with great sets from the likes of Matt Monta, The Hanging Deadmen, Broken Ukele, Slick Andrews and the Generators, Andy and Chrissy, and The Slick City Ramblers, to name just a few. The folks in the audience, though, are the ones who really nmake this show happen. Without you comin' out, we're sittin' at home lookin' for cheap guitars on Craig's List.
This month we have two genuine country acts who will be joining us for their Round Up debut. Now, the lady in the picture at the top of the page, Lydia Loveless, has played a solo set at The Round Up back a few months ago, and we knew we'd have to get her back with her band some time down the road. Well, we are down the road now, so The Averys are pleased to welcome Lydia back, with her band in tow, for the full treatment of her show. Most of you know that Lydia has just been picked up by Bloodshot records, home to such artists as Bobby Bare Jr, Justin Townes Earle, Robbie Fulks, Rosie Flores, Graham Parker, and just a whole lot more heavy hitters. She and her band are off to Austin next week to do their thing at SXSW, and they've got bigger shows to play than The Round Up, so let's show 'em some extra folding love so they can live it up a little while they're down there showin' Texas what Columbus has to offer the world of Country Music!
The other Country Music act that we are presenting Sunday evening are another one our local stalwarts, The Apple Bottom Gang. The Averys have really been looking forward to bringing this extremely large band out for a Round Up, and by "large" I mean they have a lot of members, probably more folks than they have at the hobo camp down by the river. Unless The Apple Bottom Gang are the hobo camp. I try not to quote directly from a band's own bio too often, but Apple Bottom are one of those acts that have a highly informative blurb, so I will share it with you here, since I could hardly give you a better idea of what to expect from these fine folks:
"The Apple-Bottom Gang likes robbing trains. They’re really good at it. When they’re not doing that, they’re sitting around playing old country songs. Songs by fellers named Buck and Hank and Ernest and Lefty and Johnny (both Cash AND Horton). This is a big gang with a big sound. It’s a very-table hillbilly orchestra!I.R. sings and plans the heists. Stinky Fingers plays the guitar and banjo and blows stuff up. Trixie-Lou sings and claps and takes care of the get-away ponies. Fancy Jeffro blows the harp and is quick on the draw. Sweet D hits and scratches on stuff and cons the fellas. Staggerin’ Lee picks the mandolin and is a crack rifle shot. Louis St. Louis thumps the bass and Stomp Winchester bangs the drums and is the muscle of the gang. Hillbilly, honky-tonk, country and western music, both covered and original, played with a wink and a smile... That there’s The Apple-Bottom Gang! And away they go... The 4:20 out of Albuquerque is due by any minute."
I want to personally endorse any band that bothers to have nicknames for each member. That is always a good indicator of a quality show.
Don't forget we are still on the Winter Hours at the Round Up- 5 to 9 PM. As always, we will present four hours of entertainment, including sets from our special guests as well as The Averys, plus Country Music Vinyl DJ Boots Massing spinning records between sets, and Classic Country Music Trivia from Papa Ox. There will be prizes. Come out and enjoy some delicious eats and a great selection of beers and booze at The Shrunken Head!
Slim White and The Averys
The Ranch Party Round Up
with Bloodshot Recording Artist
and her band
The Apple Bottom Gang
Sunday, March 13, 5-9 PM
The Shrunken Head
251 W 5th Ave