of Johnny Cash Live!
April 30, 2005 -
Belly Up, Solana Beach, Ca
I had the opportunity to talk to Mark Stuart
before BSOJC took the stage. We talked about their albums and I told him
I'm a fan. He told me "They're good records." And they are. BSOJC play
good music whether it's live or in a studio.
Mark and the other Bastards delivered everything
you could want in a live show. They had good energy and they sounded good.
More than that, they got people moving. Lots of people were dancing as
BSOJC played their set. It's unfortunate that so many people left after
Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective (quite a mouthful, isn't it?)
played. I was tempted to say it's unthinkable, but that's not entirely
true. After all, this was a CD release part for Holiday and the Band with
the Way-too-Long Name. But more than that, it was a show in southern California.
When people here go to take in live music, they stay for one band. Generally,
they stay only for the band with which they have personal ties.
Well, all those people that left when BSOJC
took the stage really missed out on a good show. BSOJC really mixed it
up well, playing songs from previous albums as well as the album due out
in July. They also covered some songs by Johnny Cash ("Big River," "Ring
of Fire" and "I Still Miss Someone") and Waylon Jennings ("Stop the World
and Let Me Off"). All the covers were great because BSOJC made them their
Another part of the charm of BSOJC is that
Mark Stuart's engaging nature. He gave the crowd just enough banter and
displayed a good sense of humor when he sang an impromptu chorus of Foreigner's
"Hot Blooded." Why was Mark Stuart singing a Foreigner song? It all came
about when he mentioned that the drummer was playing with a fever of 104°.
My grandpa says that the highest compliment you can pay when you're in
a restaurant is that you would order an item again. Along the same lines,
the highest compliment you can pay a band is that you would see them again.
I would definitely see BSOJC again.
Two bands performed before BSOJC: Remedy
Motel and Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective. Holiday did some interesting
things. The singer played guitar, piano, trumpet and tuba. They also had
a lap steel guitar and a fiddle in the lineup but didn't really grab me.
Remedy Motel played a good set of melodic roots rock similar to The Jayhawks.
I really enjoyed their set and I will definitely have to add some of their
albums to my collection.
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