Today is SMARTMOUTH SATURDAY!! COWCATCHER CANS AND COW TIPPING PLAYBOYS....all under the same roof! Due to weather, the big street party has been rescheduled - but we are still playing Smartmouth today from 4:30-6:30 to celebrate the Cowcatcher Milk Stout release!
Last week while in Las Vegas, I somehow managed to snag an invite to a private reception for Neal Preston's touring exhibit "In the Eye of the Rock 'n' Roll Hurricane." Be impressed and be jealous. Photographer Neal Preston is one of the greats of international music photography. From David Bowie to Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger to Queen, his subjects read like a who’s who of music icons. I had a opportunity to meet and talk with Neal Preston at the event, and found him to be a pleasure to talk to, interesting and kind. This is a touring exhibition - if you have a chance to see this exhibit, don't miss it. I whole-heartedly agree with the artist's comments: “We have created something much greater than just a collection of fine-art music photography prints. This is a living, breathing exhibition on a grand scale where the pictures seems to come alive, and capture the same excitement and passion that I felt – and still feel – while photographing the most legendary, iconic artists in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
Animal lovers and drinkers unite this Saturday night to support the Norfolk SPCA! Great opportunity to drink with a clear conscience! Come on out and toast this laudable cause, cat and dog lovers alike.
"With Dalmas’ confident, vocal swagger and the band’s cow punk chops “Trailer Swift” is a rowdy, carousing blow-out …just don’t forget to byob." - Paul Shugrue, WHRO Radio
"Break-ups, make-ups, drinkin’ and soul searchin’ – the ingredients for a perfect country record and "Trailer Swift" has it all." - Kyle Bloom, HR Scene
It took longer than anticipated, but sweet, sweet iTunes commerce is up and running for the new record. Trailer Swift is available on iTunes! Spread the word near and far and buy multiple copies for your nearest and dearest!
Photo by Skelly Films. Skelly Films is currently on a crazy award-winning streak with their latest film, Christine at the Crossroads.
First things first: "Trailer Swift," the new CD by Gina and the Cow-Tippin' Playboys, has got the greatest title of any album in recent memory.
Gina Dalmas, lead singer for the Norfolk-based honky tonk country quartet, tells me she liked it so much she tried to convince her bandmates to make it the new name of the group. That didn't fly, so it became the album title, which is just as well because Cow-Tippin' Playboys is too good and too evocative to discard.
As to the album itself, which came out last month, it is one of the best CDs you will hear this year from a local artist. The band's first full-length CD (after 2010's 7-song set "Yeeha, Etc."), "Trailer Swift" is a delirious blast of cheatin', boozin' and high-spirited cow-tippin'.
Understand, it's not strictly autobiographical. When Dalmas disavows romance in the opening track "Love Means Nothing," you must keep in mind that she sings it alongside her husband, bassist Christopher May. And as for the lifestyle depicted in songs such as "Six Days Drunk" and "Bottle of Jack," well ...
"That's really tongue-in-cheek - it's the honky tonk tradition of writing about alcohol," Dalmas says. "I mean, we like to have a good time, but there's no jail time in our future that I can imagine."
(Similarly, there is the issue of her name. Gina is pronounced Jinna, honoring a beloved relative named Virginia. "But I tell people it's for gin and tonic," Dalmas says with a laugh.)
Since forming about five years ago, the band has earned a reputation as one of the area's most fun and energetic live acts. "Trailer Swift" should do nothing but reinforce that. By the time you're halfway through, it's hard to resist joining in on the call-and-response choruses.
Many of these songs are originals by Dalmas and her bandmates, but there are well-chosen covers as well. "Love Means Nothing" is a Robbie Fulks tune, as is "Lies" (which Dalmas turns into a cowpunk rave worthy of early Lone Justice). Perhaps the finest track on the album, "Rent Out My Heart," is by local songwriter Teddy Dean.
"He plays that song live but he's never recorded it," Dalmas says. "I fell in love with it the first time I heard it, and he was nice enough to say yes when we asked if we could play it."
In addition to Dalmas and May, the band features guitarist Greg Wikle and drummer Gabriel Baesen. May takes lead vocals on a few songs, including the raucous "Bottle of Jack" and the somber "Morphine." On the amusing "Sextet" (about a night when there are more people on stage than in the audience), Baesen comes up with some clever drum fills that seem to comment on the sad circumstances.
Dalmas says her father raised her on the classic country of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. As she got older, she turned toward rock and roll but eventually as an adult got drawn back toward rockabilly and honky tonk.
"Sadly, my dad died when I was 24," Dalmas says. "He would really be thrilled by the music we're making now."
Upcoming shows: Gina and the Cow-Tippin' Playboys will play at Mojo Bones in Norfolk's Ocean View on Saturday night. They are also scheduled to play at the Bacon Festival in Portsmouth on Oct. 10.
With special guests SHIFTY SOUTH!
Poster by Manda
Check out HR Scene's take on our new recording here: "Break-ups, make-ups, drinkin’ and soul searchin’ – the ingredients for a perfect country record and Trailer Swift has it all."
Read or listen to Paul Shugrue's review of "Trailer Swift" here: "With Dalmas’ confident, vocal swagger and the band’s cow punk chops Trailer Swift is a rowdy, carousing blow-out …"
We'll be celebrating the upcoming relase of our new recording, Trailer Swift on July, 25, 2015! First 25 through the door who mention the giveaway will get free download cards for the entire album! We'll have new T-shirts and stickers for sale, along with new CD's and download cards, and we'll be haing give-aways all night long!
Thank you! We are honored to have won Best Country Artist in the 2015 Veer Magazine Awards! We are grateful to be recognized, and winning is sweet, sweet bliss.
Thanks to Push Comedy Theater for having us as guest judges last Saturday night for the latest round of Improvageddon. No doubt we were the highest-caliber, most-qualified judges ever. We put our well-honed judging-other-people skills to good use and called the shots, and laughed our asses off while doing so.
If you live in Norfolk, or are visiting the area, make sure to check out the fab shows at Push Comedy Theater, almost as funny as we are.