Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prepare Your Ears Mississippi River Music Festival Brings Regional Rock Boiling to the Surface

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prepare Your Ears Mississippi River Music Festival Brings Regional Rock Boiling to the Surface

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The Mississippi River Music Festival (MRMF) is here. There's plenty on the agenda: two days of panels and workshops at the Adam's Mark Hotel, and three nights of music featuring 200 regional acts in 15 venues.

There are more bands than we can possibly cover here, so we chose a handful to focus on. See below for some quick descriptions.

After we picked that handful, we wondered what an artist and repertoire (A&R) person might have to say, since A&R folks are the ones who actually decide which bands get to sign on that much-coveted dotted line. So, based on our vast knowledge of the corrupt and shallow workings of the music biz, we flew in several hypothetical A&R folks, and glanced over their shoulders to see the private memos fired back to company headquarters.

***** Moonshine Willy (11 p.m. Friday, 2nd Street Pub)

The Dope: A rockabilly-based outfit - a little bit country, a little bit (primitive) rock 'n' roll. Upright fiddle & violin collide with a definite post-punk stance. Fun and energetic, but will leave you longing for true hillbilly types like Dave & Deke Combo, Ray Condo, and High Noon.

Confidential A&R assessment: Sorry, but I just don't think the MTV beach party crowd is ready to stick an upright bass in the sand and get down. Besides, Beavis and Butthead are the only veejays with enough guts to play the Reverend Horton Heat.

***** Sons of Regret (8:00 p.m. Thursday, Mississippi Nights)

The Dope: This churning metal/hard rock outfit hails from the college town of Bloomington, Ind. I interviewed them a couple years back, and I distinctly recall a big, beefy drummer with the scariest forearms I've ever seen.

Confidential A&R assessment: I'm sorry - can you talk louder?! I'm calling from my cell phone at the back of the club - no, I said it reminds me of a tamer Glenn Danzig, not a lamer Ted Danson!

***** Robby Fulks (12:00 Friday, 2nd Street Pub)

The Dope: The so-called "insurgent country" scene is largely a superficial, overly ironic musical mess played by punks who aren't fit to lick James Burton's boots (don't even get me started on the awful Waco Brothers). …

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