While getting to know the guys, I realized that some of these musicians owned houses in Winnipeg, including Jaxon. This notion of musicians owning homes seemed both absurd and intriguing! Edmonton was experiencing the beginning of the boom and everything was becoming more expensive, so one day when I came home and my roommate had neglected to pay the hydro bill again, I called Jaxon to see how much I could rent a room from him in his house. Upon arrival I was amazed at the amount of playing that was going on and I was hooked. Two months or so later I met Rhoda who is now my wife.
How do you describe your music?
Thelonious Monk once said (or at least something to the effect of) "Trying to describe music is like trying to dance architecture" and I feel that relates to our sound. We are purposely eclectic and often dark, but there is some humor there too.
You also work in the kitchen at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, which is coincidentially a great place for live music here in Winnipeg. How does that inspire you?
The diversity of shows and experiences I have witnessed or been a part of is what I love about the Times. I have been lucky enough to open there for my hero Tom House, a show where you could hear a penny drop and the house was full, as well as behind the wire at a Chickenwire Classic--the audience pelting us with beer while we egged them on for more. Times is a place where you will get a world class musical experience one night and the funnest party the next!
Mayor Matt Allen in the kitchen at Times Change(d), (Matt Allen)
My wife Rhoda and I share the menu creation duties in the kitchen. Our menu tries to accommodate the serious tex-mex or authentic mexican food afficionado as well as the bar crowd who lean towards shared snackier foods like nachos or quesadillas. We give these items our own twist, but our hearts are really in creating the more authentic dishes and specials. Things like crispy basa fish tacos with mango salsa and salsa verde served with stewed pinto beans topped with pico de gallo and homemade queso. (the plate i am holding in the picture) or mango chicken enchiladas, or spicy stewed pork tinga tacos with crema and avocado.
So what can the audience expect tonight at your CD release party?
This Saturday we are vrey lucky to have outlaw poet and song master Ridley Bent and sensational guitar slinger Chris Dunn open for us! Then we will perform the album start to finish for the second set with the full band from the recording sessions. The third set will be chock full of special surprise guests playing with us or singing one of their own songs and our full band backing them up. The Little Buddies line up includes Grant Siemens from" Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans" on guitar, Ashley Roch from "Boats" on keyboards and vocals, Don Zueff from the "D.Rangers on violin Tom "Twisty" Fodey also from the "D.Rangers" on bass and vocals and Kelly Castle from "Absent Sound" on the drums and vocals. I play guitar and sing too.
What do you see yourself doing Sunday at noon?
Hopefully eating one of those crazy good smoked salmon eggs benny at the French Way on Academy.