he Great “Licks’N’Sticks”
Shufflejunkies ®” burn down “Smith’s Olde Bar”.
Hey!! We’re getting Internet radio play!
reported in the last “ShuffleNews”, anticipation was
mounting for the SJ’s to open for The Marshall Tucker
Band, The Georgia Satellites, The Atlanta Rhythm Section
and Jimmie Van Zant at the “Licks’N’Sticks” music
festival. The day finally arrived and the band and crew
gathered early in the morning to caravan up to the
festival location in Rome, Georgia.
soon as we arrived, representatives of “Enlightenment
Productions” greeted us with apologies that the SJ’s and
indeed ALL of the opening acts had been assigned to a
side stage. Something about “riders” signed between
previous reps from the company and the reps from the
headlining acts. The crew and reps from “Enlightenment
Productions “are to be commended for their graciousness
and helpfulness. Special thanks to Sharon for letting us
use her private RV to change clothes in. Sure beat the
heck out of using a Port-A-John!
first 3 opening acts took the stage and did a great job.
As we were staging our gear, the sky began to turn a
little dark, but not too worrisome.
opened with “8 Up With The Blues” and had the audience
hooked from the opening lick. We cruised through the
next 4 songs with an occasional glance skyward toward
growing clouds, but soldiered on fearlessly. Nearing the
end of our set, we broke out “Fishin’ Hole” in which Rog
apparently had an out of body experience, channeling
Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn in a blistering mid song
solo. I swear his eyes were rolled back in his head! We
customarily receive a really powerful response from the
audience on this tune, and this occasion didn’t
disappoint. The listeners pretty much came unglued when
we slammed it home.
launched into our closing tune “Standing On Shaky
Ground” (a real crowd pleaser) and about a minute into
it, the first fat drops of rain started. It very quickly
became obvious that we should wrap it up, as large
numbers of high voltage implements and a wet stage don’t
mix well. We cut short the song, and thanks to our
dauntless crew, got our gear shut down and off the stage
in record time.
all retreated to our vehicles or other shelter to wait
it out, but the rain got stronger and stronger. This was
WAY more than a summer shower, to the point that there
was 6 inches of water on the ground and folks tuned the
festival grounds into a giant “Slip and Slide” ala
“Woodstock”. Great fun!
Finally, and sadly, after over an hour of torrential
downpour with no end in sight, the event planners called
the whole thing off. That’s it, the end, no show today
Unfortunately, the other 2 winners of the “Battle of the
Bands” did not get to play at all. Our sympathies go to
“Thrillhammer” and “Fuel Injection”. Fine guys and great
suspicion is that the Rock Gods were not pleased that
“The Shufflejunkies ®” had been relegated to a side
stage, and the rain starting at the very end of our set
was their response
great bonus of our participation was that we grabbed the
attention of Chuck Gooch
who operates The Georgia Jukebox, an internet
radio station and all thing musical source. He’s got “8
Up With The Blues” playing worldwide. Thanks Chuck!!
following night, we played out debut gig at “Smith’s
Olde Bar”. For those who don’t know, “Smith’s” is
considered to be a premier music spot in Atlanta, having
been graced by the likes of David Bowie, Johnny Winter
and King’s X. So, yeah, we were sort of excited.
were part of a Sunday night showcase and shared the
stage with Sandia, an amazing fusion/rock/jazz quartet
from Huntsville, AL. (
http://www.myspace.com/sandia5 ), and The Nick
Edelstein band, a local favorite (http://www.myspace.com/nickedelstein
). As a special treat, Barry Richman was in the house,
and gave a scorching accompaniment to 2 of Nick’s tunes.
Barry is THE Atlanta guitar gunslinger, and a heck of a
http://www.barryrichman.com/ (Barry happens to be a
SJ fan, and has given us a very nice plug, seen on our
put on a great show and presented the World Premier of
the “Shufflettes”, Mindy, Kim,
and Lisa. The girls did a fantastic job on backup
vocals for 2 songs, and Mindy (who will soon be Mrs.
Andy The Drummer) returned to stage to lend her operatic
prowess (she just so happens to sing with the Atlanta
Symphony. Yeah, pretty cool huh?) to a new song of ours
written by Andy; “Phantom Blues”.
the sound man at “Smith’s” is a MONSTER! The sound was
great as was the audience. Our thanks to all the
“Shuffleheads” who came to see us. As a result of a very
high attendance to see us (they ask each person at the
door which band they have come to see), it’s looking
pretty good that we’ll be asked back.
here’s the plan: We get Andy married up at the end of
August (finally) and once he recovers from the
honeymoon, we will be out in force. Be looking for an
increased number of gig dates, and then bring your butt
to a show to get “Shuffleized”.
Check back. We’re just getting’ tuned up…