Nashville Pussy's Rolling Party Rolls and Parties!
The fantastically named band Nashville Pussy likes to be on tour. So much so that they must have spent at least twice as many nights on the road as they have at home since they began playing their dirty, bluesy rock back in 1996. Out on their most recent tour, the “Parental Advisory Tour,” along with comedy rock/metal outfits Green Jello and Psychostick, Nashville Pussy is bringing their rolling party to a club near you! And if you like rock and booze, or if you like just one of those things, you want to see this show really bad.
Nashville Pussy came out on stage to little fanfare, but from the first booze-soaked chords they had the audience enthralled with their combination of conviction and three-sheets-to-the-wind attitude. Flanked by the saucy Karen Cuda (bass) and wild-woman Ruyter Suys (lead guitar), Blaine Cartwright (guitar and vocals) commanded the stage like a drunk Eisenhower. His gravelly vocal melodies were backed by Cuda and Suys and created a unique effect – the singing wasn’t good in the classical sense, but it sure was great.
Ripping off tune after tune after tune, Nashville Pussy just didn’t stop. Brief comments and song introductions gave the gathered drinkers mere seconds to rest before the next set of burly chords were fired off. We did find out, however, that Nashville Pussy likes the food in Chicago. Kudos to the on-site mix and production staff at Reggie’s Rock Club too – frequently nowadays the live mix is so muddled bands sound like blenders. But the guys on the board were on it all night; each instrument was clear as a bell, making the music that much more enjoyable.
The audience was clearly having a great time, and almost as much fun as Nashville Pussy themselves. There were lots of really drunk folks, and a fair amount of mooning, grabbing, flirting and flashing. And as far as everyone else was concerned, that was totally cool. The concert just kept on getting better and better as both the band and the crowd got more and more lubed up. Nashville Pussy probably could have played all night, but they had to stop so they could join the rest of us and get totally hammered too.
Green Jello: Now officially known as “Green Jelly” due to legal action by the jiggly food of the same name, the self-proclaimed “shittiest band in the world” was a lot of fun. Starting off with crazy masks and continuing all the way through the show with crazy covers and costumes, Green Jello was a hoot from front to back. They even played a cover of Rob Zombie’s “Dragula” that was about Count Chocula, complete with full Count Chocula costume! The last song about three little pigs had an interlude where a man with a shaved head and no pants exhorted the crowd to chant “Green Jello Sucks!” over and over while about 20 audience members went nuts onstage with pig dolls and other wacky things. Certainly weird, but also very, very fun.
Green Jello MySpace
A Little Taste of Green Jello
The Fabulous Miss Wendy: Is there anything hotter than the cutest chick in your high school wailing away on a huge guitar while wearing suuuuuuper low cut jeans? Answer: no, there is nothing hotter. Miss Wendy came out and ran through a handful of grunge/punk/chick rock songs, kind of like a better, younger, and slightly angrier Veruca Salt. But nobody really cared how good she was on the guitar (she was pretty good!), as the music was merely a soundtrack to our fantasies. (Miss Wendy, her bassist and her drummer also made three-fifths of Green Jello’s band.)
Miss Wendy’s MySpace
Check out her videos on YouTube
Psychostick: Your correspondent unfortunately did not arrive at the venue in time to take in comedy metal band Psychostick’s show. But word on the street is that they were fantastic, and funny.
Find out what I missed at Psychostick.com
Remaining Nashville Pussy Tour Dates:
April 28: San Angelo, TX @ The Deadhorse
April 29: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
April 30: Houston, TX @ Wired Live
May 01: Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly
May 02: Dallas, TX @ Skillman Street
May 04: Amarillo, TX @ War Legion
May 06: Denver, CO @ Cervante's
May 07: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
May 08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
May 09: Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
May 11: Reno, NV @ The Underground
May 12: Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
May 13: Bend, OR @ The Domino Room
May 14: Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen
May 15: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 17: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 19: Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
May 20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
May 21: Fresno, CA @ The Crest Theater
May 22: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
May 23: Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
May 26: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
May 27: Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 28: Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
May 29: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
May 30: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
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