Knuckleheads Saloon

THE place for live music, be it blues, honky-tonk, rockabilly, or whatever, in the Kansas City area! Knuckleheads Saloon is the greatest roadhouse, honky-tonk and blues bar around!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Gene Watson, The New Alligators, Roomful of Blues, Melvin Taylor @ Knuckleheads 7/12 - 7/15/2007

Thursday 7/12
The New Alligators (Greatfull Dead Tribute)
8pm $6 Cover
“Dead Ahead”
Hailing from the greater Kansas City / Lawrence area, The New Alligators play psychedelic rock and roll like few other bands working today. Featuring former members of The Schwag, Coyote Project,The L.A. Ramblers, and legendary Lawrence band Tofu Teddy, The New Alligators use years of hard earned experience to breathe new life into the musical catalog of The Grateful Dead, one of America's best loved bands.

As part of the musical revolution that came to be known as "The San Francisco Sound", Jerry Garcia and his cohorts wrote some of the most memorable songs of the day. They also covered some of the other great works of their time – songs by Willie Dixon, Buddy Holly, and Bobby "Blue" Bland, just to name a few. Lawrence guitarists Darrell Lea and Brad Boerger have teamed up with Kansas City natives John Hubbard, Mack Tilton, and Chris Symmonds to form The New Alligators, performing music that is classic, yet timeless. "Just Keep Truckin' On", indeed!

Friday 7/13
Roomful of Blues
with specila guest Jerry Dowell Band
9pm tickets $15 adv $19 dos

Saturday 7/14
Melvin Taylor (blues)
9pm tickets $10 adv $13 dos

Sunday 7/15
Gene Watson
Country Music Legend Gene Watson is truly a 'Lone Star Hero'
with special guest Tator & the Gravy Train
2 seperate shows 1st show 4pm - 2nd show 8pm
(rain or shine)
$15 adv $20 dos / $25 Reserved Seating (front 3 rows and Caboose Club Cabaret)

Gene Watson never intended becoming a professional singer within the country music genre. Apparently, he didn't go searching for music - music found him. For those of us who love traditional country music, we have a lot to be thankful to Gene Watson for.

When you consider the vast catalogue of classic country songs that he has recorded since the late 1960s, his absence from the country music world would have left a gaping hole.

Of course, other artists could have recorded these tracks, but not with the same passion, emotion & genuine feeling that Gene Watson has brought to them.

Though he can sing honkytonk, Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classical country tradition. Watson began frequenting the clubs in Houston. He recorded for a few small-time regional labels during the early '70s like Wide World and Stoneway.

Watson finally had success in 1974, when a steamy single for Resco -- "Love in the Hot Afternoon" -- was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records, igniting a firestorm of national hits: "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You."

In 1982, shortly after moving to MCA, Watson recorded his only charttopper, "Fourteen Carat Mind." A parade of Top Ten entries followed during the early '80s, including "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" and "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without." Watson is a vocal stylist of considerable talent, and still owns his own body shop.


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