Posts Tagged ‘donnie thompson’

The Rugs return, with a new (old) member

August 24, 2009

rugs_promoIt’s not often that The Rugs get to play a show these days, what with lead singer Matt Dampier living in Kansas City and all, but the band has been able to put together a show this Saturday (August 29) at Lindberg’s together with Pilot Whale, The Tall Dark & Handsomes and Matthew Darkly, Dampier’s other Moodring Records music project. Good news, certainly, and worthy of mention, albeit perhaps not on its own, but there’s an added detail that changes that: According to guitarist Eric SchuchmannDonnie Thompson, The Rugs’ original drummer, is back in the lineup and will be playing the Lindberg’s show. Thompson, probably best known for his work on guitar with The Morells, The Skeletons and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, bowed out of The Rugs a couple of years ago and was replaced by Brian Azevedo. To our knowledge, it’s the first time the group’s original lineup has performed together in more than two years. Now the question becomes: Permanent change or one-show-only switchover?

In the (Cyber-) Flesh: Skeletons and Morells have their own fan blog

June 9, 2009

There was a time, long before The Studio on South Avenue came to be, that Lou Whitney was mainly known as a bass player, and a damn good one at that. A few lines earlier in Whitney’s resume you’ll find mentions of The Skeletons (Whitney, Nick Sibley, Donnie Thompson and Bobbie Lloyd Hicks) and The Morells (Whitney, Thompson, Dudley Brown and Ron Gremp), his best-known bands from the late ’70s and early ’80s. Though there were (very) occasional reunion shows at one time, much of the knowledge present-day musicgoers have of the groups is stories from the members and what’s committed to record, most notably The Morells’ Shake and Push and The Skeletons’ In the Flesh.

For those wanting more, or for those hoping to relive a time period they got to be there for, Lin in Wisconsin has come to the rescue.