Posts Tagged ‘yankton sothern’

Steve Newman to guest with Bottlefish Saturday

May 13, 2009

natepbottlefishmustacheHas local supergroup HeartPunch rubbed off a little on its members? With news that Domino Kings guitarist Steve Newman will sit in on fellow HeartPuncher Yankton Sothern‘s group Bottlefish during its set at Nathan P. Murphy’s Saturday night, it would be hard not to believe the answer is yes. The show includes Live Oak and fellow local roots-rock group Mustache (formerly known as Phoenix). The show starts at 9 p.m.

HeartPunch booking second gig, recording

April 22, 2009

The thing with supergroups is you almost never can confine them to just one show. It’s often a meeting of talents too good to deny more opportunity, and such appears to be the case with local-music conglomerate HeartPunch. Frontman Yankton Sothern’s cathartic side project (he usually drums for Bottlefish and still plays guitar when Fullers Earth gets together) brought together Steve Newman of The Domino Kings, Lou Whitney of The Skeletons and The Morells and Ritchie Allen of BringYourGreenHat for a show so well received that Sothern says it’s planning a second show at Lindberg’s in May; no word on the official show date yet. The group is also working on coordinating schedules to lay down Sothern’s tracks for an upcoming album release. It may never become a regularly performing band–the members are all involved in far too many projects to make that seem feasible–but another show with the quartet together should give those at the original High Life Live show something to look forward to, as well as a second chance for those who missed it.

Yankton sighting… fronting a rock band?!

April 9, 2009

yankton-studioBelieve it. Yankton Sothern, the semi-reclusive (he’s gotten better about it in recent months) guitarist for longtime Springfield folk group Fuller’s Earth and drummer for alt-country group Bottlefish, will step to the front of the stage for at least one night. Sothern tells us he’s forming a rock group with drummer Ritchie Allen (BringYourGreenHat), guitarist Steve Newman (The Domino Kings) and bassist Lou Whitney (The Skeletons, The Morells, The Rugs, The Studio, and on, and on…). The group, which Sothern says will be named HeartPunch, will play at The High Life Live Martini Lounge on Friday, April 17 from 10 to 10:45 p.m. A second show is not guaranteed yet, but as one-off lineups go, it doesn’t get much more all-star in the local scene than this.

Springfield vs. Austin: Who wins?

September 15, 2008

I got an email last week from Jason Poe, formerly of the Springfield band the Professional Americans and currently living and writing music in Austin, Texas under the name Jets Under Fire. His band is coming back to Springfield this weekend to play at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery Saturday, September 20. Sounds like a cool show, I thought–and an opportunity. It seemed to me as though Jason would be especially qualified to write a musician’s-eye view comparing Springfield and Austin musically, looking at what Springfield does right as well as what it can do better. The results were everything I hoped for and more. It’s a long read, but I sincerely hope anyone who visits this site and cares about local music–from musicians to venue owners, and even local administrators–will gain something from it. Not only is it hopeful, it’s instructive. You’ll find the full essay after the break. Enjoy.

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