Re: Tallboys at Chantli Mare
FROM: LA MANZANILLA MEMO, Guadalajara Reporter, March 8 edition ...
La Manzanilla: the Live-Music Capital of the Costalegre
When The TallBoys Band came to La Manzanilla last Sunday afternoon, I expected them to be good. With the previous night’s palapalooza performance of Scottie and Friends still ringing in my ears, though, I found it difficult to believe anyone could be appreciably better than that particular pick-up group of wandering minstrels. Scottie and each of his friends, after all, plays and sings and has a fan base on his respective home turf. Playing together, they kick ass. About three chords into their opening song at Jolanda’s, however, it was obvious that the TallBoys were about to kick some bigger, badder rock-and-roll butt than has been kicked here in recent memory. And that they did.
The TallBoys are lead and acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Truly, Flip Nicholson on keyboard and vocals, bass and acoustic player Joel Barker, and drummer Dale Hetler, (plus Gary Trego, currently on tour with the band, on pedal steel guitar). Their well seasoned voices are deliciously crisp and tight, blending harmonies as smooth as an añejo margarita. Their love of playing shines through every finely honed song, whether it’s one of their country-tinged originals or a favorite from back in the day. The TallBoys possess my personal criterion for a great band -- the ability to transport an audience out there somewhere and ease it back to earth, almost before you know you’ve been gone. I call it the Pink Floyd Effect, but you know what I mean if you’ve ever made the trip. Dancing is to their music is a reflex action, with (almost) as much energy and abandon as you had in the Sixties.
This was the Ajijic-based band’s first La Manzanilla performance. Playing cover songs from the soundtrack for our generation, The TallBoys have made fans among the senior set throughout the Lakeside area, plus San Miguel de Allende, San Luis Potosi and other inland metropolises, with brief incursions into Puerto Vallarta suburbs. Three years ago they opened in Manzanillo and have been working their way up the coast, finally finding La Manzanilla. Kudos to Jolanda and Leon, of Jolanda’s beachfront restaurant, for scoring this musical coup.
Coming up forThe TallBoys Band is the gala Niños de Chapala fundraiser on March 15, where they’ll debut the video for their new CD’s title track, On Your Own. Legendary record producer Stuart Epps produced the video with Cobra Films in Guadalajara. The music CD is a mix of originals and covers, some live, all good. In May they plan to head back up to the Austin, Texas area to revisit fans in a few clubs up there. Check out their Website, www.tallboysband.com, to listen to their music, get on their mailing list and find out where they’re performing near you.
I’m pretty sure The TallBoys Band will be back next year. They seemed really impressed when I explained to them that La Manzanilla has become the “live-music capital of the Costalegre.” Say what? Our neighbors in Melaque and Barra may question this bold and unsubstantiated statement, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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