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Review and photos – Derek Trucks Band at the Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg, June 23 2009

– review by Eugene Osudar/photos by Ravi Shukla

The opening salvo
of the Jazz Winnipeg
Festival

Romi Mayes backed
by the big guns
the hard edged and the true
Weber Brothers

her words
her music
her emotions
her veracity

here are her The Traveling Players,

Cookie scratching and clawing
hammering
and pounding
the keys

Ryan Weber
plucking/playing/
tickling/strolling
those graceful fingers
it’s ballet on the stand/up
bass strings
before laying down the slap!hammer
smacking his big bad bass, plus
his brother

Sam Weber effortlessly
creating the space
for Ryan and Cookie to
do the damage

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they are the needle

we’re the carnage done
in by the soul
of Romi’s music

and Corndog (p)laying
a true heartbeat
foundation
on the drums

thump,thump,thumping
our Beating hearts

i Love that it’s about The Band

I can’t write enough
wonderful things
about Romi Mayes
and the Webers

superlatives,

like gelati

on your tongue
in your mouth
caressing your buds
every flavor
imaginable

(it’s so hot these days
and nights
in Winnipeg,
the heat is on!
you need to cool down)

the way This Band
communicates
nods and winks
smiles
facial ticks
eyebrows
up,down

how they freely allow
each other
to perform
to flow
at their best
always

and yes
Romi Mayes
has the best back/up
band in the world

she keeps praising,
and Corndog
behind the kit
has the best view
in the audience
her “ass” she lets
us know

she speaks The Truth
here are her honest songs
from her soul
to ours,

The Other Dame
Long Way Home
Somethin Goin On
Tire Marks
Arkansas
I Won’t Cry
Can’t Get You Off
Styx and BTO

Romi’s beautiful voice
a so,lovely instrument
her beautiful
open soul
for us to see and hear
in her words
such intense openness

and then The Webers
performed an immense
version of

Home Is Where The Heart Is

45 minutes
a mix of soulfully aching
ballads and hard-edged
rockers

Romi’s songs,

the jilted,heart,broken
female
point of view

the unfathomable
depths
of a woman’s naked
heart

Ryan slaps his
big old beauty of a
stand,up bass
its shoulders
and neck
the curves
it’s a wooden drum
in his hands

smacking
slapping

and fingers,popping
the wood

its shine
its dullness
the patina

Cookie plays like a tiger
leaping in feeding
frenzy
his paws
waving
cut(ting),slash(ing)
the keys

Home Is Where The Heart Is
solos sweep us into sonic
bliss,(fully) kissing
our listening
hearts

Derek Trucks Band

 

Derek Trucks
the guitar man
his guitar playing/
style is a lead Voice
are Vocals
uplifting

Mike Mattison
lead voice

let me tell you
what i heard

I heard
Joe Cocker

some of that Stance
minus
the spasms
(and i’m very good with that!)

Mike’s voice and
presence is powerful

he melts away
when Derek
plays leads

Kofi Burbridge
on the keys
flute too
he (p)lays it down
pure

here comes the rhythm
section,

Count M”Butu
keeping the rhythm train
purr,cuss/
sively
rolling

Todd Smallie
bass guitar
and wonderful harmonies

now, talk about
drummers that groove
Yonrico Scott

his head never stops
moving and shoulders
rolling and rocking
flashing/sparking/sticks

the set:

Get What You Deserve

(super/Hot, opening
so dirty sliding guitar blues)

I Know

a little soulful slide
chilling my rocky spine
the depths
and layers
the power of Derek’s solo

I Done Got Over

no deviations
traveling the straight
ahead blues
road

So Close So Far

this jazz song did
nothing for me

Down Don’t Bother Me

hearing that Joe Cocker
sound/seeing that stance
Mike’s gorgeous
textured voice
and so tight band

Meet Me At The Bottom

feels like we’re on a rocking blues
train/down and dirty
and a very spiritual
song
perpetual motion
and emotion
always riding the rail grooves
back and forth
at break/neck speed
Yonrico’s head rolling
in the train’s rushing
groove

I’ll Find My Way

Stevie Wonderish 70s
groove, when he set
himself free of
the Little Stevie Wonder
tag
this is groove boogie blues

This Sexy
or Leavin’ Trunk

Hard (cap that H!)
ass blues
a WoW song
don’t know which song
(the set list was a little smudged)
that guitar grooving solo

Sweet Inspiration

now this is a beautiful
dance song
(if only)
i am dancing in my seat

My Favorite Thing

Now This Is Hot Jazz
thank you Derek Trucks Band

Key To The Highway

more of that so/good
down,dirty,blues
for the wee wee hours

Get Out Of My Life

Sam Weber’s invited
to join the band
on rhythm guitar

Sam looks like he’s always
played with these guys

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perfectly placed
song to carry us away
and take us home

90 wonderful minutes

i didn’t intend to go to
this show
a friend with a dark
mean
shadow
talons bared
hanging over her
asked me what
my plans were for the night
and i offered this show
as an option

which she liked the best

we grooved
in our seats
dancing away
(and she told me,
meditated too)
and when
the house,lights
switched on after

Get Out Of My Life

i saw

a
beautiful
and true
smile
on her
(
w
o
n
d
r
o
u
s
)
face

that’s all you need to know
about the Derek Trucks Band
Romi Mayes and the
Weber Brothers,

they took the shadows away,

on Tuesday night
June 23rd,
at the Pantages Playhouse.

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene
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