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Photos: Jason and Gibson Wells

by Carl Abernathy on September 9, 2017

I’ve seen Jason Wells, an area rocker and bluesman, perform many times, but I’d never seen him play with his 15-year-old son, Gibson, before. Wow. They perfectly complement each other, creating bluesy sonic waves with their guitars.

Great set by the Frankfort, Indiana, musicians Friday night at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette. Indianapolis musician Jason Andrew Brown opened with a nice set. Purdue student Tara Marlow also performed a couple of songs.

Some photos:


Gibson and Jason Wells
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Gibson and Jason Wells
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Gibson Wells
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Gibson and Jason Wells
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Jason Wells
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Gibson and Jason Wells
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Gibson Wells
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Gibson and Jason Wells
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Jason Wells
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Jason Andrew Brown
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Jason Andrew Brown
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Tara Malone
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Doug Duffey and The Louisiana Soul Revival

by Carl Abernathy on May 28, 2016

I don’t remember how I discovered Doug Duffey, a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. Probably a college pal from Louisiana who clued me in. I do know I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years.

I’d planned to spend a quiet Friday evening at home with the pup after attending the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender and a bunch of other concerts over the last several weeks. Thank goodness I happened to check The Knickerbocker Saloon’s concert calendar earlier in the day.

Duffey, who played with the Louisiana Soul Revival, danced effortlessly on his keyboard between blues, funk, rock and sweet, sweet soul. Duffey’s voice is gruff, weathered by the better part of five decades on the road. That – and the band’s great horn section – give The Louisiana Soul Revival’s funk tunes bite. But when Duffey sang Toussaint McCal’s “Nothing Takes the Place of You” (one of my favorite songs), his voice was sweet and soulful. Beautiful.

The band, led by guitarist Dan Sumner, is filled with pros. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to return to Louisiana so soon after jazz fest, but they took me back just a few seconds into the first song. They covered several Allen Toussaint songs, which were both poignant, just a few months after his death, and vibrant. But Duffey’s songs are the ones still ringing in my ears.

I wish there’d been a larger crowd to hear a Louisiana music legend and one of the state’s finest bands, but I’m glad I got a chance to hang out with them, if only for a couple of hours.

Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)

Betsy Lowe (Click photo to enlarge)
Betsy Lowe (Click photo to enlarge)

Doug Duffey & The Louisiana Soul Revival (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey & The Louisiana Soul Revival
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Dan Sumner (Click photo to enlarge)
Dan Sumner (Click photo to enlarge)

Nate Johnson (Click photo to enlarge)
Nate Johnson (Click photo to enlarge)

Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)
Doug Duffey (Click photo to enlarge)

I’ve now seen Marshall Crenshaw with The Bottle Rockets four times. Friday night’s show at the Lafayette Theater might have been the best. Marshall Crenshaw’s gorgeous pop-oriented rock and The Bottle Rockets’ grungy twang are a perfect mix.

The Bottle Rockets opened the evening and played the tunes on their latest album, “South Broadway Athletic Club.” Great songs. They also played my favorite Bottle Rockets tune, which means it’s one of my favorite songs – “Smoking 100’s Alone.”

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music co-operative, for bringing Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets to Lafayette. They’ll be bringing The Sadies to the Lafayette Brewing Co. on May 6. Tickets are available now.

A few photos:

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Henneman
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Marshall Crenshaw (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman & Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman & Keith Voegele
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John Horton (Click photo to enlarge)
John Horton (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)
Brian Henneman (Click photo to enlarge)

Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets (Click photo to enlarge)
Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets
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Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)
Keith Voegele (Click photo to enlarge)

Photos: The Prannies at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette

March 2, 2016

The Prannies, long one of the Lafayette area’s best bands, rocked People’s Brewing Tuesday night. They’re always fun. People’s features great acts, both national and local, every Tuesday night. Stop by if you’re near Lafayette. A few photos:

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Photos: 2015 Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival

August 23, 2015

The music at the 2015 Uptown jazz & Blues Fest in Lafayette, Indiana, was great; the weather was perfect.

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Photos: Quiet Hollers at People’s Brewing in Lafayette

August 18, 2015

Quiet Hollers, a band from Louisville, has added a harder edge to their music since I saw them at People’s Brewing Co. last fall. The new tunes rock more (sometimes they border on being raucous). But there’s still an everyman vibe in Shadwick Wilde’s lyrics. Tuesday night the band mixed the old alt-country tunes with […]

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Shadwick Wilde and Quiet Hollers at People’s Brewing

September 11, 2014

There aren’t many folks who can hear their own voices when they look in the mirror. I’ll bet Shadwick Wilde can. When Wilde, the lead singer and guitarist of the Louisville alt-country band Quiet Hollers, starts a song his eyes roll back a bit, creating a far-away look. His vocals echo the mood, dripping with […]

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Shiny Penny at Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette

August 10, 2014

I’d never seen Shiny Penny before I went on Saturday to Mosey Down Main Street, a regular showcase for musicians from Lafayette, Ind., and the surrounding area. The Kokomo-based band surprised me and ignited the crowd. Their high-energy rock and pop is infectious. They’re talented, energetic and charismatic. These young guys could make it big. […]

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