Baby Gramps to (musically) disrupt the West County
Baby Gramps is going to be performing at Studio E in Sebastopol and no matter what you do,
you won’t be prepared for him.
He appeared at First Night Tacoma in a large vintage theater and after the Poodles danced to Swan Lake and the teenagers in hula-hoops flashing colored lights left the stage, here came a bizarre apparition from a backwater town on one of Jupiter’s moons.
Long loose and lanky with a beard made of gray tumbleweed swallowing his face, slouch hat and an acoustic antique resonator National Steel Guitar, he parked his angular frame on a stool, massaged his larynx with a barbed wire fence and assaulted “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” like Tom Waits-meets-David Lynch with a chain saw
Rapping his size 18s on the hardwood, Baby Gramps, accompanied by a spoon virtuoso, lets the sounds come skittering out in the form of rags, jazz, vintage blues, outrageous tales and delightful folk songs.
No one is too old or too young to be hooked by this hirsute humanoid who is an accomplished musician/entertainer and unquestionably extremely talented.
Says writer Patrick Ferris, “His voice is a cross between Popeye the Sailor and a Didgeridoo and the plinkity plink of his VERY worn National steel guitar, sounds like a wind up jack in the box.”
Called the “Salvador Dali of folk music” the Seattleite has been acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years along with Ray Charles, Jelly Roll Morton, Jimi Hendrix and the Wailers. He’s also been called a modern day Robert Johnson; a revolutionary guitarist that, like Thelonious Monk on piano, can play the notes ‘between the cracks.
Baby Gramps toured Australia, England, and Ireland as part of the Rogues Gallery: Pirate
Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys CD Concert Tour with Tim Robbins, Marianne Faithful, Martha and Rufus Wainright, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega and many other well-known performers. The Rogues Gallery CD, produced by Johnny Depp landed Baby Gramps on the David Letterman Show.
Joining this Old Time salty vaudevillian will be the Jug Dealers who, themselves have earned quite a reputation in the West County. A traditional jug band, they have morphed their rough-edged act into one of polished virtuosity with a gumbo of classic American roots music, Ragtime, Folk, funk and blues. Their fresh music is delivered with conviction and passion and they’re looking forward to this return performance at Studio E. Tickets are $15.
When: 8 p.m., Friday, November 23
Where: Studio E, Schaeffer Rd, Sebastopol, CA, 95472