About a year ago, we told you about a new band that was formed by departing members of Fish Fry Bingo — Shotgun Friday. Since then, I have wanted to see what new direction these guys have gone since the split. Saturday, at the Magnolia Motor Lounge, I got my chance.
The answer to that question is, thankfully, the same direction they’ve always been going. Their Facebook page lists their genre as “beergrass,” and the band consists of Tony Drewry (banjo, guitar, vocals, kazoo, jug), Adrian Cook (electric washboard, vocals), Blackie Graham (standup bass) and Matthew Broyles (guitar, vocals).
They played some bluegrass-ish covers of everything from Flatt and Scruggs’ classic Salty Dog, to Truck Drivin’ Man (Terry Fell), Crazy Arms (Ray Price), Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash), I’ll Be Your Johnny on the Spot (Ween), No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley), Mississippi Mud (Hank Williams III) and their own, altered-lyrics version of Longhaired Redneck by David Allan Coe.
We also got demented hill-hop versions of the Beastie Boys’ Paul Revere and Brass Monkey, Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg, and When The Sh-- Goes Down by Cypress Hill.
All of these were entertaining, and you haven’t lived until you’ve heard Gin and Juice done with a washboard run through a wah pedal as the lead instrument.
But Shotgun Friday has some pretty entertaining originals as well. We got Velvet Hammer — a love song to a beer (one from Dallas brewery Peticolas) — and the new single Drink Local. The latter was recorded earlier in the day Saturday with Nick Choate. The chorus is “Hell no, we won’t go to Wal-Mart for beer.”
At some point, Drewry announced, “If you don’t like America, get the [expletive] out,” pausing to remind the traitorous among us to tip our waitresses before leaving. Then the guys launched into their anthem Fire Eagle — the chorus of which is “In the words of the bald eagle I say screeee.”
With Shotgun Friday, we have an even tighter, more entertaining version of the old band. These guys put on a hell of an entertaining act, and the musicianship was first-rate. At the end of the show, while the sound man broke down the stage, they even played a quick acoustic set on the floor by the bar.
If you have a sense of humor (or just drink too much), you will not have a bad time at a Shotgun Friday show.