I’ve yet to make it to the annual Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans because I usually cannot get off work, and I’ve missed some incredible artists and shows, but this year I’m even angrier than usual at not being able to make it because the legendary CYRIL JORDAN and ROY LONEY, the original front-line of THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES, considered by many to be the definitive American rock’n’roll band, are reuniting for their first performance since 1971. While later line-ups of the Groovies have also been great (I’d go for a Cyril Jordan-Chris Wilson-Mike Wilhelm reunion too), the Jordan-Loney tag team of TEENAGE HEAD and FLAMINGO and SUPERSNAZZ and SNEAKERS fame have always been special and had a combination of influences and talent that could not be beat. Is my math wrong or is it 38 YEARS since 1971? There’s not a month that goes by that I do not dig out my SKYDOG-label 45 of this lineup doing “I Can’t Explain” and then marvel at how this one performance is, simply, the way rock’n’roll was meant to be played.
Loney and Jordan will be backed by Billy Miller and Miriam Linna’s band THE A-BONES, which is also a dream pairing.
And if that is not enough, Dale Hawkins and James Burton (think the original “Suzie Q”) will also be reunited again (prior to their pairing at a recent Stomp, they had not performed together in concert for 40 years), Otis Clay will be backed by the Hi Rhythm Section, and there are countless other amazing performers. The Queen of rock’n’roll, WANDA JACKSON, will also perform. I had the privilege of meeting Wanda and her husband Wendell in Pawnee, Oklahoma, in 1984, when Wanda was performing Christian material with a guitar and a backing tape to an audience of about 15, and then I saw her again at my first date with my wife Mary Anne, when Wanda paired up with the great ROSIE FLORES, one-time San Antonio resident and an amazing talent who should be a superstar. The Wanda and Rosie show was incredible, and I got to chat with Wanda briefly, and when she saw me with Mary Anne, she said, “you two are so right for each other, you should get married.” We took her advice!
Hey, if you can possibly make it to the Stomp this year, don’t miss it. Let’s hope Norton Records records the Loney-Jordan show! And let’s hope the Stomp makes its next goal reuniting Cyril Jordan with Chris Wilson and Mike Wilhelm, so the “Shake Some Action”-period Flamin’ Groovies can show us they’ve still got it!
go to http://www.ponderosastomp.com/ for further details.
I see Lazy Lester is also playing, and he is another one not to miss, one of the greatest and the few surviving kings of the Excello records/swamp blues sound. I met Lester between sets at Antone’s back in the 90s, and he’s a great guy. He’d worked as a trucker between music gigs in the lean years, and we discussed the old days of night-shift truckers’ radio in the 50s-70s, and Lester—-a far more eclectic man than many would realize—-commented on how “they’re not making them like Hank Snow anymore.” !!!!! They certainly aren’t! 🙂