The Picassoid Will Oldham.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Dege Legg, and Hurray for the Riff-Raff at Bourque's Social Club, Scott, LA, 4/7/2010
What a tremendous show. Will Oldham is a my-body-is-my-instrument actor/singer/presence-in-and of-the-room guy when he's on, and he was on last night, full of gesture, sweet of voice. Just sitting there during one of the opening acts, he was a satyr in repose, a shambled couch his dewy bed of clover. His harmonies were so strong, it was hard to believe this was that same squeaky kid from There is No-One What Will Take Care Of You so many years ago. I unfortunately did not capture his best numbers, among them "Troublesome Houses" off the new album and a version of
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & the Cairo Gang - "Teach Me To Bear You." Dig the shadows.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & the Cairo Gang - "Go Folks, Go"
Dege Legg - "The Battle of New Orleans"
Hurray for the Riff-Raff - Unknown song. I wish I'd gotten the one where she harmonized with the passing train.
The opening acts did their own share of the heavy lifting. Dege Legg plays with the gusto you wish street guitarists would embody. Pushed that shit to the cliff's edge. Hurray for the Riff Raff nail the delicate, vintage-ish, old/new/timeless, faerie-airy/dead serious New Orleans thing in all its glory.
Bourque's (discussed in some length here) is one notch above (or below, depending on perspective) a house show amenities-wise, so in one of the many sojourns to Cue Time, the bar next door, I encountered a barfly that brings his own air freshener, itinerant troubadour William Lee on his way from Los Angeles to his destiny in Alabama, and a dimebag of some serious beef jerky. I love you, Scott, Louisiana. Thanks to Will Oldham, Drew Landry, Dege, Riff-Raff et. al. for everything, once again.