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Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Banana Pudding must mean the SCOTS are in town (AME)

02 Dec 2012

written by Atlanta Music Examiner

Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Banana Pudding must mean the SCOTS are in town

Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Banana Pudding must mean the SCOTS are in town

Originally posted on Atlanta Music Examiner

The opening twang of Rick Miller’s guitar hooked every single member of the crowd that packed the infamous Star Bar in Little Five Points Saturday night, as Southern Culture On The Skids (SCOTS) sucked them all into their world of mobile homes, Southern cuisine and zombies.

With almost 30 years of making bad ass surf/rockabilly music together the trio of Miller, Mary Huff and Dave Hartman had a plethora of tunes to choose from for the night’s playlist and they chose wisely. As the SCOTS plucked tunes from virtually every album, the cramped quarters became a massive sing-a-long. The ever popular “Mojo Box” started the show and songs such as “Put Your Teeth Up On The Window Sill”, “Pig Pickin’”, “Voodoo Cadillac”, “Soul City” and “Doublewide”. Huff’s sultry vocals wooed the crowd as she nailed “House Of Bamboo”, “Nitty Gritty” and the Wanda Jackson tune “Funnel Of Love”. Things began to get crazy when they kicked into “Zombiefied” which began the first wave of bringing the crowd into the show and the fan favorite “Camel Walk” continued the crowd participation. Referred to by Rick as the ‘buffet portion’ of the night, the stage was filled with ladies, the opening band and various friends as they rolled through “Biscuit Eater”, “8-Piece Box” and “Banana Pudding”. With biscuits & chicken being chucked into the audience, myself and others were happy that the banana pudding was not. Normally it would be hard to follow the food filled trio of songs, but the SCOTS were able to pull it off with a damn fine version of “Dance With Me”, a fitting end to another great show from the North Carolina band.

Opening the festivities was the surf rock band the Intoxicators. Dressing and playing the part of a 1950/60’s surf rock band these guys really were on their game. Donning matching powder blue dinner jackets they traversed a selection of original and classic tunes at a torrid pace. Their blistering dual guitar attack on the tracks “Indira” and “Mach Schnell Meine Kleine Buzzbomb” would have made Dick Dale and Link Wray proud and the surf rendition of “Paint It Black” was original and did justice to the classic song. They closed the set with a killer version of “Miserlou” which was dead on. The Intoxicators were the perfect band to get everyone jacked for the SCOTS.

If you were doing something else Saturday night then you missed one incredible night of entertainment. The place was jam packed, the beer was ice cold and the music was incredible. There was an added bonus with the free grub that came along with the show; all we were missing was potato salad. Maybe on their next album the SCOTS could write a song about that. Check out Southern Culture On The Skids whenever they play close to your town, it is an experience you will never forget.

SCOTS Tour Dates
Thu 12/6/2012 St Augustine, FL The Original Cafe Eleven
Fri 12/7/2012 Orlando, FL The Social
Sat 12/8/2012 Tampa, FL Skipper’s Smokehouse
Sun 12/9/2012 Gainesville, FL High Dive (formerly Double Down Live)
Fri 12/14/2012 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Sat 12/15/2012 Wilmington, NC The SoapBox Laundro-Lounge

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