Caught Kingfish last night, here in Portland.
Here is their current site:
Most of these guys live in Eugene, OR now (the guitar player is from Levitown, PA, PA shout-out to T-Jedi!).
They played a great show. 'Did lots of ol' Kingfish faves of mine, like Hypnotize (Kingfish's Emaj7 EyesOTW type jam... I used to play this one in High School, I got a refresher course last night!), Jump for Joy, Overnight Bag, Goodby Yer Honor, Shake and Fingerpop (Jr. Walker style), This Time (ballad), By and By (trad), Import Export Man (Torbert), and alot of others.
I got to shake hands and talk with the lead guitarest Dan DeGennaro (He played strong solo's all night, I picked up several licks/ideas), who played with Dave Torbert towards the late 70's, and he and Barry Flast shared some David Torbert stories during and after the show, which is interesting stuff to me because... David Torbet is the best Country/Rock singer ever, imho. His recordings with NRPS and Kingfish are stellar (I picked up a new CD of the Kingfish first album to replace my wore out cassette.)
So that was cool.
They also talked about Robby Hoddinotts playing, and said that Robbies soloing style was based on his love of Jr. Walker sax solo's (Shotgun, etc). You can really here that influense on songs like Shake & Fingerpop and Jump Back.
They had a good drummer who didn't play a single note too loud the whole night. A light touch, finesse player. He was good. He is left handed (but plays a right-handed set) and played the high-hat with his left arm, and the snare with his right arm, instead of cross-armed like righty's would do it.
They have a good Bass player who Bass-ically hung back by the Drummer all night and held down the bottom end.
They also had a Sax player who was great. This guys thing is to play two saxes at once! So he did alot of two sax "horn section" type fills, and also took a wailin' sax solo on pretty much every tune. The guitar and sax did alot of trading 8's on several of the extended jams.
Our local buddy Arthur Steinhorn sat in on Percussion the whole night. He switched to the drum set for Hypnotize (the drummer switched to cowbell and like a calypso drum). He is a friend of Barry Sless and he and Barry were both in Kingfish back in the late 80's.
So that was a good outing, and tonight is Furthur here in Portland, OR!
Here is a link to SugarMegs. Do a search for "Kingfish" and it brings up a bunch of shows with Bobby, David Torbert, Robbie Hoddinott and several other great players. Pick a show and click on "Listen". On my box it opens up in Windows Media Player after a few save>open clicks.