One advantage to being a former member of a beloved band is that you have talented friends to call on and a surefire way of pleasing a crowd. That’s exactly the case with Robert Logue, former bass player for ’80s Nashville rock icons The Royal Court of China. Today, Logue is one of the partners in East Nashville’s bazaar/bizarre bar and grindhouse cinema Logue’s Black Raven Emporium. He’s currently looking to expand the downstairs lounge into a covered patio and beer garden. After putting out a few phone calls, he’s assembled a great reunion/benefit show with a special guest appearance from local guitar god Warner Hodges. Ascent of Everest, Fancytramp and Kidd Ramius are also on the bill, pitching in for the cause. —RANDY FOX
The seldom-seen and badass headliner comes with an interesting mix of contemporary locals: chilling cinematic grandeur from Ascent of Everest (seriously, a swell band to hear in hot weather), grungy pop from Fancytramp, and Kidd Raimus, a side project of BF/GF Sex's Cannon Kinnard that takes my favorite things about Nine Inch Nails and makes them a little looser and groovier. Tomorrow night's festivities start at 9 p.m., will set you back seven of your American dollars, and afterward, Spice-J will be on the decks to help you with all of your New Orleans bounce-related needs.
I thought that Royal Court of China's "It's All Changed" from their self-titled A&M debut was a contender for Best Local Rock Song Ever. I still dig it, but I also recently found that Soundcloud user Allen in Tennessee, whom I assume is one-time Practical Stylists manager Allen Sullivant, uploaded RCoC's debut EP, Off the Beat'n Path, which you can stream after the jump. [Collector's note: If you're interested in owning a copy for yourself, perhaps for an autograph, I recently spotted a sealed one at Phonoluxe.]
This record perked up ears at A&M, and led to a deal that lasted through 2 LPs: a eponymous effort in 1987, and Geared and Primed in 1989. The other records may have spawned some cool music videos (including a Sam Raimi joint), but they don't quite match the ferocity of the unadulterated band on their vinyl debut.