Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dark and off-the-wall (Reposted)

Up in Newark, Delaware (that's "New-Ark", Delaware, not "New-Erk", New Jersey) is a club known as one of the top college bars in the country by several generations of drunken college kids. The Stone Balloon is where local blues artist, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, came to national attention.

My sister has lived near the campus of the University of Delaware for most of the past thirty years. When I go to visit my sister and her family I am always treated to an evening on Main Street in Newark. The Stone Balloon is the centerpiece to a lively nightclub scene. David Bromberg's violin shop is down the street, and there is no telling who may be in there trading licks with one of the best session men there ever was.

Across the street from the Stone Balloon is a "head" shop, the Home Grown, where you can find incense and hemp clothing, Attached to this '60s throwback is a little place called the Home Grown Cafe. The Home Grown Cafe is a bright, cheery place with a nice up-scale decor, wonderful food, and a great bar. On Friday and Saturday nights they have live entertainment and that is where I first heard the acoustic urban blues of Lunchboxx.

Lunchboxx is a fine guitarist, singer, and songwriter who plays some very fine covers of standards by a wide variety of artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Stephen Stills, Townes Van Zandt, and Skip James, and you can clearly hear each of these varied influences in his music. His own, slightly off-the-wall, original compositions (Don't Go Near That Room and Lord, Uncle Jimmy Hates Flies are two examples) are strong and sometimes strange tunes accompanied by his smooth finger-picked guitar and deep baritone. Another reviewer had this to say about Lunchboxx, "He doesn't tan particularly well".

I can't argue with that.

Lunchboxx - Walkin' Till I'm Through.mp3

Lunchboxx - Anthony's Blues

Lunchboxx - France Blues.mp3

Lunchboxx has 3 CDs, Tall As Wide, Don't Go Near That Room, and My Friend John. All are available from cdbaby.


Blogger Rob Hutten said...

hmmm - seems the links are broken, Mr. Bus...

July 18, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the heads up Rob.
Hope to be back on the road soon.

July 18, 2006 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

You got it backwards. I live in NJ and work in "New-Erk."
It's those folks in Delaware who say "New-Ark."

July 18, 2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

You are right, Dan! I called my sister and she agrees. I'll fix the post.

Thanks for keepin' me straight.

July 18, 2006 10:11 PM  

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