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Friday, March 18 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm

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Churchwood began to take shape in the fall of 2007. Bill Anderson (Meat Purveyors, Poison 13) wanted a band that could straddle two of Austin's primary music scenes: blues and alternative. Bill envisioned taking Captain Beefheart's "Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot" as a point of departure and using it as a means to explore the musical interests that he and singer Joe Doerr (LeRoi Brothers) have shared for the past 25 years: blues, punk, country, and psychedelic. Back in the '80s and early '90s, Bill and Joe played together in two different Austin bands: Ballad Shambles and Hand of Glory. In Churchwood, they manage to give direction to their often schizophrenic musical tastes. Bill went on to form a punk rock bluegrass band called The Meat Purveyors, and Joe went off to study Modernist poetry in graduate school. While Joe wrote his first book, Order of the Ordinary (Salt 2003), Bill toured with The Meat Purveyors and played around Austin with other experimental bands like Cat Scientist, the band where he met bassist Julien Peterson. Though Julien had played bass in Austin bands like Brown Whörnet, he decided he’d rather drum for Churchwood. He and Bill began to jam together and produced many of the musical ideas that would eventually become Churchwood’s first songs. Spring 2008 saw Bill’s involvement in the musical aspect of Speeding Motorcycle, a trippy dramatization of Daniel Johnston’s psyche. Bill worked with a number of musicians including Adam Kahan to provide the musical setting for the play. Adam, who has played bass for Austin bands like The Invincible Czars and Jazzus Lizard, got Bill’s invitation to the blues done Churchwood style, and signed on. Bill then contacted Billy Steve Korpi of the Crack Pipes, Austin’s coolest garage-blues band, and asked if Billy Steve would like to handle half the guitar duties in Churchwood. Though Billy Steve was already playing lead guitar in a number of bands besides the Crack Pipes, like the Bloody Tears and Victims of Leisure, he gave Churchwood a shot. Julien says, “Churchwood is the sum of all its parts; and those parts are pretty diverse.” As Joe puts it, “We are Churchwood, and we meant to do that.”

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Churchwood for the past four years or so has been playing what has been variously described as "dystopic blues," "fragmented blues-rock," and "Dada swamp." All veterans of the Austin scene, Joe Doerr provides the surreal poetry and growl, Bill Anderson and Billysteve Korpi playing... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2011 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Karma Lounge

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