[Before we begin, here is some info from www.dustbowl.gr] "Dust
Bowl" were those whirlwinds and hurricanes of dust that infested
the South-West States of America from 1930 to 1938. A term
born in those hard times from the people who lived in the drought-stricken
region during the Great Depression. The "Dust Bowl Days",
also known as the "Dirty Thirties", took its toll on Cimarron
County. The decade was full of extremes: blizzards, tornadoes, floods,
droughts, and dirt storms.
Dust Bowl did not cause the Great Depression, although it did contribute
to some of the economic problems. The dust storms began years after
the arrival of the Great Depression, leaving them only to further
hinder the economy. When farmers in the Midwest started having problems
with their crops because of "black blizzards", they found
it difficult to make profit and eventually lost their land to banks
and the government. With their land barren and homes seized in foreclosure,
many farm families were forced to leave. Migrants left farms in Oklahoma,
Kansas, Texas, Iowa, and New Mexico. The Dust Bowl exodus was the
largest migration in American history within a short period of time.
Dustbowl (the band) were formed in Athens Greece [May 2006] and built their own flavor of
Americana & Alt. Country-Rock. “Dusty Rock - Earth-Elegy” music
which reveals their own inner lament and sentiments.
They weren’t concerned about fitting in or being a part of what
anybody else was doing but the rebellious and deviant chain gang &
the "dust bowl" refugees!
I went to see them when they
did "Johnny Cash: The Tribute Show" at Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Mousikis Athinon) last March. I heard about them from the internet and a Johnny Cash tribute was not something I was going to miss. They had done this sort of thing before, back in 2012 I think, but this was the first time on a venue of such a scale. And they managed to rock the usually "serious" Athens Concert Hall with a 35 song set lasting for 2 1/2 hours. Several guests were brought on stage, including Makis from The Western Ramblers
SETLIST: 01. Folsom Prison Blues 02. I Walk The Line 03. Man In Black 04. So Doggone Lonesome 05. Big River 06. I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now 07. Get Rhythm 08. Cry! Cry! Cry! 09. Rusty Cage 10. Hey Porter 11. Busted 12. Cocaine Blues 13. Blue Train 14. Home Of The Blues 15. Wreck Of The Old '97 16. San Quentin 17. Sam Hall 18. God's Gonna Cut You Down 19. Orange Blossom Special 20. Jackson 21. Long Black Veil 22. Ring Of Fire 23. It Ain't Me Babe 24. Green Green Grass Of Home 25. Sunday Morning Comin' Down 26. Don't Think Twice It's Alright 27. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 28. One Piece At A Time 29. I Still Miss Someone 30. I Won't Back Down 31. This Train Is Bound For Glory 32. Wanted Man 33. I Got Stripes 34. I've Been Everywhere 35. Ghost Riders In The Sky
I admit it, I feel uncomfortable at weddings. Not the small civil ones like one of my best friends had a few years ago, but the big budget ones in churches where you have to act in a certain way, dress in the same way and party afterwards in a certain way. (And I really enjoyed it when a friend of mine took off his tie before his wedding, making me feel ankward that I was still wearing mine). I'd rather be at a rock concert as you've probably guessed. I think. Wedding presents are another thing. They are probably the most difficult present to give, since you have to choose something that the newlyweds want, but, at the same time, it is nothing that another guest has already chosen. So, I'm not a big fan of wedding presents either except for this one: The band fronted by David Gedge, who once released one limited edition 7" single every month for a whole year. (And that was in 1992 when the 7'' single was almost extinct and the CD single was the dominant format).
I finally saw them live in Athens last March, having missed them the last time they were here. They venue was six d.o.g.s., a small one, so it was one of those "intimate" gigs that I got to watch from the front of the stage.
Among the songs we heard that night, was "Blue Eyes" from "The Hit Parade" (the album compiling those aforementioned 7 inches and their cover versions b-sides), "Kennedy", "Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft" from "George Best", "Two Bridges" (their latest single) and even some from the band's alter ego Cinerama.
Finally, it was all over, after they warned us that they never play encores. The guitarist is still wondering however where his beer has gone...
01. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
02. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
03. 524 Fidelio
04. Meet Cute
05. Two Bridges
06. Mars Sparkles Down On Me
07. Runway To Seatac
08. Go, Man, Go
11. I Wake Up Screaming
12. So Long, Baby
13. Blue Eyes
15. It's A Gas
17. My Favourite Dress