Wednesday, October 13, 2021

First Rule of the Peppermill: Don't Bring Pepper

Fresh out of a glorious and also at the same time ignominious weekend in the glamorous confines of Little Rock, Arkansas -- We are back at it again this week for a little residency at the Peppermill in Reno, Nevada...

PCB at the Terrace Lounge
October 14, 15, 16 from 7pm to midnight. Free!
2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502

See ya there!?

We'll be back in LA at the Cinema Bar on 10/22 & the Farmer's Market on 3rd & Fairfax on 10/23

PCB is here for all your rock n' roll wants & needs.

Some recent highlights from our travels...

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Paul Chesne at White Water Tavern Saturday night

BY Stephen Koch
October 7, 202112:01 pm

Paul Chesne

"What doesn’t kill the legendary bar – fires, pandemic closures, ownership changes – just seems to make it stronger. After a lengthy hiatus, White Water has come back with a vengeance under Travis Hill. The calendar’s been robust, with blues jams, shows from Rachel Ammons and Bonnie Montgomery and Lightnin Malcolm and Jimbo Mathus, punk rock bills, karaoke happy hours and the farmers market every Saturday. But here’s one for the upcoming weekend: the energetic yet literate songs of Paul Chesne. Most Dwight Yoakam band members first cycled through the Paul Chesne Band – including Mitch Marine, longtime Yoakam bandleader who’s also produced Chesne – although you wouldn’t call Chesne country. He’s worked with the Webb Sisters, who were backing vocalists for Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty, but Chesne’s not much of a singer-songwriter type.

However, he draws on all this, adding in liquor, aggression, and humor – blurring the lines of genre, the lines between performer and audience, as well as the lines between the ditches. In the 1970s, they would have called it Outlaw Country, but Chesne’s bringing more than that to the table, a table on which he may also dance: “I would describe the vibe at a PCB show as a bunch of people making out, people falling on the stage, sometimes we get heckled; it’s a good time.” In notices for a 2009 show with late Little Rock conga player Joe Cripps, Chesne was described as “like Dr. Dre meets Johnny Cash.” If the through line here is extreme songcraft coupled with unpredictable performance, there are less apt comparisons.

$10. Doors open at 9 p.m. following a private function.

Stephen Koch
Stephen Koch is an award-winning journalist in both broadcasting and print. Author of "Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B," he's also writer/host of “Arkansongs,” heard on public radio stations all across Arkansas, in east Texas and Louisiana.

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