Beerland, August 29th
and behold, this is the Holy Grail of Rock n’ Roll.
It's great to see Dexter out and playing again. Dexter has
been a personal friend for years now and I was really starting
to wonder if he was gonna come back with a new album and tour.
His prior band, the Flat Duo Jets, spanned a good ten plus
years (I'm horrible with time frames) and in that time managed
to survive through the 80's and most of the nineties. They
hailed from North Carolina (where Romweber currently resides)
but lived in Athens, Georgia for a brief stint and landed
a spot in the film "Athens, Georgia, Inside Out"
and really had the most memorable performance in the film.
It should be out on DVD soon and Dex says there is gonna be
alot of outtakes of extra footage of him back in his drunken
days. They even managed a last minute spot on David Letterman
back in their heyday and did a tour with the Cramps and are
faves of the Rev. Horton Heat. Most recently Dex has been
stalked by Jack White and received many an e-mail from him
until it finally resulted in an opening slot for The White
Stripes on this last tour.
Point I'm getting at here is this, Dexter Romwebber is one
of the most talented and incredible guitar players you will
ever have the chance to see if you're lucky enough. He's a
force to be reckoned with, especially live.
show this night was great. I have been watching Dex and drummer
Crash Laresh play together for the last two and half years
and after many a different setlists and a few demos it seems
as if the two have found their niche and are starting off
where Duo Jets left off. When you see a Dexter set it's always
an occasion. Him and Crash drove all the way from North Carolina
to Austin for this small four days worth of shows over the
Labor Day weekend. Once he gets started it seems like it's
almost impossible for him to stop. I've seen him go for hours
and it literally took the soundman pulling the plug on the
amp to get him to quit. It's not an ego thing; the guy literally
becomes possessed when he plays. His new album "Chased
by Martians" is a strong confirmation that the next chapter
of Dexterville has begun to write itself.
Dex finally fired up around 12:45 almost the entire Beerland
audience crammed up front for Dexter's brand of Raunch and
Roll. Going in and out of tempo from straight up rocking in
your face rock-a-billy mayhem to ballads that come of as if
Frank Sinatra is crooning in front of Link Wray. One minute
you were up front and stomping your feet and then when he
would go into a ballad you’d grab the closest girl next
to you and pull her in for a dance. The crowd loved it. Dexter
went non-stop past call and I was rocked beyond recognition.
I'm hoping the next time Dex goes out I can hook him up with
a slot on a Wayne “The Train” Hancock bill. That
would be a beautiful thing.