As the title might lead you to believe, this post is a brief review of a great Rockabilly trio it was my pleasure to catch at the Rockin' R Bar in Lakewood tonight. However, a more appropriate title for this post might be, "How To Have A Great Time In The Denver Metro Area Without Breaking the Bank."
I had heard of Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts from friends who are regulars at the Skylark downtown, but had never had the opportunity to see them perform. That is, not until tonight, when they played a cozy little bar not too far from my home in Lakewood.
The Rockin' R Bar straddles the border between Denver and Lakewood, just south of the intersection of Jewell and Sheridan - fairly convenient to my residence, which is a nice change from having to drive to Denver for quality entertainment.
Suzannah Harris is all about that bass...
And quality entertainment was what I got from this trio. To be able to hear great interpretations of some of the best rockabilly tunes from the '50's with no cover charge was not just an amazing bargain, it was a special treat.
The trio, fronted by primary vocalist and upright bass player Suzannah Harris (a woman with an incandescent smile if there ever was one), belted out the best of Johnny Cash & Buddy Holly, a bit of KC Douglas, and even a little surf music from the Chantays.
Joe Clark keeping time on the skins
The group was not limited to the '50's with their song selections though, and each member of the group stood in the spotlight for a song or two. Drummer Joe Clark belted out a Creedence classic (always great to see a drummer who can keep the beat while singing lead) and guitarist Tim Wallace shined not only as a rhythm guitarist, but also as an extremely skilled lead guitarist and vocalist.
Tonight I experienced one of the rarest of combos - great entertainment in a great venue at very little cost. If you have the opportunity to see Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts anywhere, I recommend it - and if you have the opportunity to enjoy them at the Rockin' R sometime in the future, I can't recommend it strongly enough.
For the price of a few beers I was able to enjoy a trio of very talented musicians doing justice to some classic songs, without having to jostle through a huge crowd for a good seat or wait in line for a beer - now that is what I call a great night!