Poundcake, Special guest Honey & Buffalo - 6/19
at City Winery Chicago
Poundcake is a cover band. Yuckers.
Hold on, don't give up; it’s not that simple. Poundcake play hits, sure, but they also search far and wide to find songs that you should have heard of as well. The heart of the material is drawn out of the Sun Studios era where rock and country were almost indistinguishable. The songs that Poundcake choose are part of the experience. Songs you love; songs you forgot you loved; and songs you should have been loving, but were too busy wrapped up in yourself to take time out to enjoy. The songs are presented unadorned, by three dudes with three instruments and three voices.
Artists that Poundcake have covered include: Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, the Brothers Louvin and Everley, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, and, well, I think you get the point.
The band is truly a labor of love, and was born when it was suggested by drummer/singer Ethan Eubanks to singer/guitarist Teddy Thompson that he should think about doing a project between album cycles that would keep him off the streets and out of the bars. Bassist/singer Jeff Hill was the natural and only consideration when it came to a bassist, as the three had all just spent the better part of the year touring Thompson's record "A Piece of What You Need". They all share a deep and loving respect for this music that they discovered in their formative years as musicians.
Teddy Thompson is the son of folk legends Linda and Richard Thompson and doesn't need to be reminded of that anymore. He has a banging career as a singer-songwriter, and Google him, he has done things, and blah, blah, blah.
Jeff Hill is one of the best bass players on Kent Avenue between Division and South 11th, and has played with Rufus Wainwright, Shooter Jennings, Marshall Crenshaw, and blah, blah, blah.
Ethan Eubanks is considered by himself and his mother to be an amazing studio drummer, and has played on records by Julianna Hatfield, Joseph Arthur, Crash Test Dummies, and blah, blah, blah.
While Poundcake takes the music part very seriously, the live show is a fun time and showcases the rapport these guys share together. They rip on each other constantly in an uncontrived manner. Ethan and Jeff are sometime employees of Teddy, but, with Poundcake being a band and full democracy, all gloves are off.
Poundcake got its name from a "friend" of the band who, while touring Thompson's record, would bring baked goods, including a poundcake. This “friend” also gave the band other things that friends of bands sometimes give to the bands that they like. Two of the three members of Poundcake received these other non-foodular "gifts". It is a closely guarded secret, though, and, when pressed, any member will say, "It was the other two".
Honey & Buffalo photo credit Jim Newberry