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Jackrabbit and Mark Pickerel at The Tractor 1.18.2013

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Jackrabbit

I’m finally getting around to posting this.  I was working on a manuscript for a writing contest through pnwa.org and got sidetracked.  We’re not going to as many shows as we’d like, either–trying to cut back a little.  It’s torture for me to miss so many shows; but when we do go, I try to savor each moment.

For our first show of Concert Season 2013, we saw our favorite local band Jackrabbit.  They played at The Tractor, our favorite Ballard venue.  It was a Friday, which always makes it tough to stay the entire night because we have early mornings and long work days.  We try to take a little nap before leaving for the show, but that didn’t happen this time.

In an effort to save some dough, we ate at home, and then shared a snack at Hattie’s Hat, next door to The Tractor.  We then strolled down the sidewalk to a little gelato bar and ordered small scoops of stracciatella and caramel.  We pored over a map of Italy on the wall and wished we were visiting at that moment. 

At The Tractor, our little table was waiting for us.  I swear, people must get a vibe not to touch our table! I think our energy will still be hanging out there long after we’re gone.  We spoke to Tony Fulgham of Jackrabbit briefly, but they were on first.  He was scurrying around, trying to finalize the setlist and helping with equpiment.  He was looking forward to finishing the set and dancing with his wife the rest of the evening.

As usual, Jackrabbit played their little hearts out, and this time added J.B. Kardong on pedal steel for some serious twang.  Aimee Zoe banged away on drums and added gusto to the first song, “I Know”.  My recent favorite, “Fathers and Sons” was up next.  I need to let my own son hear that song and listen to the poignant lyrics about growing up and becoming a man. 

The intro to “Home Alone” a new song that I’m hoping will show up on their future album, went something like this: “This song’s about trying not to be a fuck-up.”

Aimee took the reigns and sang lead on another new song, “One More Time”.  It has a honky-tonk sound that fits nicely in Jackrabbit’s catalog.  “Around The Bend” is dark and bluesy, and got the audience fired up with its Mojo sound, a la Tom Petty.  They finished with “Big Kids” which is another rawkin’ song, and always the perfect closer.

Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands were up next, and the crowd filled in.  Steve Davis, a.k.a. Tine E. Dancer from Brent Amaker and The Rodeo, filled in on electric guitar.  It was hard to put a label on Pickerel’s genre.  Sometimes it had a country twang; somtimes it was more of a surf punk; other times it had a 60’s film noir vibe with dark tones and minor keys, like something from a Tarantino movie.   Overall, they had a pretty cool vibe going on.  Mark’s voice has been compared to “Roy Orbison on sedatives”.  Poor Mark’s beautiful Washburn acoustic guitar was stolen out of his car a couple weeks ago.  Tragic.  I hope he finds it. 

We couldn’t stay for the whole set, and missed Hart Kingsbery’s show entirely.  Just…too…tired.  We were glad we finally got out again, though.

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April 2, 2013 - Posted by | Concert Season 2013, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Jackrabbit, Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, Music, The Tractor Tavern | , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Yay. Welcome back. Looking forward to reading more as you and P have the time and energy.

    Comment by Fannie Cranium | April 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Working on another blog from Friday night’s show at The Triple Door! Lotsa fun.

      Comment by aplscruf | April 2, 2013 | Reply

      • The Triple Door, I love it. Haven’t been there in ages, I love the Wild Ginger. Looking forward to reading your review.

        Comment by Fannie Cranium | April 2, 2013

  2. Wonderful review, great info, really paints a nice story. You and me gotta work on those late nights tho. We can’t keep missing the headliner!

    Comment by Thom | April 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Yep, Friday nights are tough for us! Just happy to get out once in a while, though. Hats off to you, getting out there every weekend!

      Comment by aplscruf | April 3, 2013 | Reply

  3. […] – One of our favorite little bands in Seattle. We kicked off the year seeing them at The Tractor in January.  The threesome kicks ass on stage.  Never a disappointment. They add new songs to the setlist […]

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