Written by Eddie Ferranti
Nov 27, 2007 at 08:00 PM
ImageHad the chance to catch up with Randy Weeks at the always reliable Mucky Duck recently. Back in the Spring, I stumbled onto this dude when he was playing for freakin’ free outside the Crighton Theater in Conroe. Richard Thompson was the main act that evening, but boy was I glad I caught this guy. Found out from Little Eric Danheim that they would be playing at the Corner Pub afterwards. If you do not know Eric, he’s been burnin’ it up under the radar with the Hollisters for years. Bad ass axe man folks.

To boot, Randy had Jack Saunders plucking the bass.

That gig made me very anxious to catch this Duck show for sure. And when THEE same line up hit the stage I was pumped in the front row. From the opening “Baby Got to Choose” it was sweet. Randy mixxed tunes from all three of his albums this evening. Highlights were “Going My Way”, “Motor City”, “The Last DWI” and “Big Man Make the Little Girl Cry” to name a few. This guy’s voice sounds like Tom Petty, Lou Reed and Willie Nelson jumped into a blender. Not a knock for sure friends. I also dug that for the most part Randy let his music and band do the talking. His only snag of the night had nothing to do with the music either. The mike he was using would shock him (“Like a m*ther
f*cker!) everytime his lips hit it! Being the trooper he is, it did not effect the gig at all. His latest album, “Sugarfinger” had some killer cuts this night.

“Sometimes I Don’t Even……”, SUPER killer “Fu Man Chu”, “Looking for a Good Time” and the silky sweet “Rather Go Blind”. Mr. Weeks has endured a few eras in his lifetime since his start in the 80’s with the Lonesome Strangers. It is reflected in his moody tunes which make you want to jam and dance rather than sulk.

The roots rocky, folk hook laden sound has definitely caught the attention of the critics. I always dug the tune “Can’t Let Go” by Lucinda Williams, but on this night I found out it was HIS song. Very cool. Randy just seems like a regular guy, which again is a good thing. His “Transistor Radio” cut is radio ready for sure. This kind of folky soul sound really plays WELL live kids. It appeals to country rock types right up to “hippies’ if you will. You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be catching him some more soon. In fact, I’ve got the Scoot Inn in Austin 12/23 and opening for Joe Ely 12/28 in H-Town circled!! Make an effort to go see this underrated fellow folks…in fact, go out and catch anybody trying to make a living playing live music! Until I see ya out the next time, I’m out…Peace.