From the desk of in case you missed it - St. Louis ambassadors Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three performed on the annual Jools Holland New Year's Eve special, Hootenanny, to help ring in the New Year.
Actually, Pokey LaFarge rang in the New Year twice -- once on television and once in person. The television performance for BBC Two, taped in advance, ran as scheduled, but in real time LaFarge was in St. Louis that evening. He entertained at The Royale with his vintage 78 RPM records for a special Prohibition themed event held at the South Side neighborhood restaurant and bar.
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three creatively mix the genres of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing into concoction that's infectious. Whether you're a purist who loves old-time American roots music or a newcomer that swears they don't listen to country-style music, LaFarge and company will captivate you with a big swinging beat.
In 2011, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three had quite the exciting year getting their name out to fans around the world all while spreading the good word about the city they call home. The main point of the year came when the group released their sophomore full-length album, Middle of Everywhere. The album received a huge nod when it debuted as a First Listen on the NPR Music site.
However, the group spent 365 days last year promoting itself. Highlights included a a new vinyl single release with Third Man Records (produced by Jack White), a NPR Tiny Desk Concert session in April, a performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July and Pickathon in August, and a Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Playing a tour with over 200 dates around the country and the U.K., the group managed to play various shows around town for the St. Louis fans including at Off Broadway in August and December and celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Folk School of St. Louis. LaFarge even took the time from his busy schedule for some hand written correspondence for a two-part series of interviews for KDHX (Part 1 - Part 2).
Makes you sweat just reading that doesn't it? If last year was any indication, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will conquer the world in 2012.
"Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight"
"La La Blues"