LIVE: The subdudes @ The Egg, 11/20/10

November 24th, 2010, 2:00 pm by Sara
The subdudes

The subdudes

As always, timing is everything. The subdudes have stopped over at the Egg five times in five years, but other obligations kept me from checking them out. So when I finally got the chance last weekend to see the New Orleans roots-rock quintet, it turns out this tour will be their last one for a while, as they plan to take a hiatus from the road. On the plus side, at least I got to see the magic the one-time backup band has been weaving for 20 years; the minus is that they’re so much fun in concert, I want them back here extra soon – like, say, next weekend!

I saw lots of guitars on the spare stage set when I walked into the Swyer, but no drum kit. That’s because the subdudes don’t have a drummer per se: Percussion duties are split between Tim Cook and Steve Amedée, and Cook plays bass half the time. But don’t feel sorry for Amedée, because – as I found out on the hopping opening number “One Time” – the beret-wearing beatbox does more with a tambourine and a microphone than most drummers can manage with a kit befitting Tommy Lee. Amedée’s also part of a dizzying four-part harmony sound filled with equal parts of country, R&B and gospel. There was an a cappella break during “No Man” when I swear I was listening to the Oak Ridge Boys!

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