Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Also, Billy Midnight will be playing a show at the Ruby Room with Rookie Card on Saturday, April 14. More to come about this show. Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
When he liked something, I did it more, when he was tired of what I was doing, I changed it up. At this point I had never seen Kenton's movie, I asked him a few questions like, "Do you want happy or sad? Fast or slow?" And from there, I played... for two hours. I have now seen the movie, and I am impressed with how Kenton worked my blind musings into the flow of his movie.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Just a reminder to cruise out to our upcoming show on Monday night.
January 17, 2011 - 8pm
THE CASBAH presents
Billy Midnight with Rookie Card
Celebrating Wilco's A.M.
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21 UP • Cheap cover
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2501 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
This will be a special show! Adam Gimble, from Rookie Card, has put together a huge ensemble of San Diego musicians to perform a rotating doors version of WILCO'S A.M. (Start to finish!). Billy and Bobby will be playing on three of the 13 tunes. PLUS, Billy Midnight will be opening the show with a 45 minute set of scorching country, rock and boogie! We'll go on early, being that it's a Monday - seriously folks - 8pm. If yer an old school Billy Midnight fan who's always like, "Man, they go on too late. I've got to wake up at 8am for my job at the screen printing shop" - then this is the show for you. Midnight in a rare early performance!
If you've never heard Wilco's A.M., do yourself a favor and pick it up before Monday. As most of you know, back in the day, Jeff Tweedy and his band helped spearhead the mid-90s alt-country movement with this fabulous nugget of twangy, scratchy pop songs. This album is very dear to everyone in our band. We're honored and stoked to be part of this show.
See you at the show!
The Boys In Billy Midnight
Billy, Bobby, Jason and Ben
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
-Adam Gimbel (San Diego City Beat)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
By Frank Thaheld
originally published on: www.sandiego.com
I just can’t get enough of this movement that returns us to our americana roots. Whether it is just the honest song writing or the feel of a blues backbeat that gets me swinging, I’ll never truly know. After much pestering by a good friend, I finally went to see Billy Midnight play a show. These boys have ten years of playing and song writing credit in this town, and I am finally catching on? What rock have I been hiding under.
‘Twas a mild spring evening at The Ould Sod on Adams Avenue that I became enchanted. I walked in to find a medium crowd assembled around the band as they were starting their second set which lasted an hour and a half or so. My buddy had saved me a cozy seat near the stage and filled me in on the first set antics. Apparently the first set consisted of mostly alternative tunes, but this was to be the treat. I looked up to see a four piece of casually clad fellows. The basic four-piece consisting of brothers Billy Shaddox on guitar and vocals, and Bobby Shaddox on drums and vocals. They were rounded out by Jason Hee on bass who used to play with Rookie Card and The Buzzkill Romantics. I did not get any info on the other guitar player who seemed to be a newcomer, but had agile fingers.
Billy and Bobby started up the band in 1999 and it has seen several musicians coming and going through the doors, with the brothers always remaining the heartbeat. Through their ten year career, thus far, they have two recordings and been awarded with San Diego Music Awards, coveted, best americana and country music accolade. This coming after a two year hiatus for the band when Billy had a traumatic head injury while on tour in Oregon. Poised and ready to fulfill their conquest, I was seeing pleasure ooze out of every pore from these able musicians.
Someone screamed on the microphone, “Y’all like to honkey tonk!” and the band played a great bluesy number which showcased Jason’s apparent baritone, singing, “Las Vegas ain’t no place for a poor boy like me”. Bobby was chiming in with some great harmonies and keeping the beat tight. The next song brought to mind the band Big Star, of which I have always been a fan. “This is how you blow my mind”, the crowd was into it and there were several couples dancing around the small stage.
Bobby also fronts local act Bobby Fantasy. It seems their is a lot of heritage and love on this stage tonight. The rose lady comes by and pitches us to buy a rose and I decline, as my only friend present is male. Wearing a short skirt, ala The Flintstones, she rambled on to find some cooing lovers. This only made me enjoy the show more as the drummer took the lead on “Ain’t No Foolin’” which resembled a love child between Jamiroquai and Billy Squier. Awesome.
Some girl, named Nicole, asked for “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen and actually got on a mic to help prime the band on the lyrics. They ably took over and I believe Bobby created his own lyrics on the second verse which was semi charming, but they finished it well and to great applause. I doubt anyone one noticed the missing verse amongst their Guinesses.
The show stopper was a 20 minute revival piece. This featured Seventh Day Buskers front man, Shawn P. Rohlf on Harmonica. He had his own special microphone for the occasion and they were up and running in seconds. The harp playing tickled my cochlea and inspired my soul. They dedicated this number to John The Baptist and played into the night. This song also featured a dueling harmonica solo between Billy and Shawn, priceless. The breakdown of this epic piece included a mantra of “Holy Moses, come down from the mountain”. I thought that if he had heard this rendition he might indeed come striding in at any moment.
Thinking this was not to be bettered, I thought I might leave on a high note. As I was preparing my exodus, there was some talk about animal sacrifice and how there are too many animals on this planet, so we should all reduce our carbon imprint. How could I go? This just started getting weirder. I stuck around for another 3 songs and was happy I did as they broke into a favorite Rolling Stones song, “Dead Flowers”. Singing along only got me wishing I was back on stage and living the dream with these guys.
Make sure to pick up their latest CD, “Don’t Get Your Hopes Up”. But I feel the true magic of this group exists in their live show. Don’t wait as long as I did to discover Billy Midnight and maybe I will see you at the next gig. Care to dance?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Our good buddy, Buzzy, captured a very special morning session at the top of Mount Helix. Check it out.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Wow! What a great time. Sitting behind the drums allows me to watch the evening's events unfold from a prime location. I watch Billy and Jason as they rollick through our songs and I survey the smiling, grinning and sometimes buzzed faces of the crowd. Tonight was great for crowd watching. The girl in the Transformers shirt (who nearly got in a fight with my girlfriend as she knocked her onto the stage) was about as insane as they come at a Billy Midnight show. She was 100% incoherent and took the mic between songs to announce that she "Warntsss tooooo rockhkh!" Throughout the 10+ years that we've toured the dive bars of San Diego we've shared the stage with some really peculiar folks. She's at the top of this list. BTW: There was no fight between Sarah and this girl who people started calling "Jenna." However, if there was, Sarah would have won the match - no contest. Dude, seeing your girlfriend win in a cat fight must be so rad!
My favorite part of the evening was performing our new stuff. We spent nearly 2 hours yesterday reworking "Welcome To Gemini" and it was exhilarating to pull it off almost flawlessly in front of a live audience. The 80s disco-nova feel of the song feels fresh in the midst of our other songs. Jason's pulsing bassline locks so nicely with the drums. I can't wait refine this song in the coming months. We're already talking about recording our next CD and this will be one of my favorites on it. Also, "Blow My Mind" was a blast. Finally, a song that calls for a post-punky tom tom beat. Billy's Kinksesque riffage and guitar solo were off the hook. When he first played this number in front of Jason and I last week on an acoustic guitar we immediately knew it was going to be a new favorite.
I'm glad Benny (guitarist from The Barnacles) got to join us for the blistering end of the show. The Spiders/U.S. of Mongolia was raucous and demonic! I'm glad my bandmates allow me to live out my Ronnie James Dio fantasies from time to time. Thanks to all of the those in the crowd who sang along with the "Are you the one who controls the spider" chant. That was an all-time high for me in the realm of crowd participation. I can imagine playing stadiums in Japan someday and hearing thousands of rabid fans exchanging a call and response with me on this song. It would be like "I Want You to Want Me" where you can hear the audience replying "crying, crying, crying." I can imagine the translation from English to Japanese might create some curious meaning for the song. Japan will ROCK!
Until then, we love playing the Alibi. The energy's always good. The folks treat us well. Looks like there's another show in the works for June. Hope we see ya'll at the next one.
2:25 a.m. Time for some shut eye.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We're soliciting help to promote our upcoming shows. If you're interested in helping us spread the word, we'll send you a packet of posters (plus some CDs, shirts and stickers for helping out). The flyers are not show/date specific. You can add the date and venue when the show approaches.
We're currently looking for folks in San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, Sacramento and Tucson.
Please comment here if you're interested!
Bobby (the drummer)