Rockabilly Trio Will 'Get Down' At Denison's Coffee House
Posted: November 9, 2001
LA-Z-Boy and the Recliners will play one of their rare local concert dates at 10 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 18) at the Bandersnatch on the campus of Denison University. The "Walter Mittys of the Denison music department" have a rich musical life to draw upon; this group combines "howling vocals, rock-solid bass lines, mortar shell snare drum hits, and incendiary guitar solos" according to their publicist. They will perform Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, and Truck Driving classics in this coffee house performance, which is free and open to the public.
LA-Z-Boy, on guitar and vocals, has been performing classic American fiddle and violin music for most of his life. He travels the country in a '69 Chevy Nova playing gigs with the Recliners, collecting songs and working odd jobs. He is reportedly working sales at a NAPA auto parts store in Huntington, W.Va., but no one knows for sure. Very little is known about his life, but put a Fender Telecaster in his hands and you no longer care.
Rocket Gibraltar, the newest member of the band, showed up to check out LA-Z-Boy at a gig one night after tiring of the intellectually complex jazz scene. The trio's original bass player didn't show up and Rocket appeared out of the shadows to play the show. He has been the bassist ever since. No one really knows how to contact him; he just mysteriously shows up. Rumor has it that he divides his time working on oil rigs in the Gulf and being a sous chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but this is highly speculative.
Drummer "Tiny" Moeser was embarking upon a brilliant career as a dancer with the "Tristan Shout" Ballet Company in New York City. Following "the tragedy," he was forced to turn to the trucking industry and is now an over-the-road driver for Trans-Am trucking out of Omaha, Neb. "Tiny," who tip-toes in at 280, keeps a drum kit in his rig and re-routes his cargo runs to make all of his dates with LA-Z-Boy.
The Bandersnatch is located on the lower level of Huffman Hall on the east residential quad of Denison'scampus.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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