|Between Bill & Libby
gigs, Bill Hicks solos his original songs, accompanied not by his legendary
fiddle, but by both electric and acoustic guitars. (Old-timers, hold
your snow cones.) One night he entertained the crowd at The Cave
in Chapel Hill while over on the side, Rick Ramirez of Temple Ball Productions
had set up his equipment to record. The result - Bill's solo CD The
Perfect Gig - can be yours. Write
Bill for info.
November 14, 2001
(recording The Perfect Gig)
|The last time
I caught a Bill Hicks solo gig, he divided his show into songs about wars
and women. In Bill’s
latest set list, the women still have their place in the sweet
“Polar Bears” and the new-old-fashioned “By
Half.” “Her 50th" isn’t as old
as it used to be. Bill draws his listeners into the power of his
lyrics with “Were They Happy” (or just smiling?)
and “Rain Day” contrasting “be leaving you” with “believe in you.” “Senorita
de la Launderia” segues into Bill's version of beach music.
Who was that "S.O.B. in the Carvel Truck"?
"Beguiled" wanders the french curves of the ocean.
“Wet July” and “Noir Bubble” are sassy
and jazz-flavored while “Water Lights” dreams
and shines in the night.
Bill’s war songs have worked
their way into performances with wife Libby. Replacing them, he has
written a fine collection of “bar” songs. Rambler fans remember Bill’s
response to the request to “Play ‘Rocky Top’”
back on Chuckin’ the Frizz, and the snappy solo version here is
delightful. “Exposure” will pay the
band, right? Two from the B&L CD South of Nowhere, “Island
Rockers” finds your ex in the bar, and “Uncle Charlie’s
Revenge” sips the ‘simmon punch. The witty “Last
Call” combines millennium fears with reincarnation. Bill’s
shows are a “Perfect Gig” - philosophy and
drunks trained by hand - with coffee on the patio for four. Sophocles,
February 3, 2010