Hillbilly jive at Big Wood Bread
By HANS IBOLD
Express Staff Writer
Coconuts, a ukelele, a tuba, a tenor banjo, bones, a tenor sax and
homemade turntables are among a few of the instruments that can turn up when musicians Ben
Weaver and Paul Dandy take to the stage.
Those eclectic instruments reflect the style of music that the duo play,
something they call "hillbilly-jive, honkey-beat blues."
Weaver and Dandy play at Bigwood Breads Northwood Way location
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Weaver and Dandy sound also reflects their boyish enthusiasmthey
both turned 21 recentlyand their respect for early country and blues music.
Weaver, for example, can belt out a blues yodel that harks back to
legendary 1930s yodeler and country music founding father Jimmie Rodgers.
Weaver and Dandy seem to be genuine hillbillies. When theyre not
touring, Dandy lives in rural West Virginia and Weaver lives in a cabin in northern
Dandy, born in New Orleans, quit high school to become a hustler,
according to a press release from the Weaver-Dandy record label, Unit Three Records. He
became a full-time pool player, a cardshark, a pimp and a musician.
Weaver was born in Eugene, Ore., and grew up on the road with his
truck-driving father. Texas roadhouses, Montana brothels, Alabama jukeboxes are influences
for Weavers songwriting, according to the press release.
"Talented little bastards," said Tom Waits after seeing the two
perform live last year.
Weaver and Dandy played about 250 shows last year, including shows in
France, Germany and Japan. The French newspaper Le Monde wrote that the show was
"absolute entertainment, a perfect show."
The Village Voice wrote of a recent Weaver-Dandy show that it was
"the most entertaining show New York has seen in years."