Cherry Poppin Daddies with Yogoman Burning Band

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event Time: 
8:00PM
Cost: 
$12 Advance, $15 Door

On Friday, September 27, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies back to the WOW Hall for a CD Release Party.

White Teeth, Black Thoughts is the sixth studio album for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies; it was released on July 16, 2013 by  Space Age Bachelor Pad Records.  Following the predominant world music slant of 2008's Susquehanna and the 2009 ska album Skaboy JFK, White Teeth, Black Thoughts marks the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' first album since their 1997 compilation Zoot Suit Riot to focus exclusively on swing and jazz music, eschewing the ska, rock and pop influences which typically feature in their sound.  A two-disc "deluxe" version of White Teeth, Black Thoughts was released simultaneously with the main swing album, featuring an additional full-length album of material composed in an "Americana" vein covering rockabilly, country and western swing.

White Teeth, Black Thoughts is the first Daddies studio album since 1994's Rapid City Muscle Car to include cover songs, and the first time the band has recorded songs from the swing era.  While Perry has long been a critic of cover songs and in particular the overuse of covers in swing bands, he explains, "If we do a cover...we do it because we believe people won't recognize it rather than will.  I would want to draw attention to an artist that is historically out there on the cobblestones".  The main album features Louis Jordan's 1939 song "Doug the Jitterbug", Wynonie Harris's 1950 rhythm and blues version of Hank Penny's "Bloodshot Eyes" and Bull Moose Jackson's 1947 "I Want a Bowlegged Woman", while the bonus disc includes a French-language cover of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" and a cover of "Flat Butts and Beer Guts (Or How I Learned to Vomit Standing Up)" by New York cowpunk band the Barnyard Playboys, from their 2000 album Dumbass on a Rampage.

In a June 2013 interview with Parade magazine, Perry briefly mentioned that he was inspired to start writing material for White Teeth, Black Thoughts during the financial crisis of 2007-08 -- drawing a parallel with the Great Depression of the 1930's which prompted him to return to writing swing and jazz music.  In a later interview, Perry  elaborated, calling the album, "an Americana examination of those Bush into Obama years and financial hard times", focusing on an amalgam of the social and political issues of the time, including "Red State anxiety (i.e. Tea Party/Fox News phenomenon), growing class warfare (i.e. Wall Street/hedge fund), American materialist/capitalist values [and] the pain of nostalgia.  I guess I wanted little vignettes and character sketches that would freeze this time period in amber, so to speak."

Initial production on the album began in March 2011 at Gung Ho Studios in the Daddies' hometown of Eugene, Oregon, where all of the band's previous studio albums have been recorded.  Documented through Perry's personal Twitter account, this stage of production lasted throughout most of 2011, with recording lasting into summer, tracking finished by October and mixing taking place over the following months.  These recording sessions marked the debuts of guitarist Bill Marsh and tenor saxophonist Willie Matheis, both of whom joined the Daddies in 2010, as well as trombonist Joe Freuen, who joined the band as their first full-time trombone player.  This would also be the final Daddies album to feature longtime keyboardist Dustin Lanker, who would leave the band in early 2012.

Much like Susquehanna, White Teeth, Black Thoughts features an extensive roster of guest musicians contributing instruments unique to the genres being performed.  Most notably, the album features appearances by Grammy Award-winning accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco on the zydeco-styled song "Tchoupitoulas Congregation", and Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo, a Eugene resident and personal friend of Perry's, on the psychobilly cover "Flat Butts and Beer Guts".  John Fohl, a former member of Dr. John's Lower 911 band and Daddies guitarist from 1990-1992, provided baritone and slide guitar for the western swing track "Peckerheads and Badasses".

On June 20, 2012, the Daddies launched a PledgeMusic campaign accepting fan donations to help complete the final stages of production, reaching 100% on August 14 and continuing to collect further donations into 2013, ultimately raising 133% of its target sum.  Perry announced through a PledgeMusic update on November 16, 2012 that the album and its artwork had been completely finished.

On March 18, 2013, a digital download of the 11-track swing album was released exclusively for contributors to the Daddies' PledgeMusic campaign, while signed physical copies of the single and double-disc CDs were mailed out in the following weeks.  The Daddies eventually confirmed a wide release date of July 16 for both versions of White Teeth, Black Thoughts in April, releasing the album's first single and video, "I Love American Music", on May 15th, and the second, "The Babooch", on July 2.  On July 8, Billboard released a full stream of the swing album on their website.

Having retired from full-time touring after their hiatus in late 2000, the Daddies carried out a short fifteen-city tour in support of White Teeth, Black Thoughts, primarily playing within the West Coast and New England.  In the midst of the tour on July 25, the band appeared on Good Day L.A. performing the song "I Love American Music" in promotion of their show at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood that same evening.

At least five music videos have been filmed in promotion of White Teeth, Black Thoughts, shot by Steve Perry and the Daddies in conjunction with the Bend, Oregon-based production company AMZ Productions.

"I Love American Music", the first single/video off the album, was premiered on The Onion's A.V. Club website on May 15, 2013, while the song was released to iTunes and Spotify on May 20.  In a blog post released the same day, Perry elaborated at length behind the song and the video, noting that it was written as a tribute to the unknown blues musicians he idolized who remained dedicated to their music despite living in poverty and obscurity, while the video reflects how the same dedication affects an musician's family life, describing it as "a Sisyphean struggle with more downs than ups".  The video, directed by Perry and Jesse Locke, humorously depicts Perry at his home, intently composing and singing along to the song while his frustrated wife stands to the sidelines.

On July 2, the album's second video, "The Babooch", was premiered on USA Today.  Again directed by Perry and Locke, the video had a decidedly political tone, featuring the Daddies performing the song while super-imposed over a montage of postcards and stock film, intercut with footage of bourgeoisie luxury and figures including Henry Paulson, Donald Trump and Mitt Romney with news footage of Occupy Wall Street and American homelessness.  Perry described the video as being inspired by "punk rock clip posters", Frank Zappa's 200 Motels and Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, while noting the song was about a Gatsby-esque "one-percenter self-importantly celebrating his success", "the most American character, seduced by luxury but pricked by conscience".

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are Steve Perry (vocals, guitar, washboard), Dan Schmid (bass), Dana Heitman (trumpet), Andy Page (alto sax), Kevin Congleton (drums), Willie Matheis (tenor saxophone), Bill Marsh (lead guitar) and Joe Freuen (trombone).

 

YOGOMAN BURNING BAND

Yogoman hails from the planet Yog, where its inhabitants create ridiculous, quirky, and uninhibited dance moves on the regular.  Yogoman landed in the Pacific Northwest finding a willing human vessel through Washington State's own Jordan Rain, currently a Bellingham restident.  Rain formed Yogoman Burning Band (YBB) in 2006 to fire up the often subdued and dark corner of the USA, lighting up crowds of all-ages and taking it to the streets with their infectious and engaging ska/soul brass band style.   YBB invites their audiences/fans/friends to engage with their music through dance and personal connection. 

YBB has toured with Iron and Wine, collaborated/improvised live with Pato Banton, Junior Reid, Geologic of the Blue Scholars, Winstrong, and many independent M.C.'s and instrumentalists, while sharing the stage with Jamaica's legendary Skatalites, Clinton Fearon (of the Gladiators), Camper Van Beethoven, RJD2, the Cave Singers, Helio Sequence, Dengue Fever and Orgone.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00.