Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here's a pick we didn't get in the paper this week that's worth checking out: Sunday night (Feb. 22) at the Thunderbird Cafe, Domino recording artist Benjy Ferree appears along with Tim Fite and Deleon.
DC's Ferree, in his new record, Come Back To the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee, is channelling a boyhood hero, Bobby Driscoll (no relation, so far as we know, to our Bill O'Driscoll), star of Disney's Peter Pan movie. As the story goes, Driscoll was cut loose by Disney when he started growing up, and slipped into a life of drugs, dying homeless and unidentifiable to police at age 31.
In tribute to Driscoll, Ferree put together an album of beautifully produced blues- and R&B-influenced rock that could just as easily have come out of the early '70s. It's interspersed, of course, with interludes of pure weirdness, resulting in a vibe worthy of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie.