Sunday, July 7, 2013

Girls, Cars, and Boys with Guitars: Hootenany 2013

Punks, and greasers, and hipsters....OH MY! Saturday saw the 2013 edition of The Hootenany at Oak Canyon Ranch. A creative melange of car show, shopping extravaganza, and music festival, The Hootenany lineup was headlined this year by the inimitable Social Distortion, who were, undeniably, the primary draw. However, in talking with festival goers you got a wide range of responses about who people were most excited to see.

One of the more under-attended musical sets of the day was from The Wheeler Brothers. The Austin based Americana flavored act were making their first visit to the OC, but this amazingly tight act will undoubtedly be back. At festivals like this, where there is so much to see and do, lesser known acts
don't always draw the crowds they deserve. The folks that did catch The Wheeler Brothers did seem to get that they were seeing something special, on the edge of blowing up big. On the circuit this summer in support of their new album GOLD BOOTS GLITTER, this tight-knit act of three brothers and two of their childhood friends, seem destined to be a force in music that Hootenany attendees will look back on fondly. You know a band is on the verge when they are the act that the other musicians in attendance are excited to check out.

Cult act Nashville Pussy were this year's unknown quantity for me. While I'd heard of them, I had never seen or heard the band and must say they were a whole lot of fun. Guitarist Ruyter Suys was absolutely magnetic, as evidenced by all the attention she received from the photographers in the pit. There is something undeniable about a female guitarist that plays with all of the rockstar bravado of any guy.

Speaking of excited to check out, while they got off to a rocky start with some guitar issues, The Old
97's turned in a blistering set that had everybody worshipping at the feet of guitar god extraordinaire Rhett Miller. While they have never achieved the mainstream success that they so richly deserve, The Old 97's are a cult favorite among musicians and music press, and received a very warm reception from a quite large crowd, garnering a new following from the large percentage of the crowd who initially were unfamiliar with the band.

While his brother Chris played the side-stage last year with his band Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants, this year saw Scott Shiflett take the main stage with Face to Face. One of the primary draws this year, Face to Face played a blistering set to an extremely enthusiastic crowd who were happily moshing despite the heat, turning the scene into a sort of grown up version of Warped Tour.

The final set of the day of course belonged to the OG Orange County punks, Social Distortion. Social Distortion have been touring and recording for 35 years now (let that sink in for a second), and to this day are revered for their great live act. Those in attendance last year may recall that Jonny played the main stage with his solo material, but this year he took the stage alongside Mike Ness to deliver samples of Social D's much loved and so massive repertoire.

 FACE TO FACE
 MURDER BY DEATH
 MURDER BY DEATH
 NASHVILLE PUSSY
 NASHVILLE PUSSY
 OLD 97'S
 OLD 97'S
 SOCIAL DISTORTION
 SOCIAL DISTORTION
THE WHEELER BROTHERS
THE WHEELER BROTHERS

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