Description of Pokey Lafarge's Music:
Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three Lineup:
Joey Glynn - upright bass, vocals
Adam Hoskins - guitar, vocals
Ryan Koenig - harmonica, washboard, snare drum, vocals
Recommended Pokey Lafarge CDs:
Middle of Everywhere (Continental Song City, 2011) compare prices
Purchase/Download Pokey Lafarge MP3s:
"So Long Honeybee, Goodbye" (from Middle of Everywhere)
"Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight" (from Middle of Everywhere)
Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three Biography:
Since self-releasing his debut album Marmalade (purchase/download) in 2007, Pokey Lafarge has solidified his sound stamp, pulling from each of the aforementioned traditions to create a tone which is at once old timey and terrifically contemporary. Fans and critics alike have found some level of certain familiarity in his work, despite the fact that Lafarge and his band – the South City Three – steer clear of falling into the trap of being an old timey covers band. Where other string bands of their aesthetic may find it simple, entertaining, and provocative to be a revival band – digging deep into the annals of American folk music history to breathe new life into forgotten songs about work and life in general – Lafarge prefers to create new material which honors tradition while remaining firmly footed in the present day.
The result is music which often toys with said tradition. The first song which could be considered one of Lafarge’s great "hits," for example is an unapologetically happy blues tune from his sophomore album Riverboat Soul called "La La Blues" ("I'm so happy, got me singin' la la la"). Where other songs ("Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight," "So Long Honeybee, Goodbye") tackle themes ever-present in this style of Americana music, Lafarge and his backing trio have found a way to keep them relevant.
It's this level of artistic prowess which has scored Lafarge mainstage slots at Americana and folk music festivals around the country. Portland’s Pickathon Roots Music Festival was the first, most notable festival to jump on that bandwagon after Lafarge’s debut album appeared. In 2011, after playing a couple of dates with Jack White’s Raconteurs, Lafarge and the South City Three have been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and are scheduled to appear at the 2011 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Fans looking to follow Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three on tour throughout 2011 and beyond can find ongoing tour dates at his website.