In The Den: Ponderosa + Hunter Kuhlmann Solo Set
Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 10:00 PM CDT
- Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA
18 years and over
Hearing Ponderosa’s previous album for the ﬁrst time was a no less illuminating experience if a very diﬀerent one, involving a trampoline, two bottles of rye, and a sack of possum. Another facet of Ponderosa, another method to ascertain its nature. That album, Moonlight Revival, belongs in the Southern rock canon as much as anything by the Crowes or Little Feat, but more crucial is that with it Ponderosa delivered the ﬁrst successful fusion of straight Southern rock and Revolver-era Beatles, utterly seamless and genetically sound, not a Frankenstein. This is the musical equivalent of mapping the genome, drunk, using only a monocle. Impossible, yet Ponderosa demonstrated that “a thing that cannot be done can be accomplished by not-doing it.” And because that sounded more conclusively relevant when it was told to me by a stag with no mouth, let’s add that Ponderosa’s clear m.o. is following its bliss.