Filed by M. Trevor Higgins
With most of my work and free time spent on keeping track of Chattanooga’s music scene, I travel less for music since I started here. Last Friday was an exception, as I caught a free Ben Folds show in Knoxville. It was rejuvenating and spectacular.
For example: Towards the end of his set Ben began a story about his drive to the venue. A taxi cab picked him up. The driver worked his pedals with his left foot, and drove with his left hand. His right hand and foot were occupied with a hi-hat cymbal riding shotgun. When asked, the driver gave his name as “Hi-Hat Man.” Ben got his phone number, and Hi-Hat Man played the cymbal with the band during “Zak and Sara.” It was wonderful and bizarre.
In semi-related news, the new Pearl Jam is out tomorrow, despite hideous cover art. Early reviews and my quickie listen say: Pick it up. And while you’re out, you may want to snag Gnarls Barkley, which already tore up the Brit charts, and Neil Young’s politically angry “Living With War.”
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