Slim Milkie’s Silverado is full of cocksure swagger
by Gregory Adams Georgia Straight Feb. 17, 2010
Silverado (Bearwood Music)
It’s a good thing Slim Milkie’s a Chevy man. Considering Toyota’s latest batch of recalls, had the rootin’ tootin’ Roberts Creek native invested in a 2010 Highlander, instead of his trusty pickup, he probably wouldn’t be pulling the kinds of cowgirls he does on his debut disc’s title cut.
Bursting out the gates atop speedy steel guitars and one-two polka beats, the motor-mouthed country boy’s cocksure swagger guarantees he’ll be looking under the hood of a hot body by song’s end. “I’ll have her purring good,” he warbles in one of the track’s multiple double-entendres.
Focusing on an old-school honky-tonk approach, Silverado thrives in trashy dive bars rather than the glitzy stadium shows of today’s new-country superstars. The saloon shuffler “$20.50″, for instance, takes the tear-in-your-beer route as Milkie erases a dame from his dome by pounding back bottles of Bud and fingering a plate of spicy chicken wings.
Just as he surrounds himself with fast women and even faster vehicles, the musician surrounds himself with an all-star cast of collaborators. Guitarist Tim Hearsay’s southern-tinged slide work on the salacious album highlight “Tijuana Lady” takes the band down Mexico way with glorious results.
Perhaps the most surprising contributor on Silverado is Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who adds tuba to “She Believes Her Own Lies”. Bringing to mind the A&W Root Bear’s theme song, Robertson’s gentle melody softens a tale of heartbroken woe which includes lines like “I’ll miss her eyes and think of better days”. On the bright side, with Silverado hinting that Milkie spends much of his time picking up strangers at the bar, it’s just a matter of time before the country crooner finds another bed to keep his cowboy boots under.
Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist Joe Stanton, will be performing 2 shows in Victoria and 1 show in Duncan this January. Joe and bassist from ” The Precious littles” , Gerry Millar will be playing tunes from their most recent CD, “Sometimes you win”, as well as songs from Joe’s precious recordings in a totally acoustic show at The Victoria Folk Music Society on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave. The show starts at 7:30 with an open stage. Saturday Jan . 9Joe will be performing solo atthe Black Stilt coffee lounge, 103 – 1633 Hillside Ave. show starts at 7:30. And Monday Jan. 11th, Joe returns to the Duncan Garage showroom, for one night 201-330 Duncan Street Duncan, complete with Longevity John’s Finger Snappin’, Toe Tappin’ Money Back Guarantee…
“…if you do not like the music within the first 1/2 hour, come talk to me and your money will gladly be refunded.BUT …should I, or any of my spotters, take note that you were seen snapping your fingers, tapping your toes or making any of those absurd air band facial contortions, then the guarantee will become null and void, thank you.”
The Georgia Straight & BFD Presents…
+ special guests…
SLIM MILKIE + JORDAN DOELL
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
The Shark Club – 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Or buy them from Slim
DOORS 9pm - SHOW 10pm
Georgia Strait – June 11, 2009
The Precious Littles keep their country traditional on Sometimes You Win
Sometimes You Win (Bearwood Music)
You’ll never catch them on CMT or JR Country, but the Precious Littles can knock pretty much any bunch of new-country jarheads into a cocked Stetson. The Sunshine Coast five-piece provides yet more confirmation that, sadly, the best roots music lives in the margins. Headed by songwriter, vocalist, and picker Joe Stanton, the Precious Littles keep things trad in the manner of John Hiatt, placing songcraft, crisp production (by Ray Fulber, with guitarist Simon Paradis), and precise musicianship ahead of the drawling gimmickry and Nashville mimicry of too many Canadian country artists (who usually come from Alberta).
In other words, the Precious Littles are proudly old school, ’70s-style, and not in the through-punk-darkly manner of the average alt-country outfit, either. This is straight-up stuff, from Stanton’s lived-in vocals to Tom Neville’s fiddle-playing to Jay Johnson’s simple yet graceful backbeat. Guitars get a little distorted in the slightly grittier “Sleeping Dogs”, but tracks like the swinging “Cheatin’ Train” wouldn’t sound out of place on a Commander Cody album, and “99 Days” might have dripped off Merle Haggard’s yellow-brown chin beard, back in the day.
“Sometimes You Win” is beginning to receive the national attention it deserves on radio stations across Canada and has been added to more than 10 playlists across Canada. The album is charting in Southern Alberta.
The Precious Littles recently played a cd release show in Sechelt, BC and were thrilled to have guitarist Simon Paradis playing – Simon was seriously injured in a fall last year but was able to come out and play, to the joy of his many local fans.