Trip down memory lane with this amazing collection of audio and video from the primo days of the Carbondale music scene in the 1960s and ’70s. Includes a 1964 performance at Junior Hatchett’s in Colp by the Four Taus; Devil’s Kitchen playing in San Francisco (1968); Shawn Colvin rehearsing with friends outside Carbondale (1975); Pontiac Jones live at Kilo’s roadhouse (1975); Skid City Blues Band at The Club (1976); Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows in Shryock Auditorium singing about Mary Lou’s (1987); and other gems.
1967: HixOil. “I’m a Man, recorded live at the 12-20 Club in Carterville, Illinois. Also: “I See the Light.”
1968-69: Devil’s Kitchen, “Devil’s Kitchen,” full album.
1974: Pontiac Jones, St. James Infirmary Blues. At Ruby Gulch in Champaign. Vocals, Tawl Paul Frederick; guitar, Pete Special and Mike Potter; bass, Dean Milano; sax, Terry Ogolini; drums, Russ Ward.
1975: Pontiac Jones, “Help Me Baby,” recorded at Kilo’s in Murphysboro. Also: “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (1973, live at Shryock Auditorium at SIU-C), “Deep in the Muddy,” (1973, Shryock Auditorium, before a Leo Kotke concert), Nothin’ New, Don’t Do It.
1975: Shawn Colvin, Jim Bruno and Dennis Conroy perform Joni Mitchell’s “Cactus Tree,” recorded by Alfredo Jahn in his living room at Wides Village outside Carbondale, Illinois. Photos from gig at Giant City State Park. Also: All Along the Watchtower, You Got Me, Can’t Find My Way Home, One Child.
1976: Skid City Blues Band at The Club
1979: Big Larry and the Ladykillers, live at Silverball, Carbondale, Illinois. Martin “Big Larry”Allbritton – Lead Vocal; David Mick – Lead Guitar; Sean Casey – Ry.Guitar; Mike Ridgway-Trumpet; Chris Bernhart – Drums; Woots Wooters – Bass Guitar
1982: Dr. Bombay, live at Park West, Chicago.
1987: Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, “I’m Coming Home,” live at SIU Shryock Auditorium. Also: “Sweet Sound of Rhythm and Blues” (1986).
2008: Tawl Paul with Slappin’ Henry Blue, live at PK’s, “(Ain’t It Funny) How Time Slips Away.” Vocals, Tawl Paul Frederick; guitar, Bill Carter; bass, T. Thomas; drums, Charlie Morrill. Also: “It Ain’t Pretty” A short film about Tawl Paul
2012: James Armstrong with Big Larry, “Sweet Home Chicago,” Sunset Concert outside Shryock Auditorium. Also: “Big Larry: The Last Blues Singer,” Big Larry with the Ivas John Band (2010), Kinsey Report & Big Larry at Sunset Concert (2011).
2014: Skid City Blues Band reunion at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, Ill.
Martin Randell “Big Larry” Allbritton Sr. (1937-2017)
2017: One of Big Larry’s last performances, at benefit show to pay hospital costs.
Hangar 9, Carbondale, 06/26/17, Part 1.