Tribute to Carbondale music scene of 1960s and ’70s


One of the things I wanted to include in the digital version of “Carbondale After Dark,” but decided would work better as a web page, is a tribute to the golden age of the Carbondale music scene. My goal was to find videos of local bands playing at local venues during that era. I wasn’t always successful, but discovered some incredible audio/video with one or more of those elements. More info on local bands and hangouts in the 1960s and ’70s is in the book, “Carbondale After Dark.” as well as the recently released digital version: “eCAD,”

1964: The Four Taus, “What’d I Say,” at Junior Hatchett’s nightclub in Colp, Illinois. Also: “Kansas City” at the Rumpus Room nightclub in Carbondale, “Crazy College Days” retrospective.

1968: Devil’s Kitchen, “(You’ve Got Your) Head On Right,” San Francisco. More of the band’s music can be found on their website,

1972: Coal Kitchen studio performance with live audience at SIU. Also: Part 2 and Part 3.

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.

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: Dixie Diesels, “Las Vegas.” Also: “Cannonball Rag,” “San Antonio Rose.”

1976: Skid City Blues Band at The Club

1986: Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, live in Louisville, KY.

1987: Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, “I’m Coming Home,” live at SIU Shryock Auditorium. Also: “Sweet Sound of Rhythm and Blues” (1986).

1980s: “Death Wish” by Vision at Shawnee Saltpetre Cave natural amphitheatre. Also: “Hard Time,” “Test Tube Baby,” “Too Much Static” and “There’s a Murder Going On.”

2008: Tawl Paul with Slappin’ Henry Blues, live at PK’s, “(Ain’t It Funny) How Time Slips Away.” Also: “It Ain’t Pretty” A short film about Tawl Paul

2012: Mercy tribute to Joe Liberto at Pinch Penny Pub. Also: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

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.