Gator Lake Road (Bark, self-titled, 2015)
In January of last year, Susan took an interest in playing the drums. TL3 drummer Chris Bratta showed her a few things, wrote her some practice charts, and encouraged her to go for it.
Within a couple weeks, I could hear her in the basement playing along with Creedence Clearwater Revival records. It was impressive.
Playing any musical instrument is a lot more fun when given a context, i.e. playing with other humans, so after a while I joined in.
Taking our cues from heroes like Tony Joe White, the Gun Club, R.L Burnside, and the Cramps, as well as Knoxville friends such as Big Bad Oven and Daddy Don’t, our duo thing took shape pretty quickly, especially after I procured a Bass VI (basically a six-string guitar that is tuned a whole octave lower than standard).
We had some ideas for songs, found our groove, Susan dubbed it Bark, and in June our little side project made its debut at the Pilot Light opening for Wreckless Eric.
Since then, we’ve played several shows in and out of town, written more songs, and recorded an eight-song EP that is now available as a premium when you pre-order the TL3’s “33-1/3″ LP or CD.
Today’s Friday Freeload features “Gator Lake Road,” a song from that EP, which we recorded live with our friends John Harvey and Mary Podio at Top Hat East here in Knoxville. (Did I mention that Susan sings while she’s drumming? Yeah, that’s live too on this recording.)
Oh yeah, Gator Lake Road is a real place.
“Gator Lake Road” is from the 8-song self-titled EP Bark, part of the premiums for pre-ordering the Tim Lee 3 new release, “33.1/3″ … go here: igg.me/p/1027049/x/1825679
Bark can be found online at www.bark-loud.com and www.facebook.com/Bark.Bark.Loud