Them Duqaines: “Riding Too Long”
Some might say there’s been a resurgence in two-steppin’, dance floor scuffin’ honky-tonk music here in Austin, and some might say it never went away. Whatever you believe, Austin’s own Them Duqaines are one of this town’s finest purveyors of honky-tonk.
The band is frontman John Beauchamp, guitarist Jeremy Slemenda, bassist Frank E. Martin, fiddler Curtis Thomas and drummer Tim Peterson. Slemenda and Thomas also belong to the speakeasy rockin’, hot jazz hep cats The White Ghost Shivers. Even though Beauchamp is up front, all the band members do a share of writing. Tonight the group is continuing their bi-monthly show at Austin’s newest honky-tonk on the block The White Horse, and on August 4 Them Duqaines are opening for Texas country legend Billy Joe Shaver at his CD release show at Antone’s.
In 2010 Them Duqaines returned after a five-year hiatus to record their full-length album The Duqaines. The record’s lead track is a tune called “Riding Too Long,” and it’s today’s song of the day. At just two-and-a-half minutes, the song is short, but it’s an oh-so-sweet slice of toe-tapping twang. It’s a punchy tune about rambling and playing wherever you can. You feel when they sing “I can’t keep my pockets full between the blondes and all the fools, but I got enough to get me to where I want to be,” it’s not too far from the truth. So head on out to the White Horse tonight, grab a partner and get to dancing!