Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business 5th Anniverary Show Tuesday Night at the Hole In the Wall
The gleeful irreverence of Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business sort of smacks you in the face like a random wet towel. That’s the main ingredient of the rag-tag magic that happens whenever they play. If you’re expecting the usual bluegrass string soiree, you’re in for quite a shock. And that is a mighty fine thing.
Guitarist Clyde Clowe and mandolin player Clem Cowan thought it’d be a swell idea to cultivate some madness through making bluegrass pushed to a boiling point. Although, come to think of it, “cultivate” is too genteel a word for these maniacal musical dudes who don’t give a damn. More like “induce” or “unleash.” In any case, this led to the birth of Clyde and Clem’s ever-daemonic Whiskey Business, giving an entirely different (and more demented) meaning to the idea of string bands. Everything was fair game. No one was safe. And they were pulling some of the wildest, craziest and most enjoyable performances around. Even now, you realize it ain’t your granddaddy’s bluegrass, or your local hipster roots-music review, but something that swaggers about on its own two feet in a whiskey-soaked haze to bring the house down.
Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business is celebrating five years of frightening the locals with a special 5th anniversary show Tuesday night at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. They’ve got their partners-in-crime on the bill: East Cameron Folkcore and The Bread. The music starts around 10 p.m. Experience the chaos. Recommended.