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Pokey LaFarge releases single with Jack White's label

Monday, March 7, 2011 – Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will have two songs put out on Jack White's label Third Man Records on vinyl on
Tuesday, March 15.

The songs are Pack It Up and Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County.

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, a St. Louis band playing old time/vaudeville style music, will tour this April and May showcasing songs from the Third Man Records vinyl release, their forthcoming new full-length studio album "Middle of Everywhere" (Free Dirt Records, Release Date: July 19), and from their previous record, "Riverboat Soul." Upon hearing his tracks broadcasted on a Nashville radio station, White invited LaFarge and his the band into the studio to cut two tracks for Third Man's Blue Series (Vinyl 45s). Now devoting his time to successful side-projects and producing stand-out talent via his new indie label, White spent some creative time with Pokey to churn out a two-track vinyl recording.

LaFarge plays everything from jazz, string ragtime, country blue, and western swing. Recorded in Nashville, with production by Phil Harris, "Riverboat Soul" features LaFarge, Ryan Koenig (harmonica, washboard, vocals), Adam Hoskins (guitar and vocals) and Joey Glynn (upright bass and vocals. The album features Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show), Tommy Oliviero (Bawn in the Mash) and Travis Stinson joining in on the fun.

As for the new CD LaFarge said, "Where you live and where you are from is so important in writing music. I take a lot of pride in St. Louis, it's such a great place to be from. With the river, prohibition, St. Louis inventing ragtime, and being the gateway to the west... I guess see St. Louis as being the middle of everywhere. But, to me, the album title is also referring to a state of mind. We travel a lot, so I see it as we'll definitely be passing through your town sometime soon. We are kinda everywhere."

LaFarge, 27, played mandolin with the Virginia-based group the Hackensaw Boys. Following the release of his 2007 debut album, "Marmalade," he landed a main stage slot at top annual roots music bash Pickathon in Portland, Ore. In 2008, he put out his follow-up solo album, "Beat, Move & Shake," on Big Muddy Records.

"The band and I found our sound while recording the new album," said LaFarge. "I truly discovered my voice and refined my songwriting, and I'm very excited for folks far and wide to hear what we have going on."

Tour dates are:
Thursday, March 31 - Vintage Vinyl Records in St. Louis, MO
Friday, April 1 - Off Broadway in St. Louis, MO
Saturday, April 2 - Zanzibar in Louisville, KY
Sunday, April 3 - Noble Tea & Coffee in Noblesville, IN
Sunday, April 3 - The Bishop in Bloomington, IN
Monday, April 4 - Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY
Tuesday, April 5 - Green Lantern Bar in Lexington, KY
Wednesday, April 6 - Thunderbird Café in Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, April 7 - Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY
Friday, April 8 - Rodeo Bar in New York, NY
Tuesday, April 12 - IOTA Club And Café in Arlington, VA
Wednesday, April 13 - The Camel in Richmond, VA
Thursday, April 14 - The Taphouse in Hampton, VA
Friday, April 15 - California Café in Carlisle, PA
Saturday, April 16 - "Acoustic Brew Concert Series" at Center for Well Being in Lemont, PA
Sunday, April 17 - House Concert in Camp Hill, PA
Monday, April 18 - Casa Cantina in Athens, OH
Tuesday, April 19 - Southgate House in Newport, KY
Wednesday, April 20 - Loveless Cafe- Music City Roots on WSM in Nashville
Thursday, April 21 - fooBAR.too in Nashville, TN
Friday, April 22 - Morelock's Music in Knoxville, TN
Thursday, May 12 - Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 14 - Hangar 9 in Carbondale, IL

CD reviews for Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

Middle of Everywhere CD review - Middle of Everywhere
"Americana" is one of those semi-meaningless genre labels that gets slapped on anything with an acoustic instrument that can't be called country, folk or blues outright, it seems; the music of Pokey LaFarge is one of the few instances of it actually being an appropriate tag. What's more American than a performer who combines the tones, tunes, and timbre of Jimmie Rodgers, Emmett Miller, Charlie Patton, Bob Wills and Al Jolson into a swinging approximation of all of those early »»»
Riverboat Soul CD review - Riverboat Soul
Pokey LaFarge is a voice from America's past. The young singer/songwriter from St. Louis offers a modern take on traditional string band music that is rooted in the muddy banks of the Mississippi River on his new album. It's nearly impossible to accurately describe or classify LaFarge's music, so just imagine throwing acoustic blues, ragtime, old time string band, folk, swing and traditional New Orleans Jazz into one big blender and hitting the mix button. This might give you some »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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