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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Hokum Hotshots 50 Not Out! @ Prohibition Bar - September 6

Hokum Hotshots: Peter Mason (guitar, tiple, vocals); Jim Murray (guitar, mandolin, vocals) + Rob Mason (harmonica, vocals) 
(Review by Russell)

Fifty not out! Peter Mason and Jim Murray were celebrating half a century working together as the Hokum Hotshots. The word was Prohibition Bar would be busy...it was! As the doors opened a mad rush ensued to bag a ringside seat. 

Hokum is blues with a smile on its face - that's the Hokum Hotshots' take on the tradition; jugs, blues and old timey as played by the pioneering, largely Mississippi Delta-based, musicians of some one hundred years ago. Hawaiian shirts de rigueur, Messrs Mason and Murray don't take themselves too seriously...maybe one day but don't count on it!   

Surrounded by some serious hardware - Gibsons, Martins, washboard (necktie version) and a tiple (yes, a tiple, look it up!) the hokum held the full house spellbound. Imagine you're jumpin' a freight train, along the way you'll encounter the likes of Woody Guthrie, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Frank Stokes, Casey Bill Weldon, Frank Ferrera (nice Hawaiian shirt!), Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and, this being the Newcastle Central railhead, Jimmie Rodgers.  

Seminole BluesMy Time Ain't LongBig Bill's Blues (as with many tunes of the era titles were, and continue to be, somewhat inexact), the duo's excellent (You Don't Need) No Religion, our duo unearthed some gems to entertain the Friday night (blues dancing at the back) crowd. The hooch flowed, tales were told, some with expletives aimed, by and large, at Mason by Murray then Murray to Mason. Rob Mason, harmonica, joined the boys on a couple of numbers, the duo, then trio, had a ball. They've been doin' it for so long they ain't gonna stop now!   
  
Earlier, Blind Pig Blues Club co-founder Lee Bates opened the evening with a half hour set.

Lee Bates (guitar, vocals)

Amiable patter comes easily to Bates and he took a dig at the evening's top of the bill act saying he thought at least one of them - Mason or Murray - was still alive! Delta bluesmen Wille Lee Brown, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Luke Jordan and the spledidly named Hezekiah Jenkins were aboard Bates' Mississippi-bound freight train. 

Church Bells Blues (comp L Jordan) rang out, superb. The Panic is On (comp H Jenkins) from 1931 drew a parallel with today's 'state of the nation' (Bates could scarcely conceal his contempt!), Irving Berlin's My Walking Stick, Bates' acoustic guitar and vocals were interspersed with anecdotes, not least about first hearing the Houm Hotshots when his father took him along to a gig way back when. Lee Bates knew the evening wasn't about him, it was all about Peter Mason and Jim Murray.   
Russell

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