profile: Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three; the quartet performs at Dave's Aqua Lounge on Saturday

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Pokey wrote on his website that his "influence is deeply rooted in the heroes and misfits of yesterday; the long lost troubadours of country, the kings of swamp-drenched ragtime, and all the legendary blues men of the Cotton Kingdom. The result is a boiling pot of American cultures; a wonderfully fresh and quirky kind of pop music that combines Delta-meets-Appalachia song-writing with a big, big beat."

"Old-time acoustic music is part of what defines this country," Pokey says. "You can feel the people of America in it, there's an identity to the music.  It’s connected to something real."

[image-1]Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three’s third LP., Riverboat Soul will surface in early 2010.

Click here for a few live songs from Daytrotter. Click here for a bunch downloadable mp3's. Click here for their youtube page.  Click here for a few songs off of Riverboat Soul. Visit the band’s myspace page here and website here.

Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three will be playing Dave’s Aqua Lounge in St Petersburg Saturday, December 5, 2009. Check here to see if Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three have any other gigs scheduled near you.

As always, whenever possible, please buy your music from your local independent music store by people who know and love music and not from retailers like Wal-Mart (soulless, globally-homogenizing, community-killers) or i-Tunes (albums should be listened to as an entire composition with album cover and liner notes in hand). Incidentally, these two companies sell more music than any other retailer in the United States. That my friend, bites.

Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three flow like the Mississippi River.

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Twenty-six-year-old Pokey Lafarge learned to play his parlor guitar, guitjo (a guitar-tuned six-string banjo) and kazoo nine years ago. Since then, Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three — Lafarge on vocals, guitar, guitjo, harmonica, and kazoo, Adam "Boss Hoss" Hoskins on guitar and vocals, Joey Glynn on upright bass and vocals, and Ryan "Churchmouse" Koenig on washboard, harmonica and vocals — have been creating folksy, boxcar-riding bluegrass that Robert Johnson would have gladly claimed as his own.

Pokey’s lyrics are more than words strung together that form sentences.  “Writing is the same as thinking, for me,” Pokey said. In fact, much of Pokey’s truly American music incorporates regional history. “My songs are mostly about me; I guess you could say I’m self-involved.”

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