Southern Culture on the Skids played at The Observatory in Santa Ana on Friday and the show was as fun as you'd expect. I arrived just as Mary Simmons was finishing her set. She has a real old-time country sound and a voice that was made to sing classic country songs.
He's My Brother, She's My Sister was a pleasant surprise. The first thing I noticed about this band is the drummer, who stands on a drum as she plays. The thing is, she doesn't just stand on that drum. If you watch her, you'll notice her movements are pretty precise. If you're close enough to the stage to notice her shoes, you'll see she's wearing tap shoes. That's right. She tapdances on a drum as she plays.
Southern Culture on the Skids rounded out the evening and certainly did not disappoint. For nearly two hours, the band played a mix of its classic songs and some newer ones. Rick Miller showed that he is not only an amazing guitarist, but quite a showman. Mary and Dave showed once again that they compose one of the most entertaining rhythm sections you'll ever find. The only disappointment in this set was that the band did not get to throw out the contents of its eight piece box. Why is that? Well, Rick was gracious enough to invite some ladies to dance on the stage for "Camel Walk." One of those ladies picked up the box, opened it, and started flinging the pieces of chicken into the crowd despite the protestations of other ladies who told her that it needed to be saved for the song "Eight Piece Box."
In case you were unable to make the show on Friday, here is a sample of what you missed.