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This Little Underground: A farewell salute to Orlandooom

Kadavar, Mothership, Bloodshot Bill, the Wildtones, J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers

Photo: Photo BY ASHLEY BELANGER, License: N/A



Dallas tourmates Mothership are of nearly identical orientation, except with a more gunning, swaggering style that’s a step closer to fellow Texas titans the Sword. Their brand of true belief rides in on rolling-thunder riffs and on-rails shredding – all of it USDA prime beef. And with total rock & roll showmanship, they took this crowd from unaware viewers to amped devotees by the second song, coming dangerously close to outplaying the headliner.

The last time Montreal’s Bloodshot Bill (April 11, Will’s Pub) played Orlando was back in 2011 when he performed with garage god King Khan and our own local king Khan – Nadeem Khan – as the deliciously named Tandoori Knights. This time, they mostly played separately. Bill threw raw sparks again with a rockabilly and blues cyclone that’s technically tighter than most one-man bands but, spiritually, way further out into the wild.

Nadeem played with the Wildtones, a local trio whose unvarnished, primal-stomp rockabilly is led by dynamic frontman-guitarist Joshua Ramsey. They’re rough – sometimes enough to require a restart to get right – but they shake legs and pass around a whiskey-filled rubber chicken for the audience to enjoy.

After years of reliably regular Orlando appearances with the Legendary Shack Shakers, frontman J.D. Wilkes put us on ice for a while. But this is the second time in less than five months that he’s come to headline with the Dirt Daubers, his current jam with his wife, Jessica, and the band was just as good this time. Then again, it’s the Colonel, a man whose outsized showmanship is so electrifying that he’d be worth paying to see in mime. So maybe this means the love affair with Orlando is back on.

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