Over two rivers and through the ‘hood to McKeesport town I went last Saturday night. As one newcomer to the city once exclaimed “it looks like Chernobyl!” but timid Pittsburghers should have no fear about making the short trip to this storied town. The Turners Club there is a normally private club complete with bar, banquet room, and duckpin bowling downstairs that has been gaining notoriety for hosting insanely fun shows with incredible line ups.
The crowd was scattered due to the Pens playoff game on multiple HD TVs in the bar area and the free hot dog and nacho bar (with all the fixin’s, even baked beans for those that dared) to the right of the performance area when The Braddock Brothers took the stage. Undeterred, the Pennsyltucky old-timey mountain music quartet expertly rocked their way through a set of both originals and covers. Having been privy to a performance of theirs before I had been eager to see them a second time, with the addition of a new drummer, Zach Velas, and they did not disappoint. My only criticism of the set was that the whole shebang needed to be turned up louder for full effect.
After The Braddock Brothers had warmed up the crowd came the area’s local Rockabilly darlings your Legendary Hucklebucks. The Hucklebucks are truly a force to be reckoned with, a “freight train from hell,” so to speak. Four members strong, their sound could fill a stadium. Only Ted Bundy’s vocals and stage antics could ever compete with their blistering guitar gymnastics and fat bass sound. Always a crowd-pleaser, they had the dance floor packed with jitterbuggers cutting a rug and many a drink was gleefully spilled.
Braving the aftermath was the more than capable Mickey & The SOB’s (that’s Snake Oil Boys for the uninitiated). Established scene veterans, Mickey and crew brought the night to a close with their honed Honky-tonk meets Bluegrass sound. Not quite the same as the Bluegrass of The Braddock Brothers or the Rockabilly Roots of the Hucklebucks, their sound fit like a glove into the night’s upright-bass-laden bliss, a true testimony to the diversity and creativity within these genres.
Special thanks once again to contributing photographer Randall Reskovac.
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Mickey & the SOB’s are scheduled to appear June 17th at Renzie Park in McKeesport at 2 p.m. as a part of the Operation Payback Benefit. Find all the goods on them at: