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Hillbilly humour with Washboard Hank

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Washboard Hank and Lance Loree had the croewd laughing, March 28. Photo by Richard AmerySunday (March 28)  was a great night to laugh at Henotic with Washboard Hank and guitarist Lance Loree along with Country Legs who had approximately 30 people alternately laughing and  furrowing their brows in  perplexity at Henotic.
Nanaimo’s  Country Legs’  charming disposition and self-deprecating humour made the crowd putty in her hands as she alternately played guitar, forgot lyrics and sang the happiest and funniest heartbreak  songs around, smiling as she sang sad pretty melodies with sad lyrics.
 While she has an old school country sound, when she played piano, she took on a more of a jazz influence. A couple of my favourites were ‘ Pink Shoes’,  and ‘You Bastard,’ she also sang Loretta Lynn’s ‘Loving that Country.’
Washboard Hank was at his hillbilly humourist best, cracking crude but hilarious jokes, getting the audience to sing along with something that sounded similar to cow shed.
He mugged for the crowd and sang some twisted children’s songs and several tracks from his new CD about characters as eccentric as he is like  ‘Chompy the Head Biter Offer,’ ‘Ferd and Lizer’  and the girl at the dump and Elvis living in Tweed. He also sang Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ‘Bud the Spud’ and played some impressive percussion on a variety of bells, whistles,  bike horns, duck calls,  license plates attached to his washboard and a hard hat on his head.
 He switched between guitar and banjo throughout, laughing all the way as Loree kept up with his energy, playing rockabilly and country licks.
He was an excellent energy boost for a lazy Sunday.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:30 )  
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