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Quick! King Tyrone’s Heading To Papa’s Pizza!

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on July 15, 2009


Woooo-ey! Lock up your silver and hide all the women and children and good-lookin’ dogs. Lord of the swamp, King Tyrone and his randy Graveyard Ramblers are blowing into town on July 22 for a romp through Papa’s Pizza Wings & Things.

Dickie and Dianne Spencer, owners of the otherwise reputable restaurant on the road to Calabash, are already gearing up for the assault. They’ve moved the dining booths out of the back room and added more chairs and standing room for the rowdy group that’s expected to show up for the spectacle.

For the uninitiated, this bawdy blues driven group is  rooted in rockabilly and laced with Southern soul, but other than that they defy  description except to say that their outrageousness is only exceeded by their dead-on lyrical lampoons and musical muscle.
Leaving the alliteration behind, head swampmeister, King Tyrone aka Jim Quick, is one of the best songwriters around these parts and he’s put together a strong group of players made up of Quick on lead vocals and keys, Casey Meyer playing guitar, Albert Rogers on bass guitar and vocals and Sam Bryant on the drumkit.

Jim Quick aka King Tyrone

Jim Quick aka King Tyrone

Quick says he named the Wilmington, N.C.-based group, which he formed in 2006, after King Floyd,  one of his mother’s favorite soul singers and Tyrone Davis, his daddy’s favorite “I thought King Tyrone sounded cooler than Floyd Davis … ha!” he tells me. “The Ramblers part came from Delbert’s [McClinton] constant reference to the late model AMC car where the front seats lay back to meet the back to make a bed. The Graveyard part came from our first gig at Halloween of 2006, just to add a spooky flavor!

“We caught on very quickly locally and then we started having requests for the band’s CDs at shows. We were mostly improv, ad libs and jams with the exception of some very rare covers like “Little Head” from John Hiatt and “Same Kinda Crazy As Me” from Delbert Mclinton and stuff like “The Bug” from Dire Staits. So it was off to the back of my brain to start writing originals. Lo and behold I came up with a collection of hybrid tunes.  Cultivated from numerous southern genres like jazz, blues, soul, country and southern rock I created the debut offering on KHP [record label] from the self titled CD.”

The ten-track recording, which was released in April 2008, features tight sophisticated song writing throughout. Jim Quick is a high-power entertainer who consistently leaves his audience lusting for more, but for my money, his greatest talent lies in his song writing, which ranges from soulful to clever to heart-wrenching. He’s a master storyteller.

In talking about the CD, he credits his band members for bringing a range of musical tastes and style to the project.

“We travel together and we each bring different musical tastes to the van.  It’s really a potpourri of artists like Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt, Jerry Reed, John Prine, Government Mule, Brad Paisley, Chet Atkins, Sam Bush, Keb Mo’, BB King, and so many more that have helped us stay awake and content on the road.

“I would find myself really inundated by different sounds from all these artists flying in my head.  Whenever I was alone I would take those inspirations and let them flow almost naturally musically.  However, lyrically, I constantly challenged myself to be more creative and clever without seeming cliche or passé and at the same time very easy to comprehend.

“That was the hardest part of the project, however it was a very self-induced learning experience.  I have to thank the band for taking mundane simple chord progressions that have been beaten to death through modern music and making them unique and fun to listen to … without losing that familiar edge that forces one to reminisce [about] a different time in music or one’s life.”
As talented as Quick is, he isn’t solely responsible for the success of King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers.

“I really wanted sparse instrumentation, scarce harmonies, and open spaces not only in the songs but in the layers of the over all mix.  George Clinton once said funk is the absence of music and my music theory teacher always emphasized that silence was truly golden.

“I really got everything from everyone that I wanted throughout the project.  It was hands on for all the musicians when it came to the arrangements.  I really wanted a straightforward but laid back pocket on all the rhythm parts from Sam and got that.
Drummer Sam Bryant is known in the music industry as a first-rate blues drummer. Blues Review magazine singled him out as a drummer to watch, “an up and coming drummer.”

According to Jim Quick, “Sam Bryant is simply brilliant … He played with many great international touring artists like Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  He’s ridiculously entertaining to watch and brings the musical presentation to another level by making the foundation so very high in technique.

“Albert is so colorful.  His voice is unbelievable and his sarcastic sense of humor exudes from this stage setting to create a very personable atmosphere. His bass playing is second to none. It’s a very traditional style. His very simple but unexpected grooves make it so easy to build upon as a unit of musicians. I wanted poppy, upbeat walking bass lines and slinky movements on the longer form back beat jams from Albert.
Quick refers to guitarist Casey Meyer as “the hook.”

Casey is amazing in tune with the sound I am trying to create.  I refer to him as “the hook”! He has solely created the calling melody via guitar riff on every single King Tyrone tune.  It’s not only amazing because he is so creative, tasteful, and tonality perfect; but he is so young and has so much time to improve on his already great beginnings.”
“As for [Casey’s guitarwork on the CD], it was just rippin’ all the way through.  I kinda just let him go. He hears what I want without explanation.”

The folks at Papa’s Pizza in Little River, S.C. are in for a rockin’ stompin’ night of King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers. Dickie and Dianne plan to start the fun early with a  “porch party” outside  from 5 to 8 p.m. with deejay Joey Warren and special prices on beer and pizza slices. King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers will storm the place beginning at 8 p.m.

I promise you, Papa’s won’t be taking reservations or even call-aheads on this night. So get there when you can, and get ready for a night of swamp funk, courtesy of the King himself.

Papa’s Pizza, Wings & Things is located in the Lowe’s Food shopping plaza on the road to Calabash. For more information, visit the website at http://www.papaspizzawingsandthings.com or call 843-249-3663 in S.C. and 910-575-7900 in N.C.

Note: Yes, this is Jim Quick as in Jim Quick & Coastline, a Wilmington, N.C. rock & soul band with a strong following throughout the South.
This will also be published in Coast Magazine and Alternatives NewsMagazine in Myrtle Beach, issue July 16 -30, 2009, p. 24.

©2009. Dariel Bendin.


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