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Thunderbolt @ SXSW: Getting Caught Up

SXSW 2010OK, let’s try to get caught up here on day 6 in Austin. Finally got that chicken fried steak at Hoovers. Will probably skip the jalepeno creamed spinach next time. My two shows yesterday went well, though a monitor would be helpful when singing lead from behind the drums, don’t you think? I opened out front with Dave Bone and me doing the Replacements “Alex Chilton” as a hymn. Many tears in the audience, which was the point; I got choked up myself while singing it. There IS footage, so hopefully it’ll show up on Youtube. I believe we’re going to do it tonight during the Sons of Hercules show. Spoke to old friends Cheetah Chrome and Syl Sylvain and saw their band the Batusis. Also spoke to Lisa From the Bell-Rays; gonna see them later today. In the hunt for a chorizo burrito…
T-Bolt

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Thunderbolt @ SXSW: Day 3

SXSW 2010Well, day 3 at SXSW went by in a flash of Shiner Bock and rehearsal. I guess I should’ve considered playing live when I was overdubbing 14 tracks of background vocals. Saw the Muffs and some old friends last night.
Day 4? Too early to tell, but tonight…chicken fried steak!
New artist spotlight interview up on vicfirth.com.
“Children by the million wait for Alex Chilton…” My heart aches.
From Austin….The Thunderbolt

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Thunderbolt @ SXSW: Day 2, Part 2

SXSW 2010Day 2, part II

The Sons of Hercules tore it up at Emo’s. Ah, Emo’s…remember playing it with the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, outdoors, in January, and, of course….the whole band was near nude on stage. Chilly, even for Texas. Saw my old friend from Madrid, Barnaby; a lovely treat. Also saw Kim Fowley, but why would he want to talk to me? Maybe if I had a vagina?
Tomorrow is another day, and another opportunity for chicken fried steak.
T-Bolt

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Thunderbolt @ SXSW: Day 2

SXSW 2010AUSTIN, Day 2
GREAT rehearsal with Dave Bone and the Troublemakers last night; we might actually be able to pull this fucker off…and thanks to Gretchen for the wonderful pasta. Stopped by Waterloo Records and both venues with posters today, followed by Tortilla soup and one beverage (haha) at Z Tejas. Tonight, The Sons of Hercules and another beverage at Emo’s. Tomorrow…the world…or at least….6th St. Again.
That’s what I said.
T-Bolt

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Thunderbolt @ SXSW: Checking In

SXSW 2010In Austin; nice direct flight from Newark. Checked into the lovely Quality Inn and Suites Airport. I seem to have everything I need right next door: Liquor and convience store, tax preparation, propane filling station, taco truck, hair salon. Rehearsal and dinner tonight at chez Bone. Tomorrow? Only the Shadow knows…

— Thunderbolt Patterson

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The Thunderbolt Blogs For Us From SXSW!

SXSW 2010Packing for SXSW, thinking black will best hide burrito splatter. This will be the first live performance of songs from my record “The LP is Dead,” and I’m kinda shitting my pants. My bro Dave Bone says he and the Troublemakers are up to the task, and I believe him. HOWEVER, we’re gonna rehearse our asses off, starting tomorrow. Early flight, but direct…nice.

Two shows on the 19th…I want into the Rachael Ray party; somebody gonna help a brother out?

1) One Beverage
2) Hand Grenade Heart
3) Dynamo
4) The LP Is Dead

Let’s try not to suck…

From Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC…
The Thunderbolt

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