Friday Feb 20, 2015:
This past Friday Skooters Roadhouse had a delight when Scott DeBose took the stage in the barn.
DeBose grew up on the South side of Chicago and grew up in a house filled with influences such as Merle Haggard to AC/DC.
In high school, DeBose started working at legendary Southside honky tonk Lake-N-Park Inn.
He actually started his professional career in the theatre performing in Working by Studs Turkle.
He is an entertainer hands down, between working the stage and working the crowd you can find him up on tables and chairs interacting with his fans.
He has opened for some of the biggest names in country music like Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Gretchen Wilson, and Keith Anderson just to name a few.
The dance floor was slow to start up but, make no mistake, Dubose wasn’t letting that stop his audience from getting involved. Before everyone knew it he had leaped from the stage and was running around the bar and standing up on tables.
I would consider him a dying breed in country music. There are so few true entertainers left in country music and country cover bands and, for me, DuBose makes the cut.
Here is one of his YouTube videos to give you a little taste of his wonderful sound and entertaining possibility
DuBose isn’t afraid of crossing gender roles in songs either. He was man enough to perform one of Miranda Lamberts hit songs and I was extremely impressed not only by his gut but the great cover of one of my favorite songs.
He frequents Skooters so be sure to catch him at his next show and check out his tour dates, bio, original songs and more on his website.
Saturday Feb 21, 2015:
After an iced in cancellation from scheduled performer David Kroll, The top 40 band The Whistling Dixie’s had no reservations about taking the stage.
The Dixie’s are “reviving #1 hits of the Old West with triple-threat harmonies, pop beats, and a little twang.”
They are a lead by three female vocalists, a keyboard player, lead guitar and fiddle player, as well as a drummer. The girls play the bass, acoustic guitar and mandolin while belting out these jaw dropping, awe inspiring notes. And According to legendary band Alabama “If you’re gonna play in Texas [or Skooters] you got to have a fiddle in the band.”
During this show I was saddened to hear they were down one of their female vocalists but despite that fact they still rocked the house.
They played songs like Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash to Takin’ Pills by the Pistol Annie’s.
What I loved the most was having a female lead brave enough to perform Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash herself. I was very impressed by this and immediately took notice of her amazing vocal capability.
There were soft moments with performances of Sugarland’s Stay, and high and energetic performances to compliment the vulnerability.
I can’t say enough good things about this band. They truly performed great and had me dancing in the crowd just like one of the patrons at Skooters.
To check out more from the Whistling Dixie’s make sure to check out their band page it will be worth your time.