Video of the Week: Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
Pokey LaFarge, a modern day balladeer in the truest sense, delivers his brand of deeply rooted Dust Bowl Appalachia-blues on his third offering Riverboat Soul. Hailing from St. Louis, Mo, 27-year-old Mr. LaFarge and his dapper band of ragamuffins the South City Three deliver a mighty fine collection of spirited takes that make the doctors and nursemaids feverishly hoot, holler, stomp our feet and clap our hands.
Our favorite cut on Riverboat Soul comes in the form of “La La Blues”- a fistful of freewheeling ragtime, an oscillating groove and foot-tapping hook that shines brightly, a true cooker. Pokey exclaims: “One thing that’s happened is the new material is being written for a bigger sound with more vocals from my compadres, who all like to join in and make a joyful racket.” WARNING: This is one of those ear-worms that you can’t shake for days.