Gonerfest VI attendees are gonna get a two-fer from King Louie Bankston — he plays solo at the opening ceremony at Goner Records on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 24th, then performs with the Loose Diamonds later that night at the Hi-Tone.
A loose amalgamation of Memphis and NOLA musicians that includes, at times, Jack Oblivian (Tearjerkers), Chad Booth (Kajun SS), Adam Woodard (Tearjerkers), and Harlan T. Bobo, the Loose Diamonds purvey an infectious blend of circa- 1970s jukebox rock and southern power pop.
The topic on Memphis Treet, the Loose Diamonds’ 2007 debut, is the feminine mystique, as only Louie knows it: “If i told your family what you were doing for cash/Yeah, they’d cut you off from that inheritance stash,” he sagely croons on “Girl in the Holler” before downshifting to a punk waltz on “She’s Losing Her Hair,” where Louie sings, “She never cared about a boy with no phone/Or a kid living all alone/But now her hair is all gone.”
For more on Memphis Treet, which was recorded in Memphis and Clarksdale, Miss. and mixed by the late Jim Dickinson, go here.