Monsieur Jeffrey Evans has become such an integral part of the Memphis scene that it’s sometimes hard to remember that he once wielded his guitar as co-frontman for the Columbus, Ohio-based Homestead recording artists the Gibson Bros.
Yet it’s with his phenomenal triple guitar attack post-GB group, ’68 Comeback (with Gories drummer Peggy O’Neill originally on the tubs), that Evans schooled a number of circa-early 1990s Memphis up-and-comers, including a pre-Oblivians Greg Cartwright (who filled in for O’Neill on the band’s monumental first tour, 42 cities in 60 days), Jack Yarber, Nick “Diablo” Ray and Brendan Spengler.
Before and since, Evans, whose credits run the gamut from performing in the Austin-meets-Memphis group South Filthy and producing Tav Falco’s Panther Burns to writing brilliant tunes like “The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing” and “The Long, Long Ballad of the Redheaded Girl,” has influenced a legion of musicians ranging from Jon Spencer to Mr. Airplane Man. He has recorded for dozens of labels, including tiny imprints like Casting Couch and Sugar Ditch, and veritable indie conglomerates SFTRI and Sub Pop. None other than Jay Lindsey and Alicja Trout backed Evans in his short-lived group C.C. Riders. Nowadays, he often plays with Ross Johnson as a duo, although he recently formed Monsieur Jeffrey Evans and His Southern Aces (which has included, at times, Terrence Bishop, J.D. Mark, Taylor Hollingsworth, Chet Weise and Craig “Sweet Dog” Pickering) in time to perform at Gonerfest V.
What does Evans sound like? The seventh son of Floyd the Barber and Charlie Feathers, fronting a ramshackle version of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. Sex, sanctified. Raconteur with guitar. Hear him live, at the Gonerfest VI closing ceremonies at the Goner Records Store on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 27.