first thing you need to know about Mister
it is fronted by a lady named Huddleneck, Huddlenecker,
Huddleston, Huddlenecker, Huddlestoner or something along those
lines (like some comedians, she changes names and birth dates
like babies change diapers). Megan's her first name,
regardless, and she has me scratching my head and wondering
what the hell they put in the water up in Charlottesville.
Honest to God, C-ville has the largest contingent of musicians
per capita in the whole world and probably the most diverse.
And here comes ol' Huddleperson stretching that diversity even
further. C-ville--- home of Skip Castro and
Corey Harris and,
not the home of but the home-base of Dave Matthews.
Danny Schmidt and
Devon Sproule and
Paul Curreri and
Mariana Bell came
out of C-ville, and Keith Morris and
The Hogwaller Ramblers and
The Hackensaw Boys.
And that's only a small percentage. If I really wanted to do
some research, I could give you a list as long as my arm, but
you wouldn't read it and this is about Mister Baby
and not C-ville, so I'll
let it drop. But I'm sure you get the point.
make a bit of difference whether Huddleston was from C-ville or
Timbuktu. She has an attitude which would float to the top.
Eventually. It's the attitude which sets her apart. She's
crazy, but in the strangest and nicest way. In an up, humorous
way. Thank God. If she was serious, we'd all be in trouble. One
listen to One Eye
convince you. It's convinced me to never piss her off, that's
for sure. And I don't even sleep in the same state!
only one of many winners in the Big Fire Show, and I don't know
quite why. She starts off with Rabbit,
about a rabbit with a gun. I know!
From there, you get to go on a Shitty
Most Beautiful Song,
experience the wonder of Bees!!,
along with sleeping with One
It is a rocking experience, backwoods-style, and by backwoods,
I suspect I mean Appalachian, but I'm from Oregon and the
closest I ever got to Appalachia were those documentaries they
show on TV now and again.
now, I think my favorite track is Shitty
Limousine Ride because
of the slidin' electric guitar of Jesse
The guy's a freak of nature, playing a minimalist style which
is, in fact, quite complicated in the way his guitar works
within the songs. Fiske, probably best known for his work with
makes his mark in the most unobtrusive way, never stealing the
stage from Huddleston but rather embellishing it. Same with
who stays in the background but laying perfect groundwork with
his bass and banjo. Simple, but sweet.
been sampling Mister
and off for a couple of years now. Every time I listen, I want
to see them live. Something tells me that Huddleston is an
oddball who could sell you a bridge, and that's on a bad night.
Put Fiske and Hopping into the mix and I'd probably have my
checkbook out before I knew it. What can I say? After more than
ten listens to Great Big Fire Show,
I'm sold. Now, Megan, if you don't mind, about that bridge.....