The first thing you need to know about is that 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 ofSkip CastroandCorey Harrisand, not the home of but the home-base ofDave Matthews.Danny SchmidtandDevon SprouleandPaul CurreriandMariana Bellcame out of C-ville, andKeith MorrisandThe Hogwaller RamblersandThe 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 aboutMister Babyand not C-ville, so I'll let it drop. But I'm sure you get the point.
Wouldn't 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 toOne Eye Openshould convince you. It's convinced me to never piss her off, that's for sure. And I don't even sleep in the samestate!
It's only one of many winners in the Big Fire Show, and I don't know quite why. She starts off withRabbit, about a rabbit with a gun. Iknow! From there, you get to go on aShitty Limousine Ride, hearThe Most Beautiful Song, experience the wonder ofBees!!, along with sleeping withOne Eye Open. 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.
Right now, I think my favorite track isShitty Limousine Ridebecause of the slidin' electric guitar ofJesse Suhl Fiske. 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 withThe Hackensaw Boys, makes his mark in the most unobtrusive way, never stealing the stage from Huddleston but rather embellishing it. Same withJake Hopping, who stays in the background but laying perfect groundwork with his bass and banjo. Simple, but sweet.
I've been samplingMister Babyon 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 toGreat Big Fire Show, I'm sold. Now, Megan, if you don't mind, about that bridge.....