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More Music In The Park Saturday Night

The Sharecroppers performed last Saturday night. They have a good looking singer, but you can’t say much for the rest of the band.

The Hudu Engineers will play the outdoor music series at the Main St. Pavilion, downtown Water Valley 7- 9 PM Saturday, October 18th in a free outdoor concert. Having recently are released their first full length original CD, Rollin’ in Rhythm, with a bang, the band looks forward to playing and promoting their songs and a wide variety of cover tunes, and having some fun in such a comfortable outdoor setting.

The basic tracks for the CD Rollin’ in Rhythm were recorded over the past two years, and just for fun, they were done at two of the most historic recording studios in the South and in the world: Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, and Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Chief architect and songwriter Kevin Guyer says “I’m not sure we played any better for standing on hallowed ground, but it sure didn’t hurt. We had a great time soaking up the vibe in the rooms where Wilson Picket recorded Midnight Hour and Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes. And we picked up some good stories along the way.”

Guyer and drummer Eddie Wood saw the project through together, developing the songs from raw demos to finished tracks using a variety of local players, and tapping a crew of some of their favorite musicians from Richmond, VA, and New England as well. The completed CD, Rollin’ in Rhythm, features 13 of Guyer’s basic rock and roll dance songs that are simple, fun, a little bit clever in places, and specifically crafted to let a rock band stretch out with some piano and sax and get a dance floor moving.

Guyer, known locally for being the upright bassist for the swingabilly-folkgrass trio the Okratones, moved to Mississippi six years ago from Seacoast New Hampshire, where he was a mainstay of the local music scene as an independent record store owner, record label owner, music magazine publisher, and founding member of several of the area’s roots-music bands. Guyer’s deep roots in rockabilly and fifties R&B shine through in his songwriting.

Drummer Wood, also of Water Valley, and shiny new bassist Amy Fisher of Oxford form the core of the band with Guyer. Keyboardist Mark Yacovone, who has just moved to Mississippi from New Hampshire, is one of the Hudu Engineers’ secret weapons. Equally adept on all kinds of keys, Yacovone adds the swinging piano sounds and the tide of Hammond B3 waves and growls these songs require. Mix in a little saxophone from special guest saxophonist Jesse Martin of Batesville, add some percussion, some harmonies, and a little room to dance, and you’ve got the Hudu Engineers.

The Hudu Engineers have a mission and they are positive about it. While one cynic has described the songs as relentlessly cheerful, the truth is this band is out to have a good time and take you along with them. In addition to their original songs, the Hudu Engineers play what they like to call “No-rules Rock and Roll.” Not bound by a particular genre, they are equally likely to cover an Afro-Cuban All Stars’ song right beside some Tony Joe White or Sam Cooke.


Saturday, October 18th – Main Street Pavilion – Water Valley, MS – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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