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Pokey LaFarge / Press

"Pokey LaFarge has taken his penchant for all things vintage and crafted it into an aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana in a way that shies away from these technology-obsessed times and brings the nostalgia to Technicolor-life, all the while pushing the boundaries of tradition."

“Aficionados of Americana and roots music will certainly feel right at home with LaFarge's tunes.”

"The band is hot, and for good reason. The brand of upbeat Americana that emanates from each member just can't be ignored."

“Any band with decent musical aptitude and a passion for the days of sheet music stores, phosphates and the Charleston can churn out covers of songs gleaned from thrift shop 78s and attract a sizable, loyal audience. The real gift is taking that Hot Jazz/Country Blues/Ragtime/Western Swing inspiration and translating it into original and completely contemporary songs; Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three possess that gift. Starting in 2007, LaFarge lent his bellow-to-mellow vocal stylings and love of turn-of-the-last-century Jazz/Blues/Ragtime to a pair of solo albums before assembling the South City Three with fellow St. Louisians Joey Glynn (upright bass), Adam Hoskins (archtop guitar) and Ryan Koenig (snare drum, harmonica, washboard).”

“Fedora-clad troubadour Pokey LaFarge reaches deep into the American roots tradition to build tunes fit for toe tapping, swing dancing and kazoo riffing... His taste skews retro, but he's a thoroughly modern heartbreaker with a penchant for hitchhiking.”

“LaFarge calls forth the ghosts of American roots music—Blind Boy Fuller, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys—and manages to channel their iconic styles while avoiding slavish imitation.”

“LaFarge aches for the age of paddle steamers. His jumpy American roots music is sheer joy. And not a novelty.”

“Remaining true to the music that influenced him is essential to LaFarge... But, he insists, ‘It’s only though original songwriting that we truly find our sound.’”

“Pokey is a throwback to the days of medicine shows and guitar-picking troubadours – a dapper bantamweight in a pork pie hat who has acquired the voice of a man three times his age and four times his size.”

“The kind of music you can clap, bring your kids, drink whiskey, smile, stomp your feet, close your eyes and feel lost in time. It’s pretty cool that this generation is willing and capable of still bringing it to us old school.”

“...looks like a lot of fun with old-timey music filtered through his young soul.”

“...really needs to guest on Boardwalk Empire ... connect with the glamor of the nightclub and with the sophistication of figures like Louis Jordan or Fats Domino.”

“...ferocious, a concentrate of some of his musical heroes, from Bill Monroe’s keen musicianship to Woody Guthrie’s way with storytelling.”

“The big noise from St. Louis returns with another energetic blast of innocent honky-tonk craziness that'll make you wish you had access to whatever it is that Pokey uses. Surrounded by his sidekicks, the retro fanatic cranks out the kind of dusty 'western swing meets country blues' you'd expect to hear if you were riding the wind in your '38 Chevy pickup down a Midwest back turnpike.”

“St. Louis guitarist/singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge leans on ragtime, country blues, Western swing and the early jazz of Chicago and New Orleans to create a spirited and engaging Americana style that has a playfulness the period re-creationists often forget.”

“LaFarge not only remembers the good times- he is the good times.... LaFarge is the performer who's ahead of the game right now, one potent enough to gain the attention of Jack White, who's keen to record him. And this album, bless its Jelly Roll heart, should induce further attention as Pokey, singing, guitar-strumming and delivering hot kazoo, revives memories of old New Orleans, stirred in with country blues and a touch of Western swing...”

“It's a recording well worth your scratch, and one you will joyfully revisit many, many, times. Simply essential.”

“It's fitting, then, that this St. Louis quartet's second album is so difficult to pigeonhole. LaFarge has mastered the art of writing songs in his chosen era's sunny, charming style, but the musical setting he gives them demands that his bandmates conjure up everyone from the early black songsters to Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt. Fortunately, he's got the boys that can pull that off, with Adam Hoskins' guitar, Joey Glynn's stand-up bass and Ryan Koenig's dual skills on washboard and harmonica effortlessly serving up every flavour required... The result is a thoroughly enjoyable, toetapper of an album, and one that's almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. No wonder The White Stripes' Jack White has declared himself a fan, and already done some production work on one of the band's other records.”

“Like a man born--very luckily for us--in the wrong era, Pokey (along with his trio of astoundingly accomplished pals) gives the 21st Century a sparkling history lesson. His gumbo of 1930s ragtime, jazz. blues, country, and swing is intoxicating, the self-penned tunes like So Long Honeybee and Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight sounding so authentic you'd swear they were written back in his favourite era. Catching them live only enhances the pleasure.”

“On Middle of Everywhere, out July 19, LaFarge and his band The South City Three tear through the sounds of the past with manically skittish energy: Even the longest and slowest songs here, like "Coffee Pot Blues" and the four-and-a-half-minute ballad "River Rock Bottom," have a way of angrying up the blood. The rest sizzles and crackles along with speedier verve and style — as archaic as a megaphone crooner, but timeless like great bluegrass. It's anachronistic to call Pokey LaFarge rock 'n' roll, but he belongs on that stage, too.”

“If you're looking for a smooth blend of wise cracking lyrics, hop-skipping banjo, fine picked blues guitar, washboard percussion and a beating bass then you should probably look right in the 'Middle Of Everywhere'.”

“Pokey LaFarge writes and performs original and sometimes traditional music, steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78s ruled the record player. LaFarge's music is honest and infused with respect for the era he loves — particularly the '20s and '30s. When you listen to this music as part of a diet of songs from the 21st century, it feels fresh, fun and altogether outstanding.”

“Awarded “Best Local Band Album of 2010” and “Best Local Band to Go International 2010” by Riverfront Times, Lafarge and company are St. Louis superstars on their way to breaking big.”