Duquette Johnston, a start

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don’t want this blog to be The Centro-matic Show — no matter how huge and overwhelming and talentedly awesome everyone in the band is. i mean, there’s going to be 12 bands at W’12 so it doesn’t seem right to prattle on and on like i have been.

at Sunday breakfast post-W’10 i was fortunate enough to meet Duquette Johnston and his wife Morgan (of Rugged & Fancy fame) and it was just a great, sweet gift after a weekend that was so intense and wild (crazy wild to meet people in real life i felt like i knew for years from postcard).

Duquette and Morgan were the nicest people, and although i am a fanboy geek about a band Duquette was a part of — more later — i was struck by how great his solo performance on Friday, pre-W’10 was. and to break Sunday bread at Sawmill Family Restaurant with them was such an honor.

so the thing to know — or maybe NOT know — about Duquette Johnston is that he was a founding member of this band called Verbena.

living in New York for so long, and going to lots of shows, i heard about Verbena’s music and had devoured it like candy. it really pulled at my musical likes: reminiscent of X, the Cramps, the Velvet Underground, some Detroit bluesy rock in there. I don’t describe stuff as well as some but the two records I had of theirs, Souls For Sale and Into The Pink were on heavy rotation for a good long time. I think Souls For Sale, which Duquette played bass on, was and continues to be my favorite Verbena record.

Into The Pink saw the exit of Duquette and the entrance of a major label where the band got Dave Grohl-ized, which not that there’s anything wrong with that (except i think he’s sort of a giant tool now and the Foo Fighters give me upchuck reflexes)…. but Souls For Sale i just love love love.

Duquette is part of the Gum Creek Killers, who have some mp3s for download on their website here.

it’s sort of hard to pin down the talent that is Duquette Johnston. and maybe that’s the point. he and his wife seem to live a seriously creative, lovely life in Birmingham making and curating great art, either they make or share with others.

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