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Jeremy Porter & The Tucos The Rock Room
Saturday, April 6, 2013 Polish Hill

“Jeremy Porter & The Tucos are a Detroit band playing original Rock And Roll. They love their power-pop but they’re influenced by Gram Parsons, Uncle Tupelo and Waylon Jennings as much as Cheap Trick, The Replacements and X. It makes for an interesting, hooky blend of energy, melody, distortion and twang. Goes great with a cold PBR, whether you are crying in it or raising it up and singing along.”

Check out Jeremy at his official Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace. He is returning to Pittsburgh tomorrow to hit up Polish Hill with his band, touring behind their just released album, “Partner in Crime“.
Let me just say that three years ago next week, Jeremy contacted me out of the blue and asked if I could promote his upcoming Pittsburgh show in any way. I explained to him that I shoot shows and post after the fact and since I am not a writer, maybe he could answer a simple questionnaire for a preview? He became the very first ‘First/Laster’ on this blog and exactly 400! First/Lasts later, I am so thankful to Jeremy for taking a few minutes to participate once again in this very special (for me) edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

“KISS Alive!” or “Cheap Trick at Budokan”. I remember hearing ‘I Want You To Want Me’ and just being drawn in by that melody. I couldn’t get it out of my head and to this day melody and hooks are my favorite parts of music. Truth is though, it was probably “Alive!”. I knew I wanted a KISS record, I knew it had to have ‘Rock And Roll All Night’ on it, and “Alive!” had so many songs. Seemed like a good choice. Funny that they were both live records!

Your last album bought?

Deadstring Brothers, “Sao Paulo” (Bloodshot). This record was not what I was expecting, just completely awesome in a different way. Sorta reminds me of some of the more country stuff on “Exile On Main St.”. I waited too long to get it, but I’ll be getting their new one when it comes out in a couple weeks right away. They’re from Nashville via Detroit so we’re all over it!

Favorite album of all time?

Tough question. It rotates around a bit I suppose. “Let it Be” by The Replacements is up there. “Exile on Main St.” (Rolling Stones) or “Quadrophenia” by The Who. “Zen Arcade” by Hüsker Dü. Springteen’s “Nebraska” is in the top 10 too.”

Least favorite album?

Not sure I have a least favorite album. Nothing comes to mind. I have a pretty low tolerance for things that are self-indulgent, excessively noisy, or lack hooks and strong melody. I just get bored. Nothing against that stuff, some people eat it up so it has its place, just not my cuppa tea.

First concert attended?

Alice Cooper with The Rockets at the Alpena (MI) Drive In, ‘Special Forces’ Tour, July 4th, 1981.

Last concert?

Bob Mould at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Bob is back, in case you didn’t know. Great set heavy on material from his latest record “Silver Age” as well as SUGAR and Hüsker Dü stuff too. 26 years of seeing Bob Mould live and he’s still killing it!

Favorite concert ever?

Probably The Ramones at Harpo’s in Detroit in December of ‘88. An unbelievable onslaught of power and great songs. I’ve seen a lot of great shows, but that one has stuck with me.

Least favorite concert?

The Grateful Dead, 1994-ish, The Palace of Auburn Hills, MI. I paid an (at the time) ungodly $35 to stare at the back of Jerry Garcia’s head for 3 goddamn hours. It was a waste of a buzz, money and time. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

I’ve been to Pittsburgh a couple times. A few years back we went to a Penguins/Red Wings game. Got to see Mario Lemieux score a couple of goals, but the Wings won in OT. Then, this past June I was playing in St Louis when the 2 teams faced off in game 7 of the finals. We were the only people in the building who wanted the Wings to win. I don’t think the people there cared that it was the Penguins, but they desperately wanted Detroit to lose. Anyhow, I am happy for the Penguins to see success after almost losing the franchise.Pittsburgh is a cool, blue collar city like Detroit and I can’t wait for my show at the Rock Room on Friday April 6th!

Thanks, Jeremy. You are solely responsible for creating what this beast has become, my man! I will thank you forever for that, buddy!

In an effort to preview new music and upcoming shows of worth, I am starting a new feature here. Rather than an interview, I will ask few questions pertaining to an artists’ musical taste. Today, I ask Jeremy Porter (who has a long and interesting career) to participate.

The first album you ever bought?

“KISS Alive! or Cheap Trick at Budokan. I remember hearing I Want You To Want Me and just being drawn in by that melody. I couldn’t get it out of my head and to this day melody and hooks are my favorite parts of music. Truth is though, it was probably Alive! I knew I wanted a KISS record, I knew it had to have Rock And Roll All Night on it, and Alive! had so many songs. Seemed like a good choice. Funny that they were both live records!”

Your last album bought?

“The Big To-Do by the Drive-By Truckers. Lots of people see them as the best band in the world these days. I have trouble arguing that. They have been unbelievably consistent for many years. This record is a bit shorter and a bit more rockin’ than the last couple, but the perfect follow up to last year’s Brighter Than Creations Dark.”

Favorite album of all time?

“Tough question. It rotates around a bit I suppose. Let it Be by The Replacements is up there. Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones) or Quadrophenia by The Who. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü. Springteen’s Nebraska is in the top 10 too.”

Least favorite album?

“Not sure I have a least favorite album. Nothing comes to mind. I have a pretty low tolerance for things that are self indulgent, excessively noisy, or lack hooks and strong melody. I just get bored. Nothing against that stuff – some people eat it up so it has its place, just not my cuppa tea.”

First concert attended?

“Alice Cooper with The Rockets at the Alpena (MI) Drive In, Special Forces Tour, July 4th 1981.”

Last concert?

“Drive-By Truckers at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA March 19 & 20 2010.”

Favorite concert ever?

“Probably The Ramones at Harpo’s in Detroit in December of 88. An unbelievable onslaught of power and great songs. I’ve seen a lot of great shows, but that one has stuck with me.”

Least favorite concert?

“The Grateful Dead, 1994ish, The Palace of Auburn Hills, MI. I paid an (at the time) ungodly $35 to stare at the back of Jerry Garcia’s head for 3 goddamn hours. It was a waste of a buzz, money and time. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.”

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

“I’ve been to Pittsburgh a couple times. A few years back we went to a Penguins/Red Wings game. Got to see Mario Lemieux score a couple of goals, but the Wings won in OT. Then, this past June I was playing in St Louis when the 2 teams faced off in game 7 of the finals. We were the only people in the building who wanted the Wings to win. I don’t think the people there cared that it was the Penguins, but they desperately wanted Detroit to lose. Anyhow – I am happy for the Penguins to see success after almost losing the franchise. Pittsburgh is a cool, blue collar city like Detroit and I can’t wait for my show at Howler’s Coyote Café on Friday April 9th!”

Thanks Jeremy. I am digging the disc.

If you are in a band and would like to be featured in upcoming First/Last columns, drop me a line.