Thursday, August 1, 2013
“Indescribable” musician brings his diddley bo and offbeat tunes to DFW
That's a "cigar box guitar" that he made himself.
MCKINNEY It's a "diddley bo" to many, but more commonly referred to as a "cigar-box guitar." Lincoln Durham uses a single adjective to describe it, his favorite instrument: "obnoxious."
"It's the cheapest instrument that I own, and it ended up being the most popular at the live show," Durham said. "The fans love it, and ... I enjoy playing it. It's just obnoxious and loud, and it's simple -- but it's a lot of fun."
Durham builds the instrument himself out of a wooden cigar box with a broomstick drilled into it and a pickup device drilled onto that. It boasts a single bass guitar G string.
"It only sounds good really loud and really overdriven," he said.
Really loud and really overdriven could describe the sound produced by this one-man band. Raised in Itasca, Texas, Durham started playing the fiddle when he was 4 years old, performing at opry houses and folk festivals for 15 or so years on his way to adulthood. Influenced by names new and old -- Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Sixteen Horsepower, Shovels and Rope, Son House, Fred McDowell -- his music is heavy on the blues, heavy on the raw, but not at all easily categorized.
"I don't really even know what genre I'm in or anything," he said. "People ask, 'So, what kind of music do you do?' And when I meet somebody new, I try to describe it, but I really don't have a good [word]. ... As soon as I find one that I feel really, really captures the spirit of it, then I'll roll with it."
Durham will bring the energy again to North Texas at 9:30 p.m Thursday to Hank's Texas Grill, 1310 N. Central Expressway in McKinney. Tickets are $7 and are available at hankstexasgrill.com. The music will continue its evolution toward definition when Durham begins his United Kingdom tour August 30.
"We're really excited about it. We went last year for the first time ... and we had such a great response from people," he said. "It was just a cool thing to see - how seriously they take their music and how appreciative they are of live music."
Durham said experience has taught him that people can often "typecast" a show, expecting music of a certain sort depending on the venue. Once an audience samples his sound, however, the point of what type of music they expect is pretty much moot.
"I'm very much driven and fed by the crowd," Durham said. "... There are certain places that I'll play that the crowd is amazing and just rabid about the music. They're having a good time, and therefore I feed off of that ... If the crowd is there and having a great time and bringing the energy, then in turn I bring a lot of energy," he said.
Durham will return in late September to play at Love and War in Texas - Plano and the Kessler Theatre in Dallas. Not long after he returns from across the pond, his second record, "Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous," will also be released October 22. Fans will be able to obtain advanced copies of the album beginning October 1 at all of his shows.
For information and upcoming show details, visit lincolndurham.com.
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