“SONG FOR EWE”
with TIM KERR of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today is a musician and artist whose effect on American punk rock is indelible and whose legacy is writ and sprayed large most likely in neon bubble writing. He is the epitome of the DIY punk culture because he helped start it. He was a member of legendary Texan punk band Big Boys, but he’s also been in a multiplicity of other noisy, explosive, technicolour outfits including Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose and The Brothers Grimm, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench, and put out records on some of my favourite ever US indie labels Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy For The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars.
I am proud to own one of his most amusingly titled 7″s “Bring Me The Head Of Jon Spencer” with band Jack O’Fire that I bought on that basis once when spending my shelf-stacking wages in the Rough Trade shop, Neal’s Yard.
Dave Grohl recently interviewed him for “Sonic Highways” Austin edition (and perhaps it’s his influence on him that gave their song “Monkey Wrench” its name I ponder?). He skates, he curates, he paints, he composes, plays and slays. We’re lucky to have the inestimable skills of Tim Kerr and his “song for ewe” (or perhaps given his many fingers in many pies, several songs).
Tim has recently opened an art exhibition at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama called “Keep On Pushing: The Rosa Parks Show by Tim Kerr and Friends” which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The show features bespoke and trademark hyper-real, super colourful paintings by Kerr, but also contributions from guest artists including artworks that swap canvases for skateboard decks. One of Kerr’s larger pieces pays tribute to some of the women who refused to give up their bus seats before Rosa Parks’ arrest spurred the Montgomery bus boycott ‒ one 11 years before Parks’ arrest.
At the weekend Tim also led a community art project for local youngsters to make art based on inspirational people. I’m hoping someone did a neon drawing of him, the Texan punk rock outsider hero, complete with bushy paintbrushy beard.
I’m glad that Tim, a musical artist in the true sense of the word, is still influencing a new generation of peeps to Do It Themselves, a true positive punk. And I’m even more happy that he’s decided to share with Velvet Sheep the music he’s been listening to lately, so without further ado…
OVER TO TIM –
“Sorry for the crazy delay. Been really busy around here and does not look like it is letting up for a couple more weeks ….. (not a bad thing ….smile) At the moment I am listening to Lee Bains songs to help him arrange them for recording in Feb.
Before that it was old soul for a project with Holly Golightly and Dave we are doing next year. Mainly its an old Mac in the room that I paint in , that works as a glorified jukebox that is set on shuffle between Irish, Old Time, Free Jazz, 20th Century Composer, folk and other (big smile)”
(NICK: SINCE TIM DIDN’T CHOSE SOMETHING SPECIFIC, HERE’S A CLIP OF THE AFOREMENTIONED LEE BAINS PLAYING A WHILE BACK IN TIM’S STUDIO WHILE HE WORKS. NOT SURE WHOSE THE DOG IS. HOPE IT’S TIM’S TOO)
THANKS SO MUCH TO TIM, YOU LEGEND. THE BIG SMILES ARE ALL OURS.