Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lickin' Good Fried Do The Dakota

photo by Beth Hamill

The next best thing to happen to Sundays since Brett Favre started playing like a 26-year-old again is Lickin' Good Fried's weekly honky-tonk hoedown at the Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington) from 7 till 9 pm.
Those lamenting the premature demise of The Backstabbers will be thrilled to find that frontman Col. Tom Parker has hit his stride as a singer, songwriter and guitar picker with the old-school country concept of Lickin' Good Fried with superb support from moonlighting Creaking Tree String Quartet members Andrew Collins on mandolin and fiddler John Showman along with upright bassist Sam Petite.
Of course, Lickin' Good Fried's not-so-secret ingredient is Parker's partner in rhyme, sensational singer Alex Pangman who has miraculously bounced back from her double lung transplant to croon dynamic duets and add gorgeous harmonies when not soaring solo.

As fantastic as Lickin' Good Fried certainly are on their recently released Say Uncle! (Rooster Sandwich), they're even better in the comfortably rustic setting of the Dakota where their sweet renditions of George Jones, Louvin Brothers, Roger Miller and Hank Snow favourites go down exceedingly well with some tasty Southern fried chicken and a cold brew.
Be fore warned, Lickin' Good Fried is habit forming – see them once and you may become a Dakota Sunday regular hollering requests for Red Headed Woman (in a Dirty Corvette) and two-stepping around Brian Connelly. PWYC

Lickin' Good Fried 
Alex Pangman
Andrew Collins
John Showman
Creaking Tree String Quartet
Dakota Tavern
Beth Hamill
Philip Curwen

Photo by Philip Curwen

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