The subdudes are back
August 11, 2005
After an eight-year hiatus, the New Orleans/Rocky Mountain mesh of harmony, groove and roots that is the subdudes (yes, its all lower case) is back.The band, a quintessentially American group of musical explorers in the tradition of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or The Band, takes the stage at Fanny Hill in Snowmass today at 6 p.m.Weve had so many years playing together, it was kind of like riding a bicycle. Just get back on, said vocalist/keyboardist John Magnie on the backporchrecords.com website.The group is touring to promote its newly released album, Miracle Mule. Magnie and fellow subdudes Tommy Malone (vocals, guitar) and Steve Amedee (vocals, percussion) are joined by longtime friend Tim Cook (vocals, bass, percussion) as well as bassist/guitarist Jimmy Messa. Malone and Amedee grew up in Louisiana Malone playing Bourbon Street straight out of high school, while Coloradan Magnie headed to the Big Easy after teaching himself piano from Professor Longhair records. Spinning off from the more raucous Continental Drifters during one of Magnies weekly piano gigs at Tipitinas in New Orleans, the subdudes were formed in 1987.The concept was to bring only what we could carry, so we just kind of showed up with a couple of acoustic guitars and Steves little tambourine thing, recalls Malone in the bands biography. We all had a secret desire to do something a little more rootsy, focusing on the songs and the singing. It was a little more subdued (that word came out and it was like yeah, thats it.)After a recent time out, the band is back, ready to rock.I think were even more excited about the future, says Cook. Were already talking about writing for the next couple of albums. Nothing else matters, because now we know how much fun we can have.Adds Malone: Were all just loving it. Its better than its ever been.