Pin It
.
Favorites

Baby Gramps 

Hobo troubadour Baby Gramps is like one of those Japanese soldiers that came out of the jungles of the Philippines, years after V-J Day, completely unaware that the war was over. That's not to say Baby Gramps is in the dark. The cat cops from a solid knowledge box, a copasetic compendium of tantalizing adventure as told through American music on a well-traveled dobro. It ain't quite blues, and though it's richly storied, I wouldn't call it folk, either. Classifying the enigmatic and illusive character that is Baby Gramps is equally beguiling. If you read Jack Black's (not the actor) "You Can't Win," written in the 1920's, you'd be introduced to characters like Foot-And-A-Half George, The Sanctimonious Kid, and Salt Pork Mary. I have a feeling Baby Gramps was in there too, basking in the subversive glow. The man you see on stage is ageless behind his white beard, but if he played all the way back in the 1920's, that would make him — gulp — a ghost.

Baby Gramps performs Tuesday, September 4, 7 p.m. at Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. Free. babygramps.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Browse Listings

Submit an event
  • Re: Our national emergency

    • Great discussion. Thank you, Mrs. Towler. But let me add another version of Leonard Cohen/s…

    • on February 21, 2019
  • Re: The F Word: Too much practice is bad for you

    • Amen!!!

    • on February 21, 2019
  • Re: Feedback 2/20

    • I think the project is too small. There should be 3 or 4 stories of…

    • on February 20, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Yarms: a profile in musical curiosity
    If you’ve frequented the folk and singer-songwriter circuits in Rochester in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard Ryan Yarmel play. Every Wednesday this month at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Yarmel is hosting a stylistically diverse concert series called the “Yarms February Frolic.” read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.