Lonesome Onry and Mean

Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Domino King And A Song About A Big Ol' Bear

Stevie Newman of the Domino Kings is one of the shredding-est guitarists Lonesome, Onry and Mean has ever seen. Newman plays and sings honky tonk like it's in his DNA, and he can rock with the best. When he covers Link Wray, Link Wray stays covered.

Newman grew up in a musical family. His first musical memory:

"I was sitting in a high chair in my grandparents' home, stuffing my face with my grandmother's home made cake and ice cream. I was listening to my mother, my aunts and my uncle work up a version of Johnny Horton's "Ol' Slewfoot." The sisters were arranging cool harmonies and trading verses. Uncle Donnie, a guitar player, was trading licks with my mother on fiddle. It MOVED me. Man, I mean it made me crazy. I can still see and hear it in my mind."

Newman continues:

"In my memory, the vibe was what I would now describe as the Carter family singing with Larry Collins playing guitar. When they were younger, my mother was a world class fiddle player and my Uncle Donnie was a super hot picker. Both may have lost a little steam with age, but they're both still damn good players. They're also my first and most important musical influences.

"My mother and my aunts are still amazing singers, with the perfect sibling harmonies that can't be faked by the costliest talent boxes or pitch programs in Nashville. If you hear these women sing a trio in church and you don't cry just a little, the problem is you."

On a side note, LOM finds it ironic, maybe even serendipitous, that the first label the Domino Kings were signed to was Slewfoot Records.

Fun Fact: "Slew foot" is an actual medical term.

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