"...but when blows come to blows, he can lose his fuckin' mind, too," chimes in his brother. "When it comes to gettin' naked and bein' a weird motherfucker and slappin' his balls in front of everybody, he's right there."
"All I'm sayin' is what we are on stage is what we are off stage," Doni says. "Zach is built for this fuckin' job because when he was a kid, he got in trouble all the fuckin' time for shootin' his mouth off. He was always a smartass. Everybody can tell we're not phonies, we're not fake."
Did they jump or were they pushed? For two weeks now, talk has circulated throughout town about the break-up of The Cartwrights--or apparent break-up, or time-off, or cooling-down period, or whatever they're calling it this week.
The local all-star band (yes, a more profound oxymoron you will never find) consisting of singing-songwriting trio Barry Kooda, Alan Wooley, and Donny Ray Ford busted up June 4 sometime during the Barley House "Barleypalooza" outdoor concert: Ford's Liberty Valance had performed earlier in the day, after which Ford and the band left to play a barbecue at Club Dada. Donny Ray was scheduled to return to the Barley House later that night to perform with the Cartwrights, but he never showed up. According to Kooda, Ford and drummer Richie Vasquez got into an unspecified but long-seething argument on June 3 at Naomi's; Ford said he would be willing to continue with the band, but only with a new drummer behind him. (Vasquez currently is playing in the Lone Star Trio offshoot The Collyers.)
"But I wasn't expecting any of that stuff," Kooda says. "I was at the lakehouse and came back Sunday for the Barley House thing, and there was a message on the phone from Donny. He said, 'Barry, if you want to play Sunday you can go ahead, but there ain't no more Cartwrights.'"
But the following day, June 5, Kooda, Ford, and guitarist Kim Herriage performed at Muddy Waters on Greenville--a standing Cartwrights gig--and billed themselves as the Do-Rights; Wooley and Vasquez were nowhere to be found. Three days later, at a birthday party for Mike Maddox, the owner of Big Iron Records, which released the Cartwrights' debut Ponderosa Fabuloso, Ford and Kooda were performing together and were later joined on stage by Wooley--though Wooley didn't sing.
Kooda, who still fronts Yeah!Yeah!Yeah!, says the Cartwrights actually broke up a month ago over "band differences--as usual," though the issues were quickly resolved. To complicate matters, the band's second album is in the can and awaiting release on Big Iron in the next two months; if it is released, Kooda says the band will do "whatever is necessary for Mike Maddox because he's a great guy."
Kooda says it's likely he and Ford and Herriage will continue to perform with each other; right now, they're using the name the Mutineers.
For those unable to attend The Nixons record-release party June 17 at the Bomb Factory (which also will include performances from Quickserv Johnny and Adam's Farm), Jeff "Chate" "Cottonmouth" Liles will host a release party of his own that night at the Gold Rush Cafe. Liles, a founding member of Decadent Dub Team way back when, will release his album of spoken-word musings--titled Cottonmouth, Texas--on Aden Holt's One Ton Records label in July, but copies of the disc are already available in a handful of local indie record stores around town.
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