With the 22nd Bubbapalooza in full force the Star Bar was already full of folks who had downed a few beverages, filled their stomachs with tasty BBQ and taken in their fair share of kick ass music. With Caroline & the Ramblers belting out the tunes upstairs and The Intoxicators showing off their surf guitar skills in their matching blue suits downstairs, the pump had been primed so to speak for the music that was to come. With their time approaching, Jimbo Mathus lead his trusty crew into the Star Bar, weaving through the crowd to assemble their tools of the trade and prepare to show the good people of Atlanta what Catfish Music was all about.
With a quick how do you do, Jimbo Mathus & the Tri State Coalition wasted no time and kicked into the rocking “Fucked Up World” from the 2012 EP Blue Light which is the perfect smack to the ears to get any crowd jacked about Jimbo’s music. The tune “Shackles and Chains” from the same EP also found its way in to the set list and that was a good thing. Of course the night was heavy on tracks from the newest record White Buffalo, and if you have not given it a listen then you should be ashamed of yourself. They wowed the crowd with “(I Wanna Be Your) Satellite” and the tale of good vs. evil “In The Garden”. When they ripped into the powerful “White Buffalo” the crowd was stunned at the raw power Mathus and band could bring. With vicious guitars, thunderous rhythms and psychedelic keyboards, Jimbo wailed like a man possessed. A nice addition to the night’s music was “Skateland Baby”, a song about a disco ball so says Jimbo, off of one of his older albums, KnockDown South. It sounded great and fit perfect sandwiched between all the new songs.
Once the music was over, Mathus and crew whisked their gear off stage said a few hellos to the folks there then disappeared into the night as fast as they had arrived. While their set was short they efficiently used their time to pack in some of the best music of the night. They were loud and rowdy delivering a set of tunes chock full of blues, soul, country and rock. The crowd at the Star Bar probably learned a thing or two about Jimbo Mathus & the Tri State Coalition and next time they are in town hopefully will get a larger sample of what they have to offer.