It was a dark and stormy night...
He sat on a bar stool in the middle of the stage, a harsh spot beaming down on him, and for once he was glad for the extra-wide brim on his fedora. He had a drink in one hand and a microphone in the other as he squinted to see through the smoky haze that hung in the air of this two-bit dive like a London fog. Then the dame walked in, in that red dress - all hourglass and gams - and sat at a table right up front, giving him a wink. "Alright then, this next one's for you, doll," he thought, as the band started to play...
I go by Jonny B. to most of my friends. The stage name I took when I started singing. My real last name is Wilson - no relation to Tome. I'm a website designer by day, but by night... I sing a lot of karaoke, I sing blues and swing, and I play the trumpet and a mean blues harp, and am currently between bands. Most weekends you'll find me at a karaoke bar with a mic in my hand, or sitting in with a local band jamming it up.
How'd I get into dieselpunk? Well, I've always been a fan of big city swing and blues - a swingpunk, if you will - but I suppose you can thank Joss Whedon for that last part. You see, I was a fan of Firefly/Serenity, although a latecomer to the fandom, after the show had already gone off the air. Actually even after the movie had come and gone. And then one day I saw this little production he put on called Dr. Horrible.
Well, after that, one thing sort of led to another. I started checking out this controversy online, about how Dr. Horrible had supposedly ripped off another online media star named Dr. Steel. I started watching some of Dr. Steel's videos, and found them amusing, so I got involved in his fan club. A lot of his fans are steampunks, so I started getting into that a little. Then someone pointed me to the Clockwork Cabaret and said I should give them a listen. I gave a listen, and interacted with them a few times... and then Emmett and Klaude invited me to join up here, apparently recalling I had told them I was into swing and blues and thinking I'd like the place...
And so... here I am. With the smell of the city in my nostrils, the sounds of the traffic and machinery playing a soft lullaby in the distance. Leaving the club by the back door, I toss the toothpick I'd been chewing on for the past half hour into the rainsoaked gutter, grab a fresh one from the brim of my fedora and put it between my teeth as I breath in slowly, taking in the lights of the skyline. Yea, a guy could learn to like this place...
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Posted on January 17, 2012 at 12:00pm
|"I'm on a mother****ing BOAT!"
Recently, the "goth swing" jump blues band Lee Presson and the Nails
have gained a new audience in the steampunk and dieselpunk community.… Continue
Posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:36am
The following interview is what I intend to be the first in a series. As a swing artist myself, I thought it would be fun to interview some of the popular swing musicians that punk the genre in their own special way - the “Bad Boys of Swing.”
Modern swing artists have different ways of "punking" the basic sound of swing and making it their very own, blending it with everything from jump blues to ska to rockabilly. And then there's Lee Presson and the Nails.… Continue