20 Miles

20 Miles

with Bob Log III

The Echo Lounge, Atlanta, GA • February 23, 2000

The place was packed for opening act Bob Log III, an ultra-bizarre Dr. Strange Bug. This act was a one-man band wearing a motorcycle helmet with a phone receiver glued to the visor as a microphone. An interesting display, for lack of anything remotely resembling true entertainment. Mr. Log III played fast, furious, and too long on several numbers that all sounded identically challenged. With a lead guitar and a kick drum, he made lots of noise, and the crowd cheered with delight. His intentions were lost on me, and to this day, I can’t figure out what the point of it was, if in fact there was one at all. The sad thing was, when our helmeted hero — whose face we never saw — stood up at the end of his set for the last hurrah, the place cleared out like there was a fire drill.

Bad call. The headlining band, 20 Miles, was great. A two piece band with a lead guitarist/vocalist and a drummer who laid down some of the rawest, ripping blues you’d hope to wander upon in a backroom bar in New Orleans. They got off to a slow start as a result of what seemed to be a sound problem, and the vocals were a little hard to discern. But by the third or fourth song, lead vocalist Judah Bauer’s voice had exploded with life; sweet, deep, and pure as fresh well water. With an amazing measure of tortured heart and controlled angst, he gave the same amount of heat to a handful of honky tonk numbers. Deep and heavy southern rhythms hit the bullseye on more than a few finely polished gems. I wouldn’t suggest this band to anyone who’s in search of liars or pop-appealers. While they haven’t neglected the toe tappers, they seem to be more interested in the resurrection of good, honest blues, plain and simple. If you’re up for the ride, these 20 Miles are well worth traveling and traveling again.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Alonso Ruizpalacios
    Alonso Ruizpalacios

    Generoso speaks with director Alonso Ruizpalacios, whose dynamic new feature, A Cop Movie, utilizes a unique and effective hybrid documentary style to examine police corruption in and around Mexico City. A Cop Movie was the winner of the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival.

  • Sarah McQuaid
    Sarah McQuaid

    The St. Buryan Sessions (Shovel and a Spade Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Hearty Har
    Hearty Har

    Radio Astro (BMG). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Junkwraith

    A young woman abandons a promising skating career only to be chased by her inner demons.

  • The Slackers / Sic & Mad
    The Slackers / Sic & Mad

    Love I Bring /Cat Prozac (Split 7 inch single on). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    An adaptation of a classic horror story safe for little eyes.

  • Nosferatu

    A classic horror tale ends up some place weird.

  • Self Taught
    Self Taught

    Over a ten-year period, punk guitar legend Tim Kerr and his wife Beth used thrift store cameras to document self-taught artists environments. Combined with portraits of the creators, Self Taught is a celebration of artistic spirit.

  • New Music Now 002
    New Music Now 002

    In NMN Episode Two, Ink 19’s Pat Greene picks the soothing, balm-like brain of old friend Matt Gorney (The Civic Minded Five, Jazz in the Bible Belt on WPRK, 91.5 FM, Winter Park, Florida) as the two discuss the album Promises, from Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • Fun Home
    Fun Home

    A small town funeral director hides a not-so-big secret.

From the Archives