The Red Top Wolverine Show played its first show as a country blues duo in the fall of 2004. The two original members of the band, Shoeless and Bucket, played a mix of songs whose original composers have long been forgotten, with the odd Buck Owens cover or original song thrown in. The group gathered a small following based largely on their use of junkyard percussion instruments – a five gallon plastic bucket, a wooden pallet, an aluminum trash can, and an upside down rubber waste basket – in conjunction with more traditional guitar and harmonica.
Sometime during the next spring two pieces became three when the boys met a sordid character named Frisco and recruited him to play bass. This was no ordinary bass – it was made from a single piece of orange weed whacker line strung between the top of a broomstick and the bottom of a zinc wash tub.
Late in the summer of the next year Shoeless heard some racket coming from the house next door and went over to check it out. He found a drummer and a guitar player – the last remnants of a short lived Salt Lake punk band called Twelve State Killing Spree. Soon Frisco and Shoeless started playing much a harder version of the Wolverine Show’s music with these two – just scratching an itch – with Frisco playing a bonafied four string electric bass.
A decision was made. The drummer, a squeaky little guy named Jailbait, and the guitarist, later called Corn Chip were asked to join the Wolverine Show .
Soon thereafter, Frisco disappeared under mysterious circumstances behind the Chevron on Foothill at I-80, and Corn Chip was forced to switch over to electric bass. Old Man Stanley reluctantly left his post as fan club president to play junkyard percussion full time.
An album was recorded. They called it Sloppy Jalopy.
Ben Curtis - harmonica; Frisco - washtub bass; Brad McCarley - guitar and vocals; James Heiskell - electric bass; Jason Cowley - drums; John Stanley - junkyard percussion
Sloppy Jalopy(2006). rev313 records. LP.
Live at Ego's (2006). www.libsyn.com/rtws. podcast.
Several of the songs from Sloppy Jalopy have received airplay on KRCL 90.9 FM in Salt Lake City.
City Weekly, 12/27/06
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“What this howling mess of blues, garage, and punk lacks in fidelity and variety is made up for in s...“What this howling mess of blues, garage, and punk lacks in fidelity and variety is made up for in swaggering attitude – which is really all that matters. Also, no winking Blues Explosion irony: Red Top may actually mean it.”
SLUG Magazine, 3/2007
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Red Top Wolverine Show Sloppy Jalopy Rev 313 Street: 11/06 Red Top Wolverine Show = Rolling St...Red Top Wolverine Show
Red Top Wolverine Show = Rolling Stones + Dead Boys + T. Model Ford
These hell stomping garage blues boys and a girl attack with their music, but they keep it bluesy enough to make it refreshing. Most “Garage Blues Bands” have more garage than blues, but Red Top has really made it a fun blistering mixture. The level of craftsmanship on this record is non-existent, and it takes a lot to sound this good and play that terribly. Sloppy Jalopy really stands out. There’s a sincere quality to this blues based rock n’ roll that lets you know that Red Top Wolverine does exactly what they want with their music. This band and others like the Legendary Porch Pounders have really developed the blues scene in Salt Lake and I am excited to see where they go next. This record showcases RTWS enjoying the hell outta making great music.
Original Songs: Mockingbird, Natchez Trace, Barely Alive, Rest Stop, Colorado, Postage Due, Road of Love, Yellow Rope, I'm Rollin' with You, Mule Driver, Garbage Man
Cover Songs: Goin Down South, Roll and Tumble, Kokomo, Mannish Boy, Long Haired Doney, Po' Black Mattie, Death Letter, Georgia Women, Red Cross Store, You Don't Know, Down in a Hole, Search and Destroy, Heavy Soul, When the Lights Go Out, Cactus, Ring of Fire, Truck Driving Man, Mama Tried, Floyd the Barber
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