If you had run into Pickwick's Galen Disston, with his white boy fro puff, or Sallie Ford, with her ring of red lipstick and horn-rimmed glasses, in the beer line at the Linen Building on March 22, you wouldn’t have guessed you were standing next to a couple of wall-melting powerhouses. The duo might look innocuous, but damn can they belt ’em out.
Pickwick brought down the house at the crowded Linen on the first night of Treefort Music Fest with its blend of blues-tinged neo-soul. Disston wailed into the mic backed up by a band of indie kids that churned out Motown-worthy pop. Though Pickwick got the crowd moving, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside got them sweating and swaying.
When I saw Sallie Ford at Ziesta in 2010, the band plucked out sunny-day backyard folk with a vintage twist. Last night, they cranked up the rock ’n’ roll. After a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Oh, Boy,” Ford segued into a new track that included the line, “I can drink and I can yell and I can raise some hell.”
Damn straight she can.