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Artist of the day: Nervous Turkey




Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means it's time for some Nervous Turkey.

With a wildly successful new restaurant, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe; new son Henry, wife/best friend/business partner Melissa Deming, and one of the most popular bands in Tampa Bay, Ernie Locke has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

"It’s been a really good year," he said, "but sometimes I can’t see through the fog of working all the time. It’s good to take a step back and breathe and take things in."

Nervous Turkey spotlights Locke on vocals, harmonica and guitar – "yanking off my shirt and rolling around on my belly like a reptile, pretty standard stuff" (a tidbit he shared in his band’s tbt* profile last year) and gets added muscle from Aaron Fowler on drums and Mark Cunningham on organ.

The guys thought up the name during one those late-night, drunken conversations at the La Teresita diner counter, lamenting the potential stress disorders beleaguering their feathered friends.

They released their first LP, Fat Boy Likes to Roll, in August 2008, songs that have swept crowds into a dancing fervor at Skipper’s, New World Brewery and other local music venues.

Nervous Turkey’s Old-New Testament of blues, punk and vintage twang, delivered by way of belligerent and possessed preacher-man Locke, gets crowds more heated than an Alabama church revival in July.

The band will help folks shake off some excess calories in advance when they bring the house down at 9 p.m. tonight (11/25) at Stoney’s Lounge, 1305 S 22nd St., Tampa. Opening the show is Sugardaddy.

After that gig, they Turkey will be on hiatus for a few months as Locke recovers from an impending rotator cuff surgery.

"My arm will be in a sling, he says. "I won’t be able to pick up an instrument but it will be a good time to catch up on writing some lyrics."

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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