More InformationPetunia & the Vipers are a spry, light-fingered bunch, at ease with both headlong rock’n’roll momentum and with the elegant contours of a languorous ballad.
They kick off their set with an affecting lonesome and ever so slightly Latino lament which takes its leisurely time before switching up to its scurrying, skiffly coda.
This Canadian troupe were skilled in inflecting their arrangements with a subtle hint of Tex Mex or zydeco flavour.
Willowy frontman Petunia, looking not unlike a less skeletal Hank Williams, kept his fluent yodel under wraps until relatively late in the set before applying liberally to some oldtime country tunes. The diversity of their repertoire was showcased with a stealthy version of Little Willie John’s rhythm’n’blues rocker I’m Shakin’, which dovetailed straight into a rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust that owed more than a little to Willie Nelson’s meandering take on the melody.
— The Scotsman
The charismatic lead singer Petunia is at his best leading the audience in a rollicking good blitz of high-octane rockabilly and bluegrass numbers. But minutes later, he will be equally at ease crooning his way through an old Hoagy Carmichael number from the 1920s.
The guy has the look – true, as it turns out – of a well-worn wandering troubadour, and he can yodel well - for a Canadian.
He and his band appear like something out of the 1950s. It’s not too difficult to imagine them opening for Buddy Holly or Bobby Darin. They are not afraid to improvise, often introducing a touch of Latino into a country or bluegrass offering.
And as if to prove their versatility and desire not to be take themselves too seriously, they may end with the old Harry McLintock classic Big Rock Candy Mountain – complete with cigarette trees and streams of alcohol.
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