Friday, September 24, 2010

This 46x18" print was printed in 4 runs on a Vandercook 219 Power Proving Press. By printing from both ends of the paper, the artists were able to create a print twice as long as the machine was originally intended to produce. Therefore, though these are only two-color prints, they actually traveled through the press 4 times to achieve the desired result. The poster celebrates the 9th Anniversary of the Ponderosa Stomp and lists all performers and sponsors by name.

Detail of Form on Press and the marriage of antique and new laser engraved wood type.

Detail of Line-Up print.

...and the whole town is talking about it, even the local news. Dr. Ira Padnos (Stomp Curator) and Jay Chevalier (official troubador of the State of Louisiana) are interviewed here, all the while displaying Yee-Haw prints that even fetched a comment from the anchorman.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This two-color letterpress print on chipboard was produced through the use of carved linoleum blocks, antique lead and wood type as well as newly manufactured wood type. Photo block of Duane Eddy was lazer-engraved into wood. The wood-block for the green flat was carved using a Wesel Radial Arm Router and finished using hand tools.

Form for Duane Eddy print in progress (see un-carved linoleum block)
Words on Duane Eddy from
Duane Eddy
’s reign as King of Twang took off with the album “Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel” which went to #5 on the charts in 1959. His sound came from his collaboration with a then DJ named Lee Hazlewood, driving hits like “Rebel Rouser” “Peter Gunn”, “Cannonball”, “Shazam” and “Forty Miles of Bad Road” and helping to popularize electric guitar. In 1994 Eddy was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" by way of YouTube.

Monday, September 20, 2010

This two-color dodger was hand-printed on a Vandercook SP-15 using antique lead and wood type and ornamentation as well as a routed wood block for the gold flat. The laser-engraved display type for "LIL' BUCK SINEGAL" was manufactured in house along with the photo-wood block seen in the form here.

Partial form on press for proofing to woo dblock for gold run.

Hand-set letterpress form for the lower portion of the print.
Words on Lil' Buck Sinegal from
The best guitar slinger South Louisiana has to offer, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal honed his chops as an Excello session man and Clifton Chenier's longtime guitarist. Revered for his work with Lil' Bob (of "I Got Loaded" fame), Rockin' Dopsie, and Fernest Arcenaux, Lil' Buck also recorded his own killer instrumentals - including "Cat Scream" and "Monkey in a Sack" - for the La Louisiane label in the late '60s. More recently, he co-founded the Lafayette-based all-star aggregation Cowboy Stew Blues Revue. In 1999, Lil' Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

Video of Lil' Buck Sinegal playing guitar with former members of Clifton Chenier's band.

Friday, September 17, 2010

This funeral-style fan was hand-printed on a Vandercook SP-15 using antique lead and wood type as well as a laser-engraved woodblock. The photograph employed comes from a scan of an original publicity glossy for the Trashmen.

Fan Form on Press

Detail of Hand-Set Lead and Wood Type
Words on the Trashmen from
The Trashmen’s deranged proto-surf rock launched in 1964 with “Surfin’ Bird”, later recorded by a gamut of bands, from The Cramps and The Ramones to Silverchair and thrash band Sodom. It makes perfect sense that one of the most stupendous surf bands would come from Minneapolis, thousands of miles from the nearest beach!

1963 performance and interview footage of the Trashmen on American Bandstand.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 15, 2010
Tennessee Valley Fair
Knoxville, Tennessee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sugar Pie Desanto Print for Ponderosa Stomp
This two-color letterpress print on Clay-coated Newsback was produced through the use of carved wood blocks, antique lead and wood type as well as newly manufactured wood type. Along with the wood blocks containing photographic information, the new type was produced in-house on a 100 watt laser engraver. The block for the blue flat (pictured below) was carved using a Wesel Radial Arm Router and finished using hand tools.

Routed and Hand-Carved Block
Words on Sugar Pie from
Sugar Pie Desanto
's career began at a talent show when Johnny Otis spotted her talent (she won) and offered her a contract on the spot. She joined his revue and he nicknamed her Sugar Pie. While she is best known for hits like “I Want to Know”, which hit #4 on the R&B charts in 1960, “Soulful Dress” in 1964, and duets with Etta James on “Do I Make Myself Clear” and “In the Basement, Part 1”, she is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Fontella Bass, Little Milton, Minnie Riperton and The Dells. Sugar Pie has also been known to bust out free standing back-flips on stage.

Video of Sugar Pie Desanto from a 1964 performance in England.

September 24-25, 2010 - House of Blues - New Orleans

The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, and soul. Founded in New Orleans and produced by the non-profit Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, a diverse group of music fanatics who have presented over 50 concerts with over 200 musical legends, the Stomp always succeeds in exposing rare musical icons to their adoring fans and to new audiences. The Stomp itself has now become legendary in reviving careers and giving a new lease on musical life to so many performers.

Yee-Haw Industries houses the offices of the Knoxville Chapter of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau and is a long-time sponsor of the Ponderosa Stomp. We've donated promotional pieces to the Stomp for years, and have just these past couple weeks had three presses running to produce 7 printed pieces for this year's event. Over the course of the next week leading up to this year's Stomp, we'll show you the work and spotlight some of the musicians featured thereon.

Ponderosa Stomp Official Site