Skip to comments.Once Again, a Little Rock From Arkansas [Gov Huckabee and the FR Inaugural Ball]
Posted on 01/17/2005 2:10:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
He (hearts) rock-and-roll: Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won't just be another Republican party animal during inaugural festivities. He'll be part of the entertainment. Huckabee brings his rock band, Capitol Offense, back to Washington this week to play at a ball put on by Free Republic, a conservative news and activism Web site.
"We played four years ago," the bass-playing governor told us. "It's one of those wonderful situations where it's rare to be invited the first time and even more rare to be invited back." The band's three-hour set will include boomer-pleasing songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Eagles.
The eight-man Capitol Offense formed shortly after Huckabee took office in 1996. They're all state politicos -- "just some guys going down to the basement of the governor's mansion and jamming," he said. But now the band is polished enough to have opened for Willie Nelson,Percy Sledge, .38 Special and Grand Funk Railroad this year alone.
Must be some heavy musical mojo flowing through that Arkansas mansion. Former governor Bill Clinton enlivened his own inauguration in 1993 by playing "Your Mama Don't Dance" on the saxophone. "We don't have a sax player," Huckabee noted. "Maybe we can get him to sit in sometime."
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Now those are songs I can relate to. I think I'm gonna love this! Correction...I KNOW I'm going to love them!
What? No Linda Ronstadt or Dixie Chicks?
Can we invite Kid Rock? ;-)
"We're getting the band back together. We're on a mission from God!"
LMAO! A classic line!
I am, like, totally pumped for this.
(Ecch! Did I say that?)
Hey, I thought Huckabee was a good Southern Baptist...Doesn't that require you to play either country or western?
It was one heck of a party four years ago. This Thursday is going to be a lot of fun again!
They were outstanding four years ago and I know they will be even better this year. They are a super group. Looking forward to Thursday!!!!!!
BTTT: From the same movie, Donald 'Duck' Dunn: We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.
I can sit in on drums/vocals if anyone needs a bar break ;)
My other favorite quotes from the Blues Brothers:
"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses"
"It's got a cop motor: a 440 cubic inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is this the new Bluesmobile, or what? "
Used to have a '73 400CU Chevy Caprice Demo Model Beast. Bought it after my final motorcycle crash. What a tank!
It got taken out by a Philly snowplow during an ice storm (unbeknownst to me). They towed it off the lot and stole all my Craftsman tools as part of the RAT-city deal.
Nice mix of bands...do they have a CD out yet?!
The Post said something nice about us. Well, they didn't say anything bad about us. We're making progress.
I wonder if Condoleeza Rice read her Post yesterday?
Caught part of Governor Mike giving the Arkansas State of the State address the other day. Good speaker plus he quoted local hero George Brett. Really wish I could be there Thursday ;-(
It must be pretty neat to have your own high powered security around your band all the time.
This is one party I am really, really sorry I have to miss.
Y'all have a good time for me!
Though we could use your manpower on the parade route, we'll also miss you at the Ball. We'll raise a toast in your honor.
What? No Linda Ronstadt or Dixie Chicks?
We're headed out this morning (01/18). Looking forward to it.
My family and I plan on standing with other Freepers during the parade. Are any tickets necessary to access this area? Thanks.
Eugene H Scott (Earlysville, VA)
Leeeaving on a jet plane woops I mean train...rto
Doing just fine, TYVM. Schedule too crowded to make this Road Trip, and I know I'm gonna regret it, but just cannot get away.
FReegards to all!
Getting excited here! :)
C U at the ball!
Hey there my friend--dance one for me and the mister, please? Wish we could go...we want to celebrate our first Bush vote together!
(watch out for those libbie protester types)
free dixie HUGS,sw
Flight leaves at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (19th). Hate early mornings, but getting excited about the whole trip.
Love the choice of music.
Bless your little pea pickin' heart- bump ! (leaving in hours)
I am sooo looking forward to this trip. Initially, I thought "boomer" music meant 50s and early 60s rock and roll. Now that I realize we'll be celebrating to the great music of my teen+ years, I am really excited!! Can't wait to see all y'all.
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