The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 30, 2013

Chicken Tractor Deluxe will crow at Elk Creek Cafe



And Saturday’s gig will be filled with the thrill and danger of dueling drummers beating out tune after tune, an oddity only seen in western musicals.

“We’ll have not only our usual and excellent Gary Gyekis playing perfect drums and percussion, but the extraordinary jazz player Caroline Taylor on a kit of her own, hence: a two kit, four-fisted sonic assault,” he said  “We play some originals but we mostly mine the back catalogs of American vernacular music, blowing the dust off and the pipes out.”

What makes Chicken Tractor Deluxe something to crow about is the quality of the musicians in the band, including Jimmy James Baughman on upright bass and vocals, Nell Hanssen on guitar, trumpet and vocals, Gary Gyekis on drums and some other stray instruments that might be lying around.

High points for the band include organizing and hosting the great Harry Smith Festival at the Elk Creek Café for the past five years, playing in Ithaca with the band Freakwater in addition to playing hundreds of gigs all over Pennsylvania and New York.

Yet the gig that stands out as far as oddity took place last summer in Eagles Mere when the band sang “I’m Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,” with Graham Spanier in attendance.

Oddly enough, Shafft noted the band tends to play songs that people can hopefully relate to, if not crow about.


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