Boob scotch-drinking one man band oddity Bob Log III.
Boob scotch-drinking one man band oddity Bob Log III.
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records

Bob Log III Plays the Blues at Rhythm Room

At Bob Log III’s show, he probably won’t get shot out of a cannon. Rest assured, though, if the opportunity arises, he’ll be dressed for it.

The one-man-band’s ensemble is completed by a helmet that is rigged to include a telephone receiver microphone. While that headgear is certainly a focal point, once Log digs into his blues-punk tunes, your eyes get mesmerized by all the other goings on.

There’s the slide guitar work with some intricate finger picking, the drum section — operated by each of Log’s feet hitting corresponding pedals, and the throaty vocals that drip with sass and twang. Tunes like “Shake a Little, Wiggle it and Jiggle it Too,” “Boob Scotch,” and “Manipulate Your Figments,” throw this blues-tinged ’50s-style rock 'n' roll dance party into action.

Log, who grew up in Tucson, has been playing Delta blues since his teenage years, and was in a couple of other bands before going solo. From 1990 to 1996, he was one half of the lo-fi blues duo, Doo Rag, which spent a good chunk of time on the road supporting acts like Sonic Youth. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself on stage — or on Log’s lap, in particular — at the live show; it’s a common occurrence at his rowdy shindigs.

Bob Log III performs Saturday, May 26, at Rhythm Room. Tickets are $12 to $15 via ticketfly.com.

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