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Pillow Talk with Well Worn Boot (Buffalo, NY): An Exclusive Interview

By Ann Marie Trietley, Music Columnist:

Thursday, 11:26 pm

I’m hanging around Tudor Lounge, enveloped inside a gin-infused mist, when I notice that everyone is covered in blood.

It took me awhile to notice, though. I was talking to a girl for ten minutes before she said, “Yeah, I was at the Gwar show, in case you’re wondering why I’m covered in fake blood.” “Oh, I just thought something was up with your face, girl! I’m not judgemental! But actually, I might be drunk.”

So, yeah, Gwar played at Town Ballroom a few weeks ago. But this article isn’t about Gwar. This article is about The Plainsman, a bonafide cowboy; Baby Buckingham, who sprang from his mother’s womb a fully-grown, 38-year-old man-child in jean shorts; Horse (he’s a mysterious one); and Billy Klubb, a reincarnation of a man who was hanged in an old Western movie with a burlap sack on his head. The four of them are Well Worn Boot, and they recently opened for Gwar at Town Ballroom, then played an after-party show at Tudor Lounge. They get more popular by the day, with frantic groupies to prove it.

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So at the Tudor, I bop The Plainsman over the head with his flute and accost Baby Buckingham, saying, “Hey! Come over to my bungalow for an interview sometime!” And that is how I came to sit down with The Plainsman and Baby Buckingham one evening.

Wednesday, 8:17 pm

“I just don’t have time to respond to every woman who comes on to me at this point,” The Plainsman says, chomping away on a mouthful of green grapes.

He is clad in a straw cowboy hat, which shades his eyes, and a tattered, barely-buttoned shirt  His feet are propped up on my kitchen table, showcasing a pair of stunning cowboy boots. Baby Buckingham sits next to The Plainsman, clad in a yellow tube top – confidently chosen a few sizes too small – and frayed denim short-shorts. He has curly blond hair and very round, rosy cheeks

The other half of Well Worn Boot – Billy Klubb and Horse – unfortunately could not make it to our interview. But with pint glasses full of Maker’s Mark and Diet Wedge cocktails, The Plainsman and Baby Buckingham tell me about Well Worn Boot’s origins. It all began somewhere between 15 and 36 years ago…

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“There were 15 years where no one EVER watched us,” The Plainsman drawls, ice cubes clanging in his glass. “It was like we would play show after show and there wouldn’t be a single person in the audience. It was incredibly difficult as artists to overcome a thing like that – to have the sort of conviction and whereabouts that your project IS worthwhile…”

“It was an absolute nightmare!” squeals Baby Buckingham.

The group began instant messaging locals, sending e-mails, pictures, invitations, salutations. (“Sometimes we’d just send a picture of us typing the e-mail,” Buckingham says.) This endeavor eventually led the band to being noticed on YouTube, reaching around 800 views, then accumulating 900+ friends on Facebook, not to mention popularity within Buffalo nightlife.

well-worn-boot-Buffalo-NY-2“We’ve been playing for a long long time, we’ve been drunk for a long time,” The Plainsman says. “A lot of this stuff is blurry. We’ve played hundreds and hundreds of shows – ”

“THOUSANDS!!!!!”  Buckingham cries.

“We get a lot of messages from women on Facebook – ”

“PICS! VIDS! Audio files!”

“And just general propositions. They send us inquiries into our general sexual, anything…”

“Practices!”

The current venture for Well Worn Boot is the upcoming unveiling of “Bumrush! Boulder, Colorado,” which The Plainsman shot during a cross-country bus trip he describes as a “mythological activity – creating folklore for myself.”

“The premise is me, the Plainsman – I get on a muthafuckin bus, ok,” he says. “I roll into Boulder, Colorado with a video camera and a backpack. You gotta understand, Boulder, Colorado is kind of, like, hoity-toity bongo scene. I go up there with these fuckin’ little Pepe le Pew hippie mothafuckas, and I stick a camera in their faces and I let them run their stupid little mouths.“

“Sometimes they’d look dumber than they were before,” says Buckingham. “And sometimes they’d look smarter!”

“The film is about video editing,” Plainsman says.

You’ll be able to become one with Well Worn Boot out in the fresh air of Silver Creek, when they play the Willow Creek Winery Aug. 30 for Wild Wild Fest. It’s a one night party lasting from about 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., with camping on site and performances by Lazlo Hollyfeld, Honey Spine, Funknut, Jack Topht, The Slyboots Drum Ensemble, and Paul Antonio Magic. Chicken, beer, and wine will be available, but BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent!)

While all members of Well Worn Boot thrive inside conventional venues and bars, they all bask in the wonders of nature and the great outdoors on the regular. The Plainsman describes himself as “spiritual” and Buckingham says he is “Impressionist, avant-garde.” Playing at an outdoor, off-the-beaten-path spot not only suits their individual styles, but will guarantee a new experience for fans as well.

“We can’t be tied down by women or convention, ” Plainsman says.

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After thoroughly discussing the band’s plans and projects, our conversation  turns to rules of modern etiquette, pet peeves, dating do’s and dont’s… all sorts of things. Most of it will remain off the record (sorry!) but The Plainsman and Baby Buckingham do have some time-tested adages to pass on to readers.

“Stop being a dick in public places,” Plainsman says. “My second rule of behavior – if you’re stupid, and you’re out to dinner – shut the fuck up! Don’t talk loud if you’re stupid and out to dinner. If you’ve got a dog, and it’s potentially dangerous, keep it on a leash when you’re walking down the street. You know what else I don’t like? Going into hipster coffee shops and not getting my shit for 45 minutes!”

“And what are these people doing riding their bikes in the street?” Buckingham adds.

“I’m sick of straight women deciding that they’re bisexual, just thinking it up one day, no. No!” Plainsman says. “Here’s the deal – these chicks, all of a sudden it’s 2006 and every hot girl in the world decides she wants to be bisexual because the dudes like it or something like that? It’s all about kissing girls when guys are viewing it -”

“To be real, it’s not like it’d be terrible to see that,” says Buckingham.

“But now girls are putting themselves down as bisexual on Facebook!” Plainsman yells. “I’m sick of hot girls, that are straight, deciding that they’re bisexual for the sake of being hot!

“Sometimes its ok,” Buckingham replies, biting into a Tostito.

With that, like all good things, the interview has to come to an end. Baby Buckingham and The Plainsman are gone, back from whence they came. To quote The Great Gatsby,  “So [they] beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Or something like that.

Be sure to check out the new Well Worn Boot comic series at www.wellwornboot.thecomicseries.com.

A number of photos were taken by photographer Michael Mann

Written by queenseyes

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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