1983.07.08 Soup Bone
Local entertainment loupBoneis just partyini By Mary A. Dixon -Dally -Dally World Staff Writer These fellows have one reason for existence to party. That was the consensus of the members of Soup Bone, an Opelousas based rock band. Clarence Zimmer, guitarist, says, "Why do you go out on Saturday? You don't go out to vote. "The whole bit is one big party." In agreement with Zimmer were the other band members Mike Stanford, guitarist and vocalist; Barry Bihm, base and vocalist; Gary Sonnier of Port Barre, drummer; and Duncan Thistlethwaite, guitarist, vocalist and key boardist. The band began Jamming together in 1981 when it performed at the Tavern which was gutted by fire in '82. Thistlethwaite, also owner of the nightclub, said the Tavern considered Soup Bone the house band. The Yam Jam, an open air concert at the end of August, is another partying outlet for the band. The band is considering doing the Yam Jam again this year. Today, the band wanders throughout the parish looking for clubs to play. The Delta, located next to the sheriff's office and the new Jail, is the band's major booker. The Purple Peacock in Eunice and a club in Ville Platte sometimes hire the band. But wherever the band plays, it sticks with the same type of music. The members say they play the "classical top 40 selections." Stanford says, "We play a lot of Stones they will never go out. We-try We-try We-try not to be to mainstream and it has to please us. "Our sound is rock "n" roll and rhythm and blues." The group has no message for its audiences except "Let's party," according to Stanford. It shuns away tunes which try to cram messages and philosophies into the listeners. Thistlethwaite says, "People are intimidated with that stuff. We don't want to preach to anyone." The Soup Bone Thistlethwaite is the brother of Geoff Thistlethwaite of Bas Clas, a socio-political socio-political socio-political group. Presently, the band is playing (Please see Soup, page 2B) IW5 o u Z.I f -s -s ' j' " 5 (r, I A partying band Barry Bihm, Gary Sonnier, Mike Stanford, Duncan Thistlethwaite and Clarence Zimmer.