While Soundgarden had their “Spoonman” Artis, Dave Grohl now has his “Spoonlady”. The legendary Foo Fighters frontman Grohl played with his ‘Dave Grohl and Friends’ supergroup on Saturday night in Asheville, and he was joined onstage by Abby the Spoon Lady.
Abby the Spoon Lady, born Abby Roach, is an American musician, radio personality, and free speech activist. Her music focuses on the American roots genre. She tours with one man band Chris Rodrigues.
Artis the Spoonman is an American street performer and musician from Seattle, Washington, who uses spoons as a musical instrument. He frequents the Pike Place Market accompanying singer/songwriter and guitarist Jim Page with his collection of spoons of different shapes and sizes and materials spread out on a blanket. He recorded “Spoonman” with Soundgarden, a song written by Chris Cornell, and named for and featuring Artis. He played the spoons in the song and appeared in the music video.
Grohl and friends performed his 23-minute song “Play” at the Asheville show. The lineup includes: Dave Grohl: drums, Greg Kurstin: keyboards, Alain Johannes: guitar, Jason Falkner: guitar, Barrett Jones: guitar, Chris Chaney: bass, and Drew Hester: percussion.
Grohl played with Alain Johannes in Them Crooked Vultures. Johannes was also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and Chris Cornell Band. Chris Chaney is the bassist of Jane’s Addiction, Barrett Jones recorded some of Dave Grohl’s earliest work, and Greg Kurstin produced Foo Fighters’ latest record Concrete and Gold and is a member of The Bird and the Bee. Jason Falkner has played with Jellyfish and the Three O’Clock, while Drew Hester has played with Foo Fighters, Jewl, and Chicago on Percussion, and he has drummed with Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks, and Beck.
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