Tag Archives: Grenoble

Rodeo at altitude / Rodéo en altitude

Rodeo at altitude / Rodéo en altitude

Picture courtesy of zacdanslesbois.canalblog Last saturday night we took the combo high to perform at an altitude of 3800 ft.! The place is La Gélinotte, a small cafe/restaurant near the Freydières Lake in the Belledonne massif. We could have even used the mountain echo to produce our characteristic slapback sound. You can’t come here by […]


Rodeo on a pick-up truck / Rodéo à l’arrière d’un camion

Performing on a pick-up was usual for bands in America in the 50’s. That’s what we did at The 3 Brasseurs brewery/restaurant in Echirolles last thursday evening, on the pick-up truck parked inside the brewery. The TV sets in the room were broadcasting the basket-ball game that France was losing against Spain for the European […]

Bastille 2015~2

Unplugged rodeo at the Bastille / Rodéo débranché à La Bastille !

For the 3rd year in a row, from the beginnings of the festival « A La Bastille » organized by the theater group « Les Bleus de Sassenage » and its Great Helmsman Philippe Bazatole, on Friday 7th August we took the stage of one of the amphitheaters of the Bastille, that offer an amazing sight over the city […]

Freewheelin' at the Café Vélo / En roue libre au Café Vélo

Freewheelin’ at the Café Vélo / En roue libre au Café Vélo

Freewheeling ? Actually never when you’re on stage. We always sweat our notes, twanging, slapping and sliding out. But this time we stopped at the Café Vélo, a cyclists’ place in Grenoble as its name clearly states. It’s intended to be a shelter for cyclists who break their bikes, providing them not only parts and […]


Deadly gig on the campus / Concert « Mortel ! » sur le campus

Last saturday we performed a « deadly » gig! Not that we killed people by breaking their ears. « Deadly » (« Mortel ! » in french) was the title of the festival we played on the Grenoble campus with the partnership of Radio Campus Grenoble (home of Honky Tonk Live). The setlist was oriented on that purpose : except for […]

7 Laux

Double trouble / Un weekend pour deux (concerts)

We’ve performed twice this weekend. Friday was our first time outside the city since 2013, back to where our music comes from : country! We were warmly welcomed at Le Relais des 7 Laux in the small village of Froges, at the bottom of the Pra-Poutel ski resort. No better place to play our kind […]

Between bar and restrooms / Entre le comptoir et les toilettes

Between bar and restrooms / Entre le comptoir et les toilettes

Between bar and restrooms, that’s often where everything happens for musicians. The stage or at least the room left for musicians to perform, is traditionally positioned there. The drunk guy who’s heading for the urinal by radar will inevitably collide with a guitar neck. At L’Art-Ti-Cho though, the stage is slightly shifted from that critical […]


Storming of the Bastille / Prise de la Bastille

We stormed the Bastille of Grenoble, instead of the Parisian one, on the 5th August instead of the 14th July in order to cheat the enemy. Unplugged, we’ve offered our bio and green country, blues & rockabilly although we were performing close to an old building that once stored nuclear waste. For the second time […]

The good old days of Cold War / Le bon temps de la Guerre Froide

The good old days of Cold War / Le bon temps de la Guerre Froide

5th July 1954, atomic times… In the days of Cold War, rock’n’roll, an electric music, is spreading like a powder trail. On that summer day, Elvis is recording with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black his first record released on 45 and 78 rpm records. A-side: « That’s All Right, Mama », an old blues number […]

Le 69

Combo at 69 / Le Combo au 69

The Combo at 69 ? What is that ? 69 musicians in the Combo ? 69 people in the audience ? Was the Combo playing at an altitude of 69 meters/feet on Saturday ? Was the Combo performing at the 69th parallel beyond a polar circle ? Was the Combo driving at 69 km/h or […]


On stage at Bayard / Le Combo sans peur et un public sans reproche au Bayard

Last Saturday as a stop on our (de)tour in the city, we played at home at the famous Grenoble musical headquarters called Café Bayard. On the backroom stage, we performed our set while Bernie the place mayor was occasionnaly playing along his mandolin between two services behind his bar, adding a kind of stereo to […]


A night at Le Ness / une soirée au Ness

Vendredi soir notre (dé)tour dans la ville a fait étape au Ness. Nous avons dégainé nos flingues à cordes dans l’arrière-salle du café-restaurant russe de Sacha pour deux bonnes heures de jeu. A cette issue, comme désormais à l’accoutumée chez notre amie russe, nous avons eu droit à la restauration du cru et à la […]