The Dough Rollers play Alt Cafe in Seaside.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Jack Byrne, son of Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin, and Malcolm Ford, Harrison’s son, met in a New York City club. Their chemistry was a product of hate and love.
“We hated everybody there so we started hanging out,” Ford says. “That was the beginning of our friendship.”
From there the two, both avid collectors of vinyl 78s, found they had a mutual love of music.
Then came an education. “[Byrne] is quite the musicologist,” Ford says. “He started teaching me guitar and pushed the curse onto me of becoming obsessed with Delta blues.”
Most of the lessons involved sitting around Ford’s apartment drinking and messing around with the guitar.
“He taught me essentials and we started learning songs,” Ford says. “I would definitely recommend Jack as a teacher.”
“And I’d recommend Malcolm as a student,” adds Byrne.
Eventually, the Dough Rollers, playing Seaside’s Alternative Café on Saturday, were born. (Local guitarist Tommy Faia opens in support of his debut album.)
With hints of the muddied, electrified blues of the Black Keys and the White Stripes, the Dough Rollers can kick ass as a duo, but since the release of Someday Baby, the follow-up to their self-titled debut, they have added a full band.
“It’s electric and loud,” Byrne says.
Last year the Rollers toured with Bob Dylan, whose appearances included a sellout show at Monterey County Fairgrounds. Byrne describes the tour as nerve-racking but incredible.
“Experience of a lifetime,” Ford adds.
He says Dylan extended some words of encouragement: “Keep on rollin’.”
THE DOUGH ROLLERS plays 8pm Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Alternative Cafe, 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. $15. 583-0913.