Harold “Happy” Chichester, former frontman of Howlin’ Maggie, bassist for Royal Crescent Mob and auxiliary member of The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers, is silly. One expects such silly behavior from the likes of musicians whose personalities are more bombastic than their musical acumen (read: Kanye)
. One might be tempted to think Chichester’s status as a area Rock legend might not be well deserved as a result on his antics.
If so, obviously you haven’t listened to him. Chichester’s regional dominance is supreme because he’s a fantastic human being and even better performer. He’s like a homegrown Ryan Adams with little more soul and a harmonica a la mode. His songs are rich with Midwest emotion, longing and ire, often set to swampy, bluesy guitar or piano.
See him at the 20th Century Theater with Roger Klug.