Posted in music | pictures on April 3, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt

Corndawg & Ellis @ Mercury Lounge
Jonny Corndawg

Of all the unique characters at the South by Southwest Music Conference last week, few stood out like Jonny Corndawg.

A twangy song picker from rural Virginia -- "I never really quite fit in there, which explains a lot," he says -- the real-life Jonny Fritz made a striking figure physically in Austin, with his rail-thin frame under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. He was conspicuous musically, too, with a traditional yet rowdy, trucker-brand country sound and a status as one of Rolling Stone's 25 artists to watch at SXSW 2012. Part of the buzz is built on an upcoming album he just made at Jackson Browne's studio, backed up by his pals in the L.A. band Dawes.

Maybe the thing that made the Corndawg stand out the most was the tour vehicle parked outside his gigs. He drives a maroon Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with "Corndawg.com" emblazoned across the back.

"I've been saving up for that thing for about three years," beamed the broad-smiling countryman. [StarTribune]

And you should hear its horn! (it and its musical horn drove by me at least once at SXSW this year.)

As promised, the Jonny Corndawg / Robert Ellis / Shoves & Rope train, or should I say Sprinter, pulled into NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge last night (4/2). Here are some pictures. More below...

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Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

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Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg

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Comments (18)

hoez on his dick cuz he looks like Varg

Posted by sharktopus | April 3, 2012 6:37 PM

YANNY CORNDAWG

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 7:28 PM

redneck music that liberals can enjoy

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 7:30 PM

6:37 LOL

The Corndawg is awesome...saw him front Deer Tick last year @ SXSW. They need to make a record together!

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 7:49 PM

Corndawggie Style

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 8:16 PM

its too bad he acts like a hipster douchebag as he does have some talent

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 9:14 PM

Shovels and Rope should change their name to Camel and Toe

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 10:50 PM

shovels and rope are awesome, thanks for the pics

Posted by nate | April 3, 2012 10:52 PM

City folk always like fake hillbilly music novelty acts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 4:16 AM

Can somebody explain to me the appeal of this guy over here in Brooklyn/Manhattan, other than the fact that he opened for David Allan Coe almost two years ago and just ran with that for some dates playing here?

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:23 AM

9:23 i think i speak for the whole north brooklyn scene by saying he understands us

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:54 AM

11:54: lol how so?

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 12:01 PM

uhh he sympathizes with the struggle of white youth trying to become a culturally relevant creative in the mind of all races while fighting against a corporate dominated world looking to crush our soul and extract interest payments from us

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 12:09 PM

Wish I could shovel my face between those big ol titties on the chick from Shovels and Rope!

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 12:17 PM

fair enough, 12:09 lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 12:42 PM

Rural Virginia? He's from Charlottesville.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 5:23 PM

I will visit this place someday. I think many people are going in this place since the performers are really good.

Posted by CWD Construction | June 21, 2012 6:54 PM

I do say I really like this

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 6:59 PM

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