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Juke's Uncle Scotchy on Being Misquoted in the Press and Suicide Sessions

Eric Garcia, AKA Uncle Scotchy, is the lead vocalist and harmonica ace of Juke, a Miami-based postblues band. Scotchy is Garcia's alter-ego/one-man band in which he creates sound sitting on a cajón, accompanied by a high-hat, guitar, and harmonica. He confessed it's "just boring to have 'Eric Garcia' playing live."

Juke is coming off the heels of a marathon 41-song recording session. The reason for the intensity, he explains, is that the rhythm section became suddenly busy, and he and Evan Lamb, the band's guitarist and backup vocalist as well as the session's engineer, needed a way to get new players up to speed fast.

"There are just so many people in Juke -- half of Miami's musicians have been in it at one point or another -- so instead of showing people the songs that we do one by one and because it's hard to get everyone together in the same room to rehearse, we decided to knock this out in one or two days," he says. "It turned into a grueling thing; that's why we're calling it the Suicide Sessions." So in essence, this is the band's complete canon.

To Garcia, content is more important than profit, so he figures as soon as the songs are mixed, the band will release one free song every week. The tracks will be issued on Tuesdays through Facebook and the band's website.

For now, the band is excited to be playing a string of shows, from Poorhouse to Guananbanas in Jupiter to Aura Music Festival in March and Wanee Festival in April. For Juke, Garcia explains, one of the best parts about playing Wanee is the mobile stage. "All these people start coming out of the fuckin' forest and just start following you, driving around real slow." They even throw joints at the band.

Another perk: free moonshine. "One of the guys I sold tickets to really appreciated that I sent him them on good faith. And he told me that he had the best moonshine in Florida, and I said, 'Yeah, whatever.' " But the guy showed up with pictures of his operation and two jars of it -- peach-flavored and one that tasted like rubbing alcohol. Garcia later used some of it to help a struggling pack of musicians light a fire for warmth in the backstage area. "Ten musicians trying to light a fire is pretty ridiculous, but we couldn't get it going. So I spit a little bit of the moonshine, and it caused a huge explosion!"

We asked Garcia about a WLRN article he was quoted in a few months back titled, "Wanna Hear Rock 'N' Roll? You Might Have To Leave Miami," and whether or not he felt it represented him well.

See also our response to the article: No, WLRN, You Don't Have to Leave South Florida to Hear Rock 'n' Roll

When asked about the negative feedback, Garcia said, "That was fucking bullshit. I was misquoted in the piece. Rock is a tough sell in Miami, yes, but it's a tough sell anywhere. What I said was, I see it doing really well in Miami. Why would I say that? I if believed it, what the fuck am I doing booking bands for a living anyway?

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