Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards
Since their St. Augustine debut in 2005, Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards has become an Old City staple. They started playing the monthly First Friday Artwalk at Saltwater Property Group, weekly gigs every Wednesday at Florida Cracker Cafe and sporadic appearances at the A1A Ale Works. Now they are popping up all over Saint Augustine and as far south as the Florida Keys. One of the reasons they’ve become so popular is their commitment to the audience. “We play full-tilt boogie no matter how many people are listening,” Hodge said. “It’s the audience that keeps me playing,” pandeiro player, Steve Mitherz, agreed. The triad doesn’t feel comfortable recording new material before they get fan approval. They prefer to play the song live a few dozen times before bringing it into the studio. Armed with a handful of catchy and pithy originals, Bert set out with his percussionist friend Steve Mitherz to busk his way into a St Augustine timeline ruled by Gamble Rogers, Will MacLean and a revered group of such worthies. Bassist Chris Clark showed up and sat in one night,, having fled a troubled existence as a thrash-metal bassman in south Florida. Chris, captivated by the idea of showing off his hot fingerwork while presenting some fairly peculiar viewpoints, soon joined the creative team with his own compositions. The band played bars and bar mitzvahs, weddings and wingdings, parties and potlucks. Somewhere along the way they encountered Mark Saunders, a seafaring sailboat captain/carpenter who played a mean fiddle, and they piped him aboard for the trip.