The Love That Won't Shut Up
August 17, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
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On Halloween night 1992, a skinny, gravel-voiced man in a blue dress and horn-rim glasses took the stage at a tiny Atlanta dive bar/strip club along with his band, The Opal Foxx Quartet (which was not a four-piece; around a dozen people crowded the dark, low-ceilinged space). This would be their final show
, and it's a barn-burner.
The then-recent death of Quartet member Deacon Lunchbox
, a redneck poet and percussion enthusiast
, in an auto accident which also killed two members of the band The Jody Grind
, led the band to call it quits. Almost immediately some of the members, including Benjamin (who dropped the "Opal Foxx" name but kept his love of cheap dresses) formed a new band under the name Smoke
, who would continue the Opal Foxx Quartet's local success until Benjamin's death in 1999. The documentary Benjamin Smoke
would try to tell the strange story of this strange man and his music the following year.
A few more Opal Foxx and Smoke vids: 1 2 3