Folk quartet heads to Glenwood with gloves, ‘Blonde Heads’ in tow
New, big, yellow, double-criss-cross, poly-gripped gloves alone probably haven’t made many bands famous, but they come close with Dakota Blonde. Dakota Blonde’s loyal following, known as “Blonde Heads,” has been donning new, big, yellow, double-criss-cross, poly-gripped gloves at shows ever since a fan took an interest in “The Ballad of Mary’s Car” and started bringing pairs of the gloves for everyone in the audience. Mary is Mary Huckins, Dakota Blonde’s blonde, South Dakota-born singer. Her car is a Dodge Omni with 312,523 miles. It once held a pair of new, big, yellow, double-criss-cross, poly-gripped gloves.And according to the song, it also held boomerangs, stuff that hangs, charcoal for the back grill, guitar strings, water wings, hardware, yardware and a real live mouse. The mouse lived for six months in Huckins’ car, said Dakota Blonde’s guitar player, Don Pinnella.”The Ballad of Mary’s Car,” which started out as just a fun, goofy song, is now a centerpiece of Dakota Blonde shows, just like Huckins herself. Huckins has “a golden throat,” Pinnella said – one so unique and powerful that Power Picking Magazine said it’d “melt the chrome of a bumper.”Hearing it makes you think that it really would, if she stood close enough. Huckins’ voice is the centerpiece of Dakota Blonde, though Pinnella and bassist Tony Raddell hold their own. Dakota Blonde started a bit by accident.All three members were music therapists at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, when they started playing together and released their first album in 1997. Since then they’ve grown to a touring act, opening for Nickel Creek and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They spend a lot of time playing in Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas – with Blonde Heads and new, big, yellow, double-criss-cross, poly-gripped gloves in tow all the while. What: Dakota BlondeWhen: 7 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Glenwood Springs Eagle Club, 312 E. Seventh St. Tickets: $15 at Book Train, Sounds Easy, Great DivideInformation: 928-0906
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