Donning a KFC bucket and a dialed back Friday the 13th mask is hardly a recipe for rock ‘n’ roll success…
That said, it’s worked out quite well for the artist known as Buckethead who headlines tonight the Beaumont Club in Westport. To the tune of 32 albums and a cult following that won’t quit.
"I love Buckethead," says Crossroads and Wakarusa promoter Brett Mosiman. "I’ll see him down on the mountain (Wakarusa in Arkansas) on Thursday."
What to expect at a Buckethead show?
"He’s in costume and in character," Mosiman says. "And he’s got crazy guitar skills. He’s kind of a freak – he’s got eight-inch fingers and plays an incredible guitar. He’s been a Wakarusa favorite for a long time."
Buckethead generally performs as a solo artist, dialing robot dancing and nunchucks in a show that ranges from blues and metal to funk, jazz and bluegrass. And more.
And if Wikipedia is to be believed, "Buckethead’s persona represents a character who was ‘raised by chickens’ and has made it his ‘mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe.’ "
Take that with a grain of salt, Mosiman says of the regarded guitar virtuoso.
"It’s not about the chicken shit, it’s about anonymity," Mosiman says. "He’s very, very shy. And he keeps his identity hidden. Even our stage managers don’t know who he is."
For what it’s worth, Buckethead’s real name is Brian Carroll and it appears that he’s 42 years-old.
Meanwhile, if you’re out and about today and see a freakishly tall dude about 6’6" tall with long, really long hair, slender fingers and a sweet disposition…