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"Knockando" LIVE
Written by Michael Hurley
Performed by Michael Hurley
and Billy Hults
LIVE at Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA


BILLY HULTS of The Holy Modal Rounders

Billy Hults was a member of the The Originals. He didn’t like to drive fast, feeling that the idea of one’s body moving through space at a speed higher than can be achieved by the feet was likely to be unbalancing. The devotion he showed to his writing and musical pursuits led him to found the anti-corporate, grassroots publication The Upper Left Edge newspaper out of Cannon Beach, Oregon, where he moved in the late 80s after a tenure of effective political activism and a round of playing in the Portland band scene of the 70s.

It was a pleasure to see him play with Michael, creating a perfectly off-kilter syncopation and knocking his bell where needed, rocking to the tune that contained them both. After a gig at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern back in 2005 (including the film’s opening performance of “Knockando”), Billy led us to a spot where a friend of his had made her amazing kingdom. The sheep were sleeping when we arrived, but the trees were very much awake, and inside the wooden house of secret-looking windows and built-in nooks was a gathering of amazing figurines made out of kelp pods. In the morning, Billy and Michael were languidly playing on some front porch instruments, getting ready for the trip back north.

Billy departed for places unknown in summer of 2009. Before his death, he put together an album of collaborative musical engagements: Billy Hults: An Anthology, including a recording of “Portland Water” from that night at the Tractor Tavern. It was a gift from Michael to have had the chance to meet this gentleman.


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