The little engine that could is this band from Louisville, Kentucky named The New Rhythm And Blues Quintet, or NRBQ. I used to hear NRBQ in the early 80s on the great WHFS out of Bethesda, before it was sold to WTOP. I remember this band was quirky and funny, but clearly these guys were some seriously talented musicians. And not just a little bit of talent, but a whole boat load of talent. (more…)
“If you build it they will come”, so the saying goes. But if Deer Tick plays Baltimore, will the people show up? The answer is a unanimous yes. I am proud of my town coming out to support a great band. I was quite encouraged. If Baltimore Soundstage wasn’t sold out, it was pretty darn close. That place was packed last night. Not only did the boys play one set, they played two full sets! Set 1 was acoustic and Set 2 was electric. They are going back to The Grateful Dead in Radio City Music Hall in 1980. Deer Tick personnel can pull this off because they all have enormous talent.
I don’t usually highlight a single, I prefer reviewing EPs or full length albums. Having written that, I am compelled to review this single on its release date, which is today. Frances Luke Accord (FLA) has an extra base hit on their hands. Will it be a double, triple, or home run? Time will tell. It may go out of the park but that will take more time to determine and more data. ‘Maria’ is definitely on a nice trajectory, we just don’t know where it will land.
Have you ever heard of Chris Smither? If the answer is no, then the system has failed us. This is the 73 year old Smither’s 17th album which Smither has been making dating back to 1970. The man has had quite a career and Call Me Lucky illustrates that Smither still has plenty of gas in the tank. It is much harder making the 17th album than it is the first. The more one learns about a particular discipline, the harder it is to break the rules and continue to grow. Those stigmas do not apply to Chris.
When a classic act releases a new album, I sometimes get a little apprehensive. What if the new album is a clunker? What will it do to the legacy of said act? This is probably a little TMI when it comes to how my brain operates. Anyway, I have nothing to worry about when it comes to Top Of The World, 6 String Drag’s brand spankin’ new release. This album is solid from the first note to the last note, and all the stuff in the middle. (more…)
This ain’t your daddy’s blues. This is blues on steroids or HGH. Yes, it is blues, but Barrence and crew take it to new frontiers. There is definitely a healthy infusion of punk rock and even some jazz. Barrence and his crew know how to get the maximum amount of value and effect out of their instruments. Everything goes back to the blues, but this definitely has a lot more teeth and aggression that most of blues going around. This is blues you could slam dance to, if you were into that kind of thing. (more…)
I love writing about classic albums and will use any excuse to review anything in this weight class. When I found out High Hat was going to be reissued and remastered for the 20th anniversary of said album, I was ecstatic. It is much easier writing about an album that has a lot of history for obvious reasons. More familiarity leads to a more thorough review because I have a greater awareness. And, I get a chance to write about a topic I am quite passionate about.