May 19, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: May 19, 2013

The new Sonny & the Sunsets record is a country record. It’s a break up record. Love and Heartache. Every song was written during and is about his break up with his girlfriend of ten years.The songs came fast and naturally so Smith let the next record be something different, he embellished his Sunsets with members of his country band The Fuckaroos. Recorded to tape in a musty beer stained basement, what transpired was a classic country record.Smith grew up listening to old time music, his dad is a banjo player and his parents and friends played old time music. “It was around the house, but I didn’t like it!” recalls Sonny. “My dad played banjo and his friends would come over and play fiddle and mandolin. But I would go watch tv or listen to AC/DC.”However, some kind of country strain sank in. Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, a little Johnny Cash, even the countrier side of the Kinks – there are hints of all of these in the new record and yet ultimately it still remains a Sonny & the Sunsets sound through and through.

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Released , the follow-up to 2011’s excellent “Rancho Alto” showcases the worn-leather baritone of singer/songwriter/guitarist Boland as well as the hard-earned musicianship of his road-tested red dirt outfit, which includes guitar, pedal steel and resophonic guitar player Roger Ray, bassist Grant Tracy, drummer Brad Rice and fiddler/mandolin player Nick Worley.

More than that, the album, which Boland coproduced with Shooter Jennings, son of the legendary Waylon Jennings, affirms the band’s dedication to its hard-core country sound, folk songwriting sensibilities and outlaw country attitudes.

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isrIsrael Nash Gripka was born and raised amongst the sightly and unsightly scenes of the backdrop of the Midwest, where cattle outnumber people and dirt roads hug the country side. Watered daily with old school country and receiving the nutrient rays of rock ‘n’ roll, Gripka has developed roots strong enough to not only hold his own as a singer songwriter, but also strong enough to grab the listener by the foot and put them on the ground.
Beginning by fronting numerous band projects, Gripka has now embarked on his solo endeavors and in doing so has relocated to New York City. Gripka’s solo debut, New York Town, serves up a portion of tasty Americana music that is backed up by a stellar band of swirling organs, quivering pedal steel strides, gospel infused harmonies, and well seasoned percussion. Taking lead is Gripka’s commanding voice which sounds most like a rusted out steam train that is coming to either pick someone up or run them over.

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FrontTracks :

1. Turn Me Round
2. High Time For A Detour
3. Diet Of Strange Places
4. Got The Bull By The Horns
5. Watch Your Step Polka
6. Rose Garden
7. Tune Into My Wave
8. Angel With A Lariat
9. Pay Dirt
10. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray

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lighBummer alert! For those half-to-fully-baked music fans who gloriously tripped on Mr. Stephen McBean’s wild retro-rock ride, Black Mountain, don’t go expecting a similar buzz from sobering side project Lightning Dust. Sure, they sound like they’re named after a volatile drug combination (PCP and pop rocks?), but as Lightning Dust, Black Mountaineers Amber Webber and Joshua Wells seek better living through histrionics, not chemistry. Fortunately, they didn’t also kick their awesomely nasty late 60s/early 70s rock habit, making their self-titled debut just as potent a blast from the past as their full-time band.
Webber’s dour vocals attracted some criticism on Black Mountain, and in the context of that free-wheelin’ album, the gripes are somewhat fair. However, with opening track “Listening On”, Webber and Wells make no bones about the pall cast over their new incarnation. Like nearly every track on the LP, you can count the total instrument and vocal parts on one hand, a compositional illusion that seems to catapult Webber’s stark quivering wails out of your speakers. Even ghostlier, the absence of percussion and other auxiliary touches helps to create ephemeral melodies that materialize briefly, only to vanish at the delicate touch of an organ key.

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