In the late twenties Country duo Darby and Tarlton had some succes with their slide guitar ballads. “Birmingham Jail” is part of their Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton: Atlanta 1927-1929 recordings and tells the story of a man longing for a letter from his love. It approaches the poetic essence of Country ballads perfectly.
The bluesy sound in “Habbie Doobie” and “Pain” reminds you of two of the three kings in blues. Albert King and Freddie King would probably like these tracks as the show groove, funk, and soul in a blended mix of Southern Rock. We’re talking about The Texas Gentlemen who released their debut Studio album TX Jelly this September via New West Records.
‘A band Slowly Coming Together’
The band describes this record nicely “Sometimes, authenticity can sneak up on you. The first sounds you hear on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut studio album, TX Jelly, is that of a band slowly coming together.”
“Habbie Doobie” Blues and Funk inspiration
“Habbie Doobie” is remarkable for its grooving guitar riff, which reminds you of Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign”. Also, the Honky Tonk Piano additions in this track make you very happy. On their website you’ll read that it is “a low-slung piece of vintage country-funk that slams out of the speakers and announces the Texas Gentlemen as a force to be reckoned with”, I couldn’t agree more!
Hailin’from the capital of Country, Nashville, Tennessee the boys from Natural Child released their latest album Okey Dokey in september of 2016. The album title might sound like an ode to Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s song “Okie Dokie Stomp”, but there is no proof for that. What we do know is that Okey Dokey brings some fine Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Natural Child Influences from the 70s
Natural Child might refer more to Clarence Gatemouth Brown than you think. Both musicians did not make Blues but are clearly influences by roots and Blues. Like Gatemouth said: ‘I play American music Texas style’. This trio Does the same thinf and you will hear that in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll songs like ‘B$g P$mpin’, but you will also find folk Blues songs like ‘NSA Blues’ in their repertoire.