“The maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America”
These Guys have often been described as “The maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America.. a rockabilly version of the Sex Pistols.” Alsof frontman J.D Wilkes The “last greatest Rock N Roll frontman”.
The Shack Shakers sure made name for themself, and luckily, last June I had the pleasure to see these guys live on stage which was a fantastic Rock N Roll experience.
The Hooten Hallers are specialists if it comes to hillbilly blues with a happy sound. The Columbia, MO trio are known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows, criss-crossing their way through North America and Europe with their seemingly endless tour schedule. Last year they released their latest EP Mountain of Pain in 2016 and are back with a new record called “Hooten Hallers”.
The Hooten Hallers 2016 EP Mountain of Pain
“Methamphetamine Romance features some of the “finest New Orleans blues influences. You might think Dr. John visited the studio to record this song alongside the Hooten Hallers. Like most of their songs, “16 Gallons” also contains happy grooves. The lyrics are like most blues good songs about finding your woman with another man,
When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party!
Hit song “40 Oz to Memphis”
“Six Feet To The Ground” is maybe the bluesiest song you’ll find on Mountain of Pain. It may remind you of the slower songs Howlin’ Wolf made back in the day. The hit of this album for me is “40 Oz to Memphis” which contain unlike other songs a leading violin tune. The melodic duo vocals are most hearable in the catchy “40 Oz to Memphis” chorus.
Hooten Hallers Influences from blues to dark Americana
The band self-describes “the myriad of influences in their music range from pre-war blues to punk rock to dark Americana, with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. In the same vein, the Hooten Hallers’ music isn’t quite Americana and it’s not quite punk, but a bit of both, fused together in a drunken tangle”.
Back in the day musicians performed under different names. The bluesman of this post had quite a few. He is best known as Kansas Joe McCoy and further performed as Bill Wither, Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, and the Mississippi Mudder. But above all, he recorded some of the best pre-war blues songs like his hit “When You Said Goodbye” in 1940.
Kansas Joe Mc Coy and Memphis Minnie
Joe Mc Coy recorded several songs in the Twenties and recorded with his wife Memphis Minnie in the thirties. In the late thirties, he divorced Memphis Minnie while they lived in Chicago. So to get his music going he teamed up with his brother to form the Harlem Hamfats.
The Harlem Hamfats “The Weed Smoker’s Dream”
In 1936, the Harlem Hamfats released their recording of the song “The Weed Smoker’s Dream”. According to the bluestrail.com “The original line up also included Herb Morand from New Orleans, Odell Rand and John Lindsey, also from New Orleans, and drummer Pearlis Williams and pianist Horace Malcom from Chicago. They were also joined from time to time by Johnny “Geechie” Temple, a long time friend of the McCoy brothers”.
Jazz Standard “Why Don’t You Do Right”
This song would later become an absolute standart. Mc Coy, changed the lyrics and retitled the song “Why Don’t You Do Right?” for Lil Green, who recorded it in 1941. ” Why Don’t You Do Right?” remains a jazz standard and is McCoy’s most enduring composition.
They Hail from San Diego and describe their music as “a hormonally charged garage-surf-punk mess of driving rhythms and reverb-drenched riffs with 50’s rockabilly references as fresh as the faces of this San Diego band”. The Frights deliver catchy songs the more you listen.
The Frights try to mix elements of surf, classic punk, and doo-wop. This mixed drink of genres results in a catchy but aggressive sound, and how they self-describe “playfully ridiculous all at once.”
From The Misfits to Buddy Holly
Out of your speakers, this sounds like a collaboration of bands like The Misfits, Dick Dale, Buddy Holly and Joe Liggins. Especially the fifties Rock ‘n Roll and Doo Wop influences are pretty well composed.
In their lyrics, you’ll find themes like love, and all the desire to have a better life. Like in old 50s cruising Rock ‘n Roll songs you listen in your car on a Sunny day, the Frights let you get a smile out of these songs.
The Frights formed in 2012 as a time-killer project
The Frights were formed in 2012 by lead vocalist/guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard Dotson, and drummer Adam Lomnitzer as a simple time-killer project following the trio’s graduation from high school.
With a fresh new album the Blues is once again in the perfectly unsafe hands of Left Lane Cruiser. Oh Yeah! This new full-length studio album called, Claw Machine Wizard is what I really looked forward to. You’ll find 10 songs of gut-stomping’ heavy blues from this Indiana-based band.
Left Lane Cruiser ‘s Claw Machine Wizard stands out for its diversity
Claw Machine Wizard really stands out for its diversity. Expect crazy riffs, Changing tempo’s, heavy vocals and gritty edges on this album. Overall you’ll hear in all songs the Left Lane Cruiser trademark but as an album individually you’ll find out these Guys went into a new direction on Claw Machine Wizard.
Left Lane Cruiser – Still Rollin’
Left Lane Cruiser back to duo format
This is already the seventh studio album for Alive Naturalsound Records from the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based blues rockers. Founder Freddy J Evans IV (guitar/vocals) has returned to the duo format the band has been known for since their inception over 10 years ago (save for the expanded three-piece on their last album of new material, Dirty Spliff Blues). The decision to pare the band back down was made by Freddy. “Left Lane Cruiser was born as a two-piece and our attack and style of blues just works better as a duo,” admits the frontman in their official press release.
Claw Machine Wizard gets better every time
Claw Machine Wizard gets better every time you listen to it. You’ll find at least 4 hits on this album and they’re worth listening all day. “Still Rollin'” is a song based on a heavy blues riff and further contains some fantastic lyrics. “Booga Chaka” stands out for the slide guitar based groove. “Liquor Store” starts as a slow blues song but then quickly turns into a wall of sound. Here they also show how to bring a guitar solo like real Rock ‘n Rollers. “High Maintenance” is one of the grooviest songs on this album and here I really like how the vocals complement the music so fucking good.