Radio Moscow Photo Bridget Christian (Flickr Shinymama)

Radio Moscow’s Blueswodka from Iowa

Radio Moscow’s Blueswodka from Iowa

Blues has always been the basis of modern music. Since music developed the genre expanded, but the style is still recognizable in a whole lot of ways. In the sixties the Rolling Stones, highly influenced by the blues took the stage, in the seventies Led Zeppelin joined, and in the eighties Slash brought the blues feeling with him in Guns ‘n Roses. A band that knows roots in today’s music and produce the fruits is Radio Moscow. A group of guys that know how to play the 1-4-5  schemes of the blues..

Radio Moscow Psychedelic Mud

Their song Lucky Dutch of the album Radio Moscow released in 2007 reminded me of Muddy Waters version of I Just Want To Make Love To You on the Electric Mud Album, a little bit psychedelic, garage, punk song  turned into a modern blueswodka from Radio Moscow. It is a fantastic introduction to these guys from Iowa

Screaming guitar from Iowa

Radio Moscow Photo Bridget Christian (Flickr Shinymama)
Radio Moscow Photo Bridget Christian (Flickr Shinymama)

They play their songs with the guitar power of Jimi Hendrix especially in songs like ‘250 miles’, they take the fucking time to spread that solos all the way. Parker Griggs is the basis of the band that was formed in 2003.  He plays that Screaming guitar in 250 Miles , but shows he is also a delta guitarist. For that sound: just listen to the song ‘Lick Skillet’ .

On their Website the power trio give away the formula: powerful, crunching Sabbathstyle chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian and plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet.

New Album Radio Moscow

On The 11th of December 2013 it was announced that the band was set to begin recording their latest album, it is expected to be released in 2014. It will be the fifth album of these Iowa Rockers. What I like about the band is the deep bass, the wild drums, and screaming guitar. They are one of the few bands that are able to perform in the beloved style of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Even Muddy Waters music is hearable in the sound of Radio Moscow. I really wonder how these guys would sound with and harmonica on top of all that violence. Conclusion: Absolutely worth listening!

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