If it’s possible to get drunk on sound
alone, The Whiskey Charmers’ intoxicating self-titled debut album will
do it. And it’s utterly unfathomable for me to comprehend how something
that sounds like a soundtrack to a spaghetti western’s most sexy boudoir
scene could possibly come from Detroit. And yet …
Band reunions can be joyful, fist-pumping
celebrations or dismal funeral services for long deceased entities that
should never have been exhumed. If you’re scoring at home, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the first new 6 String Drag album in 18 years, belongs deliriously in the celebratory category.
Ben Miller Band would be a perfect fit for a public goat ropin’.
Along with some more traditional instrumentation, like a drum kit or
acoustic guitar, the Ben Miller Band members will play a harmonica
through a 1960s home phone receiver with its cord still attached. Or
flush a washboard through a wah-wah pedal.
Many will remember Edward David Anderson
from the rootsy Rock band Backyard Tire Fire, in which he
wrote virtually every song the band performed and recorded. When the
group opened for Los Lobos a few years ago, Steve Berlin was listening backstage and was instantly impressed. That led to Berlin producing Anderson’s excellent new
album, Lies & Wishes.