Other than the much older generation
of Country music artists who are quickly leaving us, where do we turn
for real-deal Country music with an edge? One place to look is the
“Ameripolitan” sounds of the Austin Music Hall of Famer Dale Watson.
Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that
keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on
guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio
goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.
Stick Men is an all-star group of musicians that made
their mark in the Prog Rock and Fusion music worlds. The band includes
Tony Levin on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on guitar.
But all is not as it seems.
For all intents and purposes, Michael Franti’s songs
should be considered World music. While coming up playing Punk in the
group The Beatnigs and then moving on to Hip Hop sounds, Franti’s musical journey continues to
evolve while retaining attributes of all of those grooves.
Yes, folks, guitar-and-drum duos still exist in Rock &
Roll! In this case, it is the husband and wife team of guitarist and
singer Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner. Together, they make up the
band When Particles Collide.
With her latest album, Working Girl’s Guitar, Rosie Flores provides all of the guitar work to fully highlight her
axe-wielding skills. On Saturday night, Flores will bring her soulful
voice and classic fretwork to Newport for a special acoustic show.
Each member of The Spring Standards plays multiple
instruments: Guitar, piano and bass are accompanied by all three
musicians having their own drum kit onstage, connected in the middle.
Above that, of course, the group’s bright and infectious music is buoyed
by their lead and harmony vocals.