Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill
Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
Just a few weeks ago, Daylight was out on
the road with Bayside, Four Year Strong and Cincinnati’s very own
Mixtapes, tearing things up good and proper and getting great notices
for their efforts. Apparently, lawyers were paying particular attention,
Supergroups are problematic in that egos
and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical
combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution
phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own
particular series of pitfalls is the
musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to
be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their
lineup reflects both situations.
Seven years ago, six like-minded
residents of Greensboro, N.C., assembled around the concept of wanting
to channel their classic Rock & Roll influences into an acoustic
Folk/Jazz/Soul stompathon. The sextet christened its newly minted
aggregation Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
Girls Guns and Glory is an unusual entity
in this day and age, a fairly normal band that rides the rail of the
early Country music influences found in Rock & Roll. Still, they are
modern in their sensibilities and are not a part of the current retro
trend in roots music.
Given his raspy delivery, spare acoustic
guitar accompaniment, erudite wordplay and numerous Tom Waits videos
posted on his Tumblr page, it’s easy to draw a line between Seattle
singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen and the world’s most famous boho
troubadour. Too easy, perhaps.
Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty
topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as
Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face
of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned
in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his