The Dustbowl Revival
rides a third rail. The band is true to the original Jump Blues and
Swing groove, but the musicians also reserve the right to go off on any
musical tangent that they deem fun and workable.
Les Claypool is primarily known for
fronting his band Primus, but he has also proven to be a diverse,
intelligent and unique bass player who can throw down with a variety of
other artists in a wide array of genres.
One spin through O’ Be Joyful
provides plenty of evidence as to what keeps drawing the faithful and
converting the uninitiated. Ranging from twangy Folk to amped-up Country
to full-bore Americana stomp, Shovels & Rope channel John Doe and
Exene Cervenka channeling Timbuk 3 channeling Johnny Cash and June
Kris Kristofferson has led a rich and
colorful life. And, at 76, he’s still going. Kristofferson’s latest album, Feeling Mortal,
is as soul-baring as anything he’s ever recorded, his craggy voice,
modest guitar strums and emotionally naked words as penetrating as
they’ve ever been.
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.
Thanks at least partially to our proximity
to Appalachia, Greater Cincinnati has long had one of the finest
Roots/Americana music scenes in the region. And the finest band from
that impressive batch of artists right now is Magnolia Mountain, the
band formed by Rock veteran and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist
Mark Utley about five years ago.