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The Sheepdogs: The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs play the kind of scruffy, four-legged, round-up-the-flock classic rock and roll that’s totally worthy of their namesake breed. This is old school, bluesy, song-driven Southern rock and roll that was made to fuel long road trips and late night beer drinking, like the Allmans back when there were still more than one of ‘em in the band (by way of Saskatoon!), this is the real deal.
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has had a pretty busy year making his own music and magic with others. One of the projects is producing this album from Texas rockers Hacienda who have toured with the Keys and formed the backing band for Auerbach’s side project The Fast Five. Here the band is electric mixing just-distorted-enough guitars with a slinky organ groove. Sometimes just rockin’ out is just enough and there’s plenty of that here.
Spotify: Hacienda – Shakedown
King Tuff: King Tuff
You might want to grab a towel for this one, because Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff) has put out a sweaty, raucous album of garage-psych punk (or something like that). I’m seeing this start to get some critical acclaim, and it’s well deserved. Equal parts visceral and thoughtful, this is a good ass-kicking’s worth of rock and roll. To be played loudly right after quitting time on a Friday.
Jonathan Wilson: Pity Trials and Tomorrow’s Child
If you only have time for three songs today, you could to a lot of worse than Jonathan Wilson’s new EP. Wilson’s star is definitely and deservedly on the rise and these three tracks should go a long way toward proving why. Laid back Laurel Canyon vibe stretched out just enough with whirling organs and wizened guitar work. This is rock and roll perfection in three easy steps. Expect great things from Wilson sooner rather than later. Get involved.
Spotify: Jonathan Wilson – Pity Trials and Tomorrow’s Child – EP