This week we celebrate the end of Rocktober with a mix filled with foot-stomping, guitar-gnashing, fun, fun, fun rock tunes. Kicking things off is The Mother Hips with a fantastic, explosive version of Two River Blues, followed by a recent recording of Anders Osborne doing a big thumping Black Tar. The opening suite ends with a ’98 version of Character Zero by Phish, and then we head back to NOLA for a new track from Brian Blade.
The drummer extraordinaire is best known in the jazz world for his Fellowship Band and decade plus as part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, but a few years back he released a gorgeous, largely acoustic singer/songwriter album called Mama Rosa. In the recent years, he’s reinterpreted much of that material with his Mama Rosa Band, a sublime unit that hits everything just right. The guitar work on this one is amazing. And finally we finish off with Zep doing What Is and What Should Never Be.