I’m every bit as gobsmacked by the untimely death of Tom Petty as you likely are. Stunning. To me, it’s up there with Prince and Bowie, a great loss and completely unexpected. Wasn’t he just on tour? For the most part, however, I’ve decided to get off the “rocker dies/write a tribute” train. I’ve been meaning to do a Petty series anyway and that will happen as soon as feasible. Still a celebration of his music but not quite in the way I had intended.
Time once again for the Music Enthusiast to come out of his cave and stop pretending it’s 1971. The New Music Revue is where I post a few songs I’ve been digging lately.
First up is a band with the lovely name of Dictator Ship. I don’t know a lot about them but what I do know is that according to them, they are a soul band playing rock music. The band was formed in 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Their biggest influences are Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. (That’s quite the combination.) They’re currently working on their first album which hopefully will be released this winter or early 2018.
Here’s “From the Womb to the Tomb,” a hot little number with a lot of the old ultraviolence in the video (No Soundcamp or Spotify on this one):
The Be Good Tanyas are a group from Vancouver who are listed as folk but who describe their music as alt-country or Americana. Two of the founding members, Jolie Holland (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist) and Samantha Parton (vocals, multi-instrumentalist) teamed up recently for an album called Wildflower Blues.
I kinda like the title song. It’s a blues for sure but it’s got a cool, seductive, laid-back feel to it. (Canadians are all so nice.) It’s even got a weird slide guitar (?) solo. (That opening lick reminds me of another song but I can’t think of it.)
As to the Be Good Tanyas, Wikipedia lists them as still together but they haven’t put out anything in about five years. Parton apparently had some serious health shit but as of this writing, she’s back out there. So dig this (this song is begging to be on the background soundtrack of some TV show or other):
Fellow blogger 2loud2oldmusic and I were chatting on my “State of Rock Today” post. We both discovered a band called Greta Van Fleet, a hard rock unit from Michigan that released their debut album in April 2017. (Pictured on top of post.)
Like Kings of Leon, this is a (mostly) family band with three brothers and another dude. I first heard them on satellite and my first thought was, “way too much time listening to Zeppelin.” But they rock so hard I completely forgive them.
Greta Van Fleet, BTW, is a real person, a woman who loaned her name to the band with her permission. (Leonard Skinner had no say in his choice.)
Here’s “Safari Song.” The singer’s voice falls roughly somewhere between Robert Plant and Ann Wilson. If you’ve been hoping for a new Zep, prayers answered: