Rocky Votolato – Bragg and Cuss

“Jack Daniels in one hand / Basic Light in the other / My two best friends for so long that I can’t even remember” ~ Postcard from Kentucky

Are you fucking kidding me? If there was any such thing as a paint-by-numbers template for writing songs for me to like, that line right there would be on it.

Look, sometimes I look back at things I have written on here and think about how I could have gotten that point across in a much more efficient manner….I am god damned determined not to end up doing that with my review of this cd. This cd is perfect to get drunk alone to. PERFECT! To make sure, I waited until the wife was gone and got three sheets to the wind before doing this piece….sucks to be my volunteer editor tonight…[yes, yes it does- the volunteer editor]

“There’s some demon way down South some kind of confederate ghost. It holds me close and shows me where to go until I’m sure I’m lost…but some mistakes can’t be undone it’ll never be like it was and wishing for it only makes it worse.” ~ Red Dragon Wishes

I listen to this album when I have to drive late at night. It’s a bare-bones album where the bells and whistles and production tricks are set aside. The songs themselves are allowed to take center stage, and if you are alone with a whiskey drink and you turn it up just enough, it will feel like the songs written just for you.

Unlike Makers, this album features a full band consisting of James McAllister (Sufjan Stevens) on drums, Bill Herzog (Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter) on bass, Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion) on electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and percussion, and Rick Steff (Catpower, Hank Williams, Jr.) on Hammond b3, piano, and accordion. However, that Makers raw, to-the-bone emotion is still there. This cd is Essential Listening. My drink is empty and the cd needs to be restarted.

Check it out.

Rocky Votolato – Postcard from Kentucky
Rocky Votolato – Red Dragon Wishes
Rocky Votolato – The Old Holland

Rocky Votolato’s Official Site, Rocky Votolato on Myspace, Buy Bragg and Cuss

TAMPA/ST. PETE…GET OFF YOUR ASSES! Rocky will be playing The State Theater tonight. You can see him for mere twelve dollars. The doors open up at 7pm. If that isn’t your cup of tea join me at Ringside Cafe’ tonight for a blind date with Mr. Bryan Lee. It will certainly be a great night of Blues guitar, sweat and beer. DVR what ever shitty drama you were gonna watch tonight and get out to see some damn live music.

Bryan Lee – Tina Marie
Bryan Lee – Gave You What You Wanted
Bryan Lee – The Sky is Crying

One thought on “Rocky Votolato – Bragg and Cuss”

  1. yes i agree, i think that he is starting to sip from the same well as Slaid Cleeves.
    Speaking of drinking music, try road apples and up to here by the Tragically Hip

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