Kenneth Brian cut his musical teeth in metal and punk bands here in Florida. About a decade ago he decided he needed a change of scenery, so he packed up his bags and left for Nashville, Tennessee. When I first wrote about him back in 2007 he was playing Texas swing/roots country music. Well, a couple of weeks ago I noticed that Kenneth had released a new cd, Fallin’ Down Slow, so I ordered it up.
I was expecting more of the same when the cd showed up, and in one way it is. It’s still pure Texas country music coming out of Nashville, but on the other hand this is a much more mature effort than his previous releases. Tracks like “Southbound” probably couldn’t have come from Kenneth three years ago, but I’m glad they have now.
Kenneth Brian – Fallin’ Down Slow
Kenneth Brian – Southbound
Kenneth Brian – Wide Open Spaces
Kenneth Brian’s Official Site, Kenneth Brian on myspace, Buy Fallin’ Down Slow
I’ll be honest, any time I read “North Mississippi Hill Country style” to describe a band from the Northeast my “bullshit” alarm starts going off. By now you’d think the country music coming out of Brooklyn would have broken my prejudice of the Northeast, but I guess those judgments run deep. Honestly, had the band not provided a handwritten note with their cd, that description coupled with their location might have gotten Sterno Soup relegated to the big box of shit I need to eventually listen to. It certainly would have been my loss.
The trio of Jay Schefler (vocals/harmonica), Jim Chilson (guitar) and Dave Darling (drums) are indeed stuck in Boston, but they are also indeed playing some damned fine Hill Country blues. Despite being afloat in the land of the Irish bar band, their debut EP , Sterno Soup, has managed to catch a foothold in the community/indie radio market and it’s easy to see why. Recorded live without retakes and overdubs, it catches a hold of the primal blues power that you wanna hear on a Saturday night. So, check it out and let’s hope the full-length they’re in the process of recording carries the same energy as this brief intro to the band.
Ten Foot Polecats – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Ten Foot Polecats – Dead Shrimp
Ten Foot Polecats on myspace