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.