It's hard to get past initial impressions, especially when it comes to band names. Even worse when you check the band's Facebook page and see that they've adopted a band logo. So, you gotta know, when I see a band named White Trash Blues Revival, I'm skeptical as all get out, already thinking "Oh, brother". But, credit is due Big Rock Candy Mountain. It was their description of the band that convinced me to listen. One selling point: homemade instruments. That's always good for keepin' it real. In this band's case, you've got the gutbucket (the thing with a broomstick, washtub and one string), a drummer banging on kegs, pans and whatnot, and a guitar player utilizing a lap steel made from a skateboard (see above). Wait, a skateboard?!? Why couldn't have been a cigar box, or something else more historically funky? Regardless, I'd already invested several seconds of my precious time reading the blurb, so I gave it a click, and you know what? This band with a stupid name and needless logo? They kick ass.
Big Rock Candy Mountain, the hosting blog, did several posts in a row, counting down their favorite records of 2013. Most, if not all, from independent labels, and the majority vaguely roots oriented. Some are a little cliché, but all are far from the wretched "indie band" pool. Click around, there's a lot of random rawness. Really, if you're going to do a "best of" post, this is the way to do it. Big fat bonus points for including my friend and yours, Reverend Tom Frost, at #14.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
White Trash Blues Revival - Dimestore Salvation mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
The Oblivians - I'll Be Gone mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds - Loud and Proud mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
Ten Foot Polecats - Moonshine and Mud mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
Reverend Tom Frost - Gotta Travel mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
Big Rock Candy Mountain's Best of 2013 #1-10
Big Rock Candy Mountain's Best of 2013 #11-20
Big Rock Candy Mountain's Best of 2013 #21-30
Big Rock Candy Mountain's Best of 2013 #31-40
Big Rock Candy Mountain's Best of 2013 #41-50