MUSIC: Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons Put The Met Into a Frenzy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


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Frontman Joe Fletcher drives the rock & roll bus on stage at The Met in Pawtucket. Photo: Caity Sherlock.

The Met in Pawtucket was the place to be this past Saturday for awesome music that promised to make the crowd's hips shake, head nod and mind blown. Samantha Harlow, Spirit Family Reunion and Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons starred on a bill that's chock full of magnificent talent and emphatic tunes. Souls were saved with rock & roll, making for a liberating experience that stuck to your conscience like glue.

Samantha Harlow

Nashville's Samantha Harlow wowed the audience with her beautiful voice and heartfelt lyrics to go along with the strums of her acoustic guitar. "Diamond In The Rough", "Hello Heartache", "Lay Me Down", "Marie", a cover of Loretta Lynn's "I'm A Honkey Tonk Girl", "Fairy Tale" and "Telephone Call" highlighted a lovely performance that set the show off perfectly. Samantha has a new album named Love Letters currently available, a little stocking stuffer for your favorite music lover.

Spirit Family Reunion

By this time a massive amount of people crowded around the stage because New York City's Spirit Family Reunion was on stage with their folk rhythms that made everyone cut a rug on the hardwood floor. With Nick Panken and Mat Davidson's dueling rustic vocals to go along with Panken's acoustic guitar and Davidson's fiddle playing, Spirit Family Reunion has an infectious sound that makes you feel like you're in an old-fashioned hoedown where everybody is dancing their feet off. "On That Day", "Alright Prayer", "100 Greenback Dollar Bills", "When My Name Is Spoken", "I'll Find a Way", "No Separation" and "I Want To Be Relieved" with Bryan Minto on harmonica caused a rush amongst the audience that put them in a euphoric state. Spirit Family Reunion has their debut album No Separation currently available, music that will make you boogie like there is no tomorrow.

Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons

Last ones up were Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons with their electrifying fury that was in full effect right after the first strum of Joe's guitar. Joe Principe's slapping of his upright bass set the tone, "Handsome" Dave Hemenway's seismic drumming nearly shook the floor, Greg Burgess' blistering solos on lead guitar and Joe's powerful gravely voice thats a cross between Nick Cave and Johnny Cash had people bustin' a move and digging the groove. "I Never", "Who Makes The Knives", "Flat Tire", "The Drowsy Surgeon", "Drunk & Single (For George Jones), "Ambulances" featuring Bryan Minto again on harmonica, "Sentimental Jury", "Every Heartbroken Man, "Womanizer Blues", "Port of Seven Vices", "Florence, Alabama", a version of the bluegrass classic "Why You Been Gone Solo Long" featuring Davidson on guest vocals, "A Better Place", a stunning rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" with Panken pairing vocal duties with Fletcher and a grand finale that had Harlow, all the members of Spirit Family Reunion, Minto, Vudu Sister's Keith McCurdy and Fletcher's significant other Mackenzie Elizabeth joining in with Joe and the boys on "Too Many Doors" had everyone hootin' and hollerin' with pure joy.

I've seen a lot of musical performances in my time and I can guarantee that when Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons hit the stage it's always a blast. A night to remember in Pawtucket at the best venue in one of the many hubs for creativity in the arts and music in the Ocean State. Next time you're looking to check out the next show at The Met that will bring bliss to your inner being, log on to for everything you need to know.


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