MUSIC: Rustic Overtones Hit The Spot
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Big Jon Tierney
Big Jon Tierney, an amazing East Greenwich-based singer-songwriter who has a bluesy voice that can crush mountains and simply blow you away, started off the evening by making his impeccable presence felt by strumming a fantastic mix of originals like the funky ditty about selling your soul called “Best Get Paid” along with his own version of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Carry On”. I believe that in order to succeed as a singer-songwriter you have to bring a sound comparable to what a really good 4-piece band would have, and Big Jon has been doing it for years with no signs of stopping.
Eric French & Mr. Hyde
Up next was Eric French & Mr. Hyde, a blues-rock band that has roots in both Providence and Boston who remind me of blues legends like Eric Clapton, John Mayall and even a little bit of Buddy Guy. They were celebrating the release of their second album, Old City Blues, with some wonderful white & red icing-adorned chocolate cake for the crowd and delicious tunes like “ Baby Where Ya Been”, “Poisen In My Pie”, “Evenin’s With The Blues”, “Middle of Love”, “Stay”, “Gonna Get” and ending the set with Eric’s own version if “Free Fallin”. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, the quartet came back and did a thunderous version of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”. I highly suggest you pick up Eric French & Mr. Hyde’s new album, it’s the best cure for the blues with side effects like: tingling spine, blown mind, melted brain and dropping jaw.
Capping off the show were Portland, Maine’s own Rustic Overtones, a phenomenal band that’s a great mix of reggae, punk, blues, jazz, funk and so many other styles that its nearly impossible to classify them into one genre. They also have a new album out, Let’s Start A Cult, that was released on July 21st. Their 7th record another great piece of music from these guys that has a little bit of a doo-wop tinge to it. Right from the start they had people boogieing everywhere with songs like “Let’s Start A Cult Pts. 1 & 2”, “Combustible” “I Like It Low”, “Hardest Way Possible”, “Gas On Skin”, a cover of Morphine’s “Pour Honey” and a double encore with “Going Out With A Bang” and “All Things Will Turn Around”. A memorable night of music with the right bands, the right people and the right atmosphere.
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