The Budrows: No Bad Whiskey EP

Budrows_NoBadWhiskeyFoot-stompin’ cigar box rock ‘n’ roll

It’s hard to explain this trio’s music better than they explain it themself: foot-stompin’, cigar box rock ‘n’ roll. Based around Jason Farthing’s cigar box guitar and bass drum, and Jesse “El Gato” Boden’s harmonica and flute, the trio is fronted by the vocals, washboard and tambourine of Farthing’s stepdaughter Macarena Rivera. The result lands somewhere between juke joint blues, the lo-fi stomp of Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, and the Woodstock-era sounds of Canned Heat and Sweetwater. Rivera brings a solid shot of sass to the EP’s title song, but shows a more vulnerable side on “Prove Me Wrong.” Boden sings the relentless “Devil’s On My Side,” and the closing duet “Never Coming Back” evokes the spirit of Richard and Mimi Farina. The EP’s raw guitar, smooth flute and hand percussion are complemented by Alan Deremo’s bass and Hannah Glass’ violin, and though the guests fill out the trio’s basic sound, it still remains 100% true to its foot-stompin’ Saturday night roots. [©2015 Hyperbolium]

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