Lincoln Durham is a roving singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, but there is much more to this raggedly-dressed, white vegetarian than meets the eye. Durham is a deviously eerie, blues wailing, one-man band. During a live show, he will go through everything from playing a cigar-box guitar–which he made himself–to banging on an old ’50s style briefcase that he’s wired an electronic pick-up into. Durham’s style is a simple, yet piercing Robert Johnson impression that will send shivers down your spine and make you wonder if he’s sold his soul to the devil. He has no shortage of knowledge of the basic blues, that is made apparent on songs such as “Living this Hard” and “Mud Puddles” where Durham belts out gravelly bars over a picked out blues beat mixed with slide guitar. Lincoln does have a softer side though, which he lets out on tracks like “Trucker’s Love Song” and “Clementine”. For the most part, his debut album, “The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones”, is exactly what you might expect: a haunting, twisting-turning, tale of loss and anguish mixed with beautifully simple instrumentals using only Durham on guitar/harmonica/god-knows-what, and Rick Richards on the drums. Durham honed his skills under the study of Texas music legend, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Richards was Hubbard’s drummer for many years. Durham opted to hold the album to as simple as possible and even sings in “Living This Hard”, “I don’t need me a little band, Mr. Davis says I’ve got a sportin’ right hand”. Durham will be dropping a new album on October 22nd that is sure to bring as much darkness into your life as his first, so if you haven’t checked out Lincoln Durham be sure to, and check out the album on October 22nd!
And, a few of my favorites:
Living This Hard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5QGl8PgUX8
Mud Puddles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OMa-EOiQZA
How Does the Crow Fly – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZLXK-9kQk
Ballad of a Prodigal Son – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHp-rCuJjjM
The Dirty River Boys, or “DRB”, are an acoustic, four piece, jug-band from El Paso, Texas. The boys are now based in Austin, but stay true to their roots. When the band started, they played full electric for a while, but decided it didn’t fit them. They wanted to say something and have people actually listen. Don’t let the acoustic guitars and upright bass fool you though, these boys can flat out rock when they want to. Their live show is one of the most high-energy and emotionally involved that I have ever seen. With the two singers, Marco Gutierrez and Nino Cooper switching off songs and playing rhythm guitar/harmonica and lead guitar/mandolin respectively, all while keeping in perfect harmony with the other members of the band it’s hard not to get swept up in their self-proclaimed “outlaw Americana folk” vibe. In the background, you’ll find Colton James standing tall in cowboy boots and a matching hat, slapping the upright bass or fingering out beautiful rolls on the banjo, while Travis Stearns, a shaggy haired, camo adorned, trucker hat fanatic stomps his snakeskin boots, plays the cajon drum with one hand and beats a tambourine onto a snare drum with the other, banging his head as if he was listening to Pantera the whole time. Don’t get me wrong though, these boys are not limited to one or two instruments. Throughout their live show they switch around showing that they are all well versed in every instrument on the stage. The boys music is as diverse as they are. Covering everything from rock influences in the song “She”, a tale of a women who will suck you in and do you wrong, to traditional folk songs like “Boomtown”, a pioneer tale of heading out west sang with elegant harmonies that sound as rustic as the picture the lyrics paint. These boys are by no means your average folk singers, but they give it an edge that can’t be beat in my opinion. So check out The Dirty River Boys!
As usual, a few of my favorites:
Boomtown – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QnTWMllCFE
My Son – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4gFwD6jPKM
She – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_g-3Lnpi1A (Not the best quality)
Raise Some Hell Tonight – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fJv3UjD7U4