Jenny Dee & Several Men Of Mystery – Jenny Dee & Several Men Of Mystery (2013)

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Jenny Dee & Several Men Of Mystery
Jenny Dee & Several Men Of Mystery

Three country tunes from Jenny Dee and some of her very talented friends?* Yes, please. Opening track “You Had It All” is a duet with Roy Sludge. I’m pretty sure I knew this one was going to be great before I even heard it.** “Never” has suitably weary and worn backing vocals from Bill Janovitz and Chris Toppin. It’s always a treat when those two team up. Also, I’m a sucker for a weepy lapsteel. The EP closes with Jenny Dee & Several Men Of Mystery tearing it up on “Looking For Clues.” Jenny notes that this song is a reworked tune from her gig with The Downbeat Five. Given the song’s fiery nature, it’s certainly not hard to believe. The band really cuts loose here. Sometimes sad songs can make you happy.

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* Duke Levine, Bill Janovitz, Chris Toppin, Ed Valauskas, Tom Arey, Roy Sludge, Matt Pynn, and Ben Zecker? Good, Lord. Even Eric Salt gets in on the action, playing the tambourine on “Looking For Clues.”

** It is.

Ghosts Of Jupiter @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.13.2012

Ghost Of Jupiter threw down another slab of vintage goodness during Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Semifinal Night #2. The band plays a kind of throwback rock unadulterated by the music of modern times. It’s not ironic. They’re not mocking, mimicking or doing a tribute act. Ghosts Of Jupiter are simply their own child of the ’70s. These guys were locked in Friday night, laying down a heavy groove that would have made their forefathers proud.

Semifinal Night #2 Winner: Garvy J. And The Secret Pockets Of Hope And Resistance

Ghosts Of Jupiter @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.3.2012

Ghosts Of Jupiter just floored me. Their Rumble set was a clinic in heavy ’70s groove. Sure, huge sonic blasts of retro-riffage may not please everyone. Some people may write off their throwback style. That’s OK. Ghosts Of Jupiter probably can’t hear those people over the wall of awesomeness coming from the stage.

Ghosts Of Jupiter take Preliminary Night #3.