Perhaps you saw my photos from the Boston Stands with the ACLU benefit show at The Paradise and thought to yourself “That’s unusual. Johnny is usually right up front when he takes pictures, but most of these photos are from the back. Was it crazy crowded and he couldn’t get up front? Was he trying out some new perspectives? Was there something else going on that prevented him from standing in one spot for 6 hours?” Well, I have answers to these imaginary questions you may or may not have asked yourself! Yes, it was sold out! Yes, but only because it was so crazy packed I couldn’t get up front! And yes, because I was also busy taking all of these photos!
Some really wonderful people were involved with putting this show together. The night raised $24,800 for the ACLU. The musical lineup was unbelievable. Seriously. Did that really happen? Jokes were told. Songs were sung. My head is still spinning. I’m going to take a nap. Right after I leave these here…
Check out performance photos from all of the acts on this amazing night:
The Gravel Pit
The Sheila Divine
The Gravel Pit laid down a smoldering set at The Paradise as part of the Boston Stands with the ACLU benefit show.
Check out performance photos from all of the acts on this wonderful night:
The Gravel Pit (You are here)
The Sheila Divine
The Gravel Pit took the stage as the 2015 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble special guest band and rolled through a set of rockin’ favorites old and new.
2015 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals
The Static Dynamic
Zip-Tie Handcuffs (2015 Rumble Champs)
The Gravel Pit (Non-Competing Guest Band)
The Boston rock hit parade just keeps on comin’ at Hot Stove Cool Music. Here’s The Gravel Pit laying it down for a good cause.
Eli Paperboy Reed put on a rousing performance at The Paradise for the 15th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music show to benefit The Foundation To Be Named Later. It may be impossible not to smile while this guy is on stage.
Here’s The Gravel Pit playing TT’s in 2013. To what do we own the honor? TT’s 40th Anniversary! There aren’t too many opportunities to catch a Gravel Pit show these days, but they’ve got a new album in the works. You know what that means…
The Dirty Truckers
Washed & Ready
Washed & Ready is another batch of gritty rock n’ roll tunes from The Dirty Truckers. Tom Baker is still at the wheel, but the rest of his crew has changed. Dave Foy replaces Jim Delios behind the drums and Tad Overbaugh joins in on guitar. Most importantly, long time ‘Trucker Jamie Griffith makes his debut on bass.
Tom still draws from the well of The Replacements on songs like “Off The Hook”, “Without A Sound” and “All She Ever Wanted,” but the songs are catchier this time around. “Heavy Metal Weekend” begs for a crowd sing-along (and gets it during live performances). The ‘90s indie rock influences that occasionally popped up on Bush League Romance are gone, replaced by a more straight up rock & roll feel. It’s a revved-up romp in the vein of The Rolling Stones (“Not Missing A Thing”) and Tom Petty (“Cunnin’”).
Like their debut album, Washed & Ready features two cover tunes. “Help You Ann” (Lyres) is solid and energetic. The album closer, Nick Lowe’s “Ragin Eyes”, features a fantastic harmonica solo by Jed Parish (The Gravel Pit).
Six years is a long time between albums. Thankfully Washed & Ready delivers more of what you would expect from The Dirty Truckers.
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