This one was a real treat here today, because last year at Master Musicians Festival, my friends over at Eastwood Records gave me a pre view of this album. I got to hear some of these songs live, before the initial album feature so I got a little more material than I usually do from the start.
This band packs one hell of a live whallop in my opinion, and they had a true swampy and gritty style. On the eight song EP called “Hickory Switch” (which was molded after grammy’s ever feared stick that scalded your ass), they display a true alt-country style that reminds me of an early Blackberry Smoke and others.
Last year I did not know that “Rocket Fuel” was indeed a cover song as I was not as familiar with Mr. Todd Snider as I am now. One must remember I follow thousands of bands in many genres, things slip past me. I truly could relate to the song “Wreckin’ Just Fine”, and I liked the lyrical play there. I damn sure have wrecked a few things in my life just fine, and placed some trust in a few that messed me up just fine as well.
“Pallbearer” was one I remembered last year hearing live. It’s a slower song, that displays somber lyrics from Mr. Dave. I only knew my paternal father for a few years before he passed away, so I cannot relate with him on that one. I did get to see both my fathers off for their eternal rest, but I only got to pall bear for one of them. Many of my own life’s lessons are vibrantly still in my mind, and this song exemplified many things both my fathers taught me. This was a great song about a great man, that believed in the Lord and hard work. This album pretty much emphasizes and glorifies America in it’s greatest form..family, religion and influences.
“Turned Away” man, I tell you what, I have been turned away from so many women and so many opportunities in other areas in my life that this song couldn’t possibly have personified me any more. This song made me reflect back on many periods of my life in my years, and I thought it was one of the more better written songs on the album. All things considered this album was a strong contender for a TOP 50 spot in my end of the year list, I truly think it could easily secure a spot.
So the first band I covered today was from Louisville Kentucky called Dave Ernst And The Early Favorites, whom have a highly anticipated album coming out in August, but as of now they have an EP out called Superstar. Mr. Frank Green on bass, Mr. Dave Coultas on guitar, Mr. Chris Fuller, Mr. Mike Nix, Mr. Scott Lankford on drums compose the Early Favorites, a damn fine rock, Americana and more….band.
“Turned Away” was their first song they played which displayed some damn fine musicianship and a good blend of Kentucky Rock with other sounds. Followed up with a song called “Rocket Fuel” , this band is just bursting onto the scene here with not much video available or spotify presence. So that means you’ll just have to go and check them out in person and buy the music.
“Pallbearer” was next and that was my favorite song of their set along with song called “Tailfin” which got my attention being about classic cars. Their closing song was the title of their EP called “Superstar”. You’ll have to catch up with this band in the near future folks, and take my word for it…they have big time better days coming soon.