The Blasters & The Innocent Sons

The Blasters- Javier & The Innocent Sons  

Mid- June saw the inauguration of a mini 8-gig tour by the Blasters at Lee's Liquor Lounge, with one of the Twin Cities favorites, Javier & The Innocent Sons opening the first four dates, including Milwaukee & Chicago. Most know how good the Blasters are, but if the Sons perform like they did at Lee's, they'll be returning with a much bigger fan base.                                         There was " Evil" going on, as Javier in stature and attitude owned several Howlin' Wolf songs ( only thing missing was a suitcase) with the band as solid as ever. Dave Larson on drums and Grant Wibben on upright bass kept the groove tight as Dan Schwalbe cranked out the guitar solos and even brought out the Schwalbe windmill! Then Javier Matos Smoked 'em with powerful vocals singing at times through the harp mic, and with dramatic stage presence befitting the music. A week following their CD release party of the outstanding " Born to Ramble", Javier showcased some of the Cd's highlights opening with " I'm not the Lad" and coming back with " Louisiana", the self-penned masterpiece with a few extra licks on the night, giving it a real Cajun feel. Bringing out the swing dancers and winding up with the title track " Born to Ramble", The Innocent Sons established themselves as the proper choice for ushering in more great American music to follow.                                                                                                    Appropriately opening with " American Music", The Blasters rocked and rolled the packed house for two solid hours, as Phil Alvin 7 crew 'tore it up' their way, with songs ranging from Johnny Pay-Check to 'Gatemouth' Brown's " Rock my Blues Away". It was an energetic performance with a vigorous Keith Wyatt putting down some killer rock' n' roll licks,the original groove of bass man John Bazz, and Bill Bateman. the hardest working drummer I have seen in a while ( when he came out with 3-16 oz beers, you knew he was going to be fun to watch). Alvin with occasional tongue in-cheek humor can still belt it out, especially when it came to " Dark Star" as the band finished off the song with an outstanding jam. Truly a great American band that must been seen " live" ; and the only thing that could have been better, would have been seeing them at the next three shows in the two classic Lake Michigan Blues towns......

-Blue Monday Monthly