Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues (Rating 4 out of 5)
Sometimes there is nothing as soul satisfying as a bit of good ol’ 70’s style Blues Boogie Rock and Roll, and with Dirty Spliff Blues, Left Lane Cruiser from Fort Wayne, Indiana deliver in spades. No twelve step program for this group of hard partying, harder working band mates that is comprised of Frederick “Joe” Evans IV on slide guitar, and Brenn Beck on drums, these guys have been hitting it hard since their first record released way back in 2007.
Now with seven albums critically acclaimed and pretty much criminally ignored albums under their belt, they should finally be ready to join Rival Sons, Blackberry Smoke, and Whitehorse as bands that spit in the eyes of those that say Rock and Roll is dead.
The sound is definite blues boogie that would make Billy Gibbons shave his beard with a heavy dose of Iggy and the Stooges to create an interesting blend that comes down old school with a hell of a lot of attitude. The opener “Tres Borrachos” locks in the ZZ Top Tres Hombres groove high and tight, and things get better from there. “Elephant Stomp” has a Mississippi Blues feel to it, while the title track “Dirty Spliff Blues” pretty much takes political correctness, rolls it up, and smokes it while waiting to be included in the remake of Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke. Willie Nelson has nothing on these guys.
If you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the Stephen Tyler Country travesty to come out, then go elsewhere for your American Idol loving Rock and Roll Fix. But if if you you like your music with good old sex, drugs and Rock and Roll, you ship has just come in.