Ladies and gentlemen, welcome, welcome, to 75 Bands in 75 Days, where we’re showcasing some of the best talent that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, at least one band per day, leading up to December 31st, to ring in a new year. This list is in no particular order and it is not a chart or a countdown. It’s merely a list of bands or musicians that we feel are worthy of checking out. The band for Day 43 is a Seattle band that we REALLY like called C-Leb & The Kettle Black.
Alan Cackett from Maverick Country says about C-Leb & The Kettle Black:
Seattle-based blues-styled band, C-Leb and his buddies borrow heavily from traditional blues, but dress it up in modern rhythms, dance beats and driving rock funk. This is the outfit’s debut album and is a powerful collection of self-penned tunes that runs the gamut from driving rock to heavy blues through to some jazzy-styled numbers. The abrasive “Hell Don’t Pay Taxes” borrows lyrically from Merle Travis “16 Tons,” whilst the pounding “One For the Road” nods affectionately in the direction of Credence Clearwater Revival. The kicking “Man Down” is just a little lighter, allowing the lead guitar work to shine out front of the swirling and hypnotic keyboards and the staccato rhythmic attack. A compelling rock record very much for today headbangers.
The first time we saw them they were playing front of a packed to the rafters Jazzbones in Tacoma right before Walking Papers. They made a huge splash with that crowd and they were a perfect opener. They reminded me a little bit of vintage Aerosmith, leaning heavily on dirty blues mixed with killer southern-fried grooves.
If you get a chance to catch these guys live you should, they really bring it!
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