"Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream"
As if it were not enough that Hymn For Her,
the Philadelphia-based duo of Lucy Tight and
Wayne Waxing, lives and tours in their 16-foot,
1961 Bambi Airstream trailer, they decided to
record their latest album, "Lucy &
Wayne and The Amairican Stream," inside
their tenement on wheels, too. But before anyone
dismisses this hillbilly tandem as a gimmick,
they should consider the sonic and artistic
results of Hymn For Her's latest recording,
which are surprisingly good given their ability
to create a pleasing sound with only a cigar
box slide guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, dobro,
harmonica and two bullet mics. The country rockers
are a stylistic mix of Seasick Steve, Mojo Nixon
and Led Zeppelin on tunes as musically diverse
as "Slips," "Montana," "Cave"
and "Thursday," but they all sound
(Hymn For Her performs Tuesday, Sept. 27 at
9 p.m. at the Gas Lamp. Admission TBA.) CV
"To the Moon, Kid"
Of all the quality albums produced by local
rock bands this year, Wolfgang's captivating
debut release, "To the Moon, Kid,"
is easily one of the best and deserving of national
recognition. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jacob
Tyler Wolfgang of Des Moines is no stranger
to the local music scene, but he's found his
groove on "To the Moon, Kid" with
the help of several talented players like Scott
Yoshimura, Dustin Smith, Nick Leo, Jordan Mayland,
Eric Moffit, Danny Heggen, Becca Smith, Scott
Gratton, Ryan Connor Germain and his wife, Sarah
Wolfgang. This "Midwest Rock" affair
has most of everything you want from a smart
rock band, including energy ("Mercury Lights"),
thoughtful balladry ("Miss Misunderstood,"
"Reasons"), roots rock ("Wandering
Heart," "A Grief Observed"),
subtle melodies, solid arrangements, instrumental
texture, clever production and sincere artistry.
(Wolfgang hosts a CD release show on Saturday,
Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews.