Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks / Loose Koozies / Television City
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks: Quality and passion are self evident; and their own reward. Jeff German’s yeoman efforts as a songwriter, lead-guitar player, and front-man, show a singular dedication to the art form of Mid-West working class music that is often lost to time or pretense. He defies these by playing sweet licks over strong melodies and honest lyrics that is served best with cold beer after a long week. His first solo album, “12 Rounds”, released March 2014, delivered the same attention to the gospel of six strings and storytelling. His songwriting and clever arrangements caught the attention of Slothtrop Records label President, Eric Hester who signed Jeff In December of 2013 to a three record deal. Slothtrop Records re-released “12 Rounds” on their label in March of 2014 and subsequently released the video to the single “Sit and Think” in April of 2014. In September of 2015, Slothtrop Records released “12 Packs, 8 Tracks and B&W TV”, German’s sophomore release, earning high praise from notable press including No Depression Magazine. Soon after, Slothtrop released the music video “Hang-On”, a poignant song about rushing to say goodbye to a dying loved one. All the while, Jeff German & The Blankety Blanks, which includes musicians, Graig Barnett: guitar, Matthew Wilson: Pedal Steel, Mike Nelson: Drums and Joe Mertz: Bass, have been crisscrossing the country in various forms, including rollicking full band rock and roll shows and intimate acoustic house concerts.
[via FADL Observer:] Loose Koozies are a new quartet formed (and fronted) by local singer/songwriter Eric Allen. Allen has played with several of Detroit’s best, from the realms of garage rock to blues, pop to country (and even some hardcore punk). The versatile guitarist has always been more of the auxiliary to previous bands, but now he’s stepping into the spotlight as frontman, displaying a richly raspy voice endeared to a rust belt-flavored fraying of country twang, Americana and 60’s Nuggets rock ‘n’ roll.
Television City: Hi, We’re new…kinda. Detroit scene vets from Porchsleeper, Betty Cooper and Crooked Little Reasons come together to give it one more shot. We might be just another rock ‘n roll band, but we’re a really fucking good one.