How about checking out a couple bands that embrace the roots/heartland rock sound? Both have been playing shows for a few years in their respective regions, one being all of Canada, the other in Florida.
The Trews – A Canadian rock band, with all four members from Nova Scotia. They’ve been together for over a decade, led by two brothers: lead singer Colin MacDonald brother/guitarist John-Angus. Anthemic rock, a bit U2-ish and even Pearl Jam, minus some of the angst. New album called Hope and Ruin sounds more Midwest than Great White North.
You will like them if you like: The BoDeans, Canadian bands like the Tragically Hip, Will Hoge.
How did I hear about them?: An email newsletter from a NYC PR woman who works with independent musicians.
Gasoline Heart – Orlando rock band led by a guy named Louis DeFabrizio. He’s gone through a dozen guitar players, some drummers and bass players, and keeps pushing forward. Released a live album called No Applause Necessary in March. Petty harmonies and spit-on-the-ground attitude. It’s three-chord rock and roll, with guitars loud enough to make your head nod and hooks big enough to make your shoulders move. They are on a southern jaunt until May 4, when they end up at Nashville, TN. Would be a good fit at Radio Radio.
You will like them if you like: Tom Petty, Replacements, Gaslight Anthem, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Foo Fighters
How did I hear about them?: I think it was a Facebook post from Eric Ambel (former member of The Del-Lords and producer of The Bottle Rockets)
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