The Get Right Band: Live in Asheville
The smooth, spoken-word quality of “Heart or Bones” tells you everything you need to know about The Get Right Band. The groovy, bourbon-soaked track is exactly the kind of down-home, blues-rock sound that the trio has been cultivating since 2011. “Heart or Bones” kicks off Live in Asheville , The Get Right Band’s first live record and fourth overall. Listening closely, the band’s three-piece grit could soundtrack any number of roadhouses across the United States, and they’ve done good on that premise, cutting their teeth playing gigs coast-to-coast. Specifically, the 13 tracks on Live in Asheville highlight the low-end stylings of bassist Jesse Gentry and the cool-guy vibe of guitarist-vocalist Silas Durocher, all anchored by drummer Jian-Claude Mears. A mid-set ska-infused cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star” proves this band doesn’t take themselves too seriously, complete with a lyric change to “Spotify killed the radio star.” And the cover pairs well with the following “Nothin’ on the FM,” an original that laments the status of popular music. At one point, Durocher sings, “Remember when the DJs on the radio used to play the songs they thought you need to know?/ Remember when MTV played videos?/ Remember everything we learned at record stores?” Later, Mears gets to step in the spotlight with a nice drum solo, clocking at a little over two minutes, which gives way to one of the band’s more well-known tunes, “We Work All Day.” The Get Right Band close Live in Asheville with “The Carpenter’s Daughter,” which they stretch through different time signatures and plenty of good old fashioned rock-and-roll. Pour yourself another drink and enjoy.