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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Band To Burn One To/Review - The Five Tones

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Today's New Band To Burn One To is The Five Tones.

With each passing day the Black Keys get bigger and bigger. With that there's a lot of bands that are following on The Black Keys' coat tails. Very few of those are actually good enough to stand on their own and out of the shadows of The Black Keys. One such band is The Five Tones.Hailing from Tennessee, They howl at you with some giant blues rock riffs. Their EP titled Episode I: Tennessee was recently released to the public digitally through CD Baby (link below). Physical CDs are a few weeks away.

Besides The Black Keys, I instantly hear some Five Horse Johnson, especially in the track "Old Man Jackson". The song "Hid Away" starts it off with a hard blues rocking, foot tapping song. It's got a real catchy monstrous riff throughout. "Coming Home" is next. It's a very delta blues sounding song with some catchy harmonica. "Lion" is next. It's a bit slower paced and reminds me of a mix between a Black Keys and White Soots song. "No More Crying" sends us off in style. It's a hard riff rocking and groovy number that makes me think of The White Soots and Led Zeppelin playing together. A proper send off.
The Five Tones are a high-energy, primal journey to the juke joints of Mississippi. Haunting, reverb-drenched guitar, dynamic harmonica, and a freight train rhythm section form this blues/rock trio. Cody Shipley plays vintage Silvertone guitars from the early 60’s to get a vintage sound that combines the early blues sounds of John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside with the power trio rock of the 60’s from bands like Cream and Jimi Hendrix. *Winner of the 2003 Magic City Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands* (Birmingham, AL) *2003 Best Unsigned Blues Band in Alabama* *Top 10 finalist out of over 100 bands at The 2004 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN* “Cody Shipley breathes new life into the blues, He’s a fiery and inventive guitarist with a highly original approach to playing slide. His voice perfectly suits his material, and his talent and presentation belie his age. Cody and bassist Aaron Clouse play with an almost-telepathic connection. Aaron provides the faultless, rock-solid foundation from which Cody’s grinding fills and soaring, wailing solos cry out.” -Paul Franklin, Birmingham Weekly “Cody Shipley has mastered his guitar…the slide work is polished and slick as it gets. Tremendous talent, raw power, and self-assurance. Combined with Aaron Clouse on bass, The Five Tones comes across showing a variety of mixed influences combining to make an imaginative and creative sound all their own.” -Susan Collier, President of The Magic City Blues Society (Birmingham, AL) ..

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