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I couldn't have said it better myself. I tried in my blog of 2/16/2008:
Of the dozen or so annual trips RED MEAT has made down the coast from San Francisco to Culver City and the Cinema Bar, Cleo and I may have missed one. And that's one too many. Their last pass through that little wood-paneled paradise was accompanied by a mobile recording unit. I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that we'll all get a memento of that night's performance sometime soon because it was another honky tonk masterpiece the likes of which only a few can do. They make impeccable and entertaining recordings, the last few with Dave Alvin producing, but live in the friendly confines of a dive they are quick pickin', fun strummin' perfection. Scott Young, who writes many of the band's songs, is blessed with one of those mellow tenor voices tailor-made for phrases like "Well, I like a nice tall glass of beer topped off with a head of foam" and Jill Olson, the other primary composer in the band, is one of those clear-as-a-bell Country &Western warblers that thrills as she trills about broken hearts, homes and dreams. Michael Montalto is one of the more tasteful lead guitar players I've seen. He can put the right amount of shimmer and shine on a vocal tune while waiting for his chance to get all tawdry on a self-penned instrumental, like Buckeye or Moonrock. And just in case things start getting a little over sophisticated there's a guy name of Smelley Kelley fronting the band, cracking jokes, blowing smokes, and generally keeping things inappropriate for younger listeners. This last visit, like all before, it was tough getting off the dance floor because every tune was a hand clapper, a toe tapper, a belly rubber or an ass wiggler. We came home sweaty, tired, broke and wired. In other words we had a helluva time! For more go to:

Posted by Mark Gauthier on 07/06/2008 at 1:02 AM

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