So I was sitting in a bar last night in Framingham, Massachusetts, and was ready to be somewhere else. At about that moment the band started up.
These guys were a revelation. Not that there was any big surprise in the content itself. I keep hoping for a revival of the pure imagination in music that you heard in certain bands of the 60s and 70s like the Beatles, and the Doors, and the Moody Blues, and Yes. The Munk Duane Band did covers of rock classics, and a really slamming rendition of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. They have a definite country western side. They did some terrific original tunes as well. What distinguished this band was the sheer quality of the rock n roll musicianship. I was not expecting it.
Again, it was nothing fancy. To be precise, the Munk Duane Band is basic American-style blues rock done very, very well. Z.Z. Topp would not have walked out of that bar last night. This is not my number one favorite flavor of music, but I do like it quite a bit, and I know the real thing when I hear it. The question for me was – Why are these guys not on the radio, or the Letterman show or something?
I was glad to see some media notice for the band on their web site, so apparently they are out there hustling. I really don’t know anything about them other than hearing them play, and checking the web site. Anyway, good luck out there, Munk! Not that talent should have to rely on luck.