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Friday, August 18, 2006

I'm likin' the Rosewood Thieves

So what's with all these 20-somethings that sound like the Beatles or Bob Dylan? A veritable renaissance among the younguns. I am enjoying the resurgence of older sounds in the new bands of today (The Redwalls, Nic Armstrong, etc) because good music never goes out of style, does it?

The Rosewood Thieves are a five-piece rock/blues/alt-country band (bio) that have a raw, straightforward six-song debut EP out on V2 Records: From The Decker House. It was recorded at said Decker House, which is a decrepit old clapboard farmhouse in the boonies of New York where the tunes were laid down with artists such as Mike Daly (Whiskeytown) and -get this- Bob Dorough, who you love but don't even know it because he wrote most of the Schoolhouse Rock songs. Here's a visual, old cars and all:


Their sound is nostalgic & rocking -- not simply a rehashing of those old sounds, but a fresh spin that combines the best of late-era Beatles and Johnny Cash with some Americana/alt-country spice and bluesy pathos. The ragged vocals of lead singer Erick Jordan crack beautifully in all the right places, lending this nice 'lil collection of songs a Lennonesque, burnished feel that belies the modern age. They have several shows coming up in the NJ/NY/PA region, and hopefully a larger tour is in the works for later this year.

If this is just a taste of what these boys are capable of, I think we should all stay tuned to hear a lot more buzz about them when they drop a full-length album. Airtight listening.

Los Angeles - The Rosewood Thieves (*highly* recommended)

Diamond Ring - The Rosewood Thieves

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5 Comments:

At August 19, 2006 9:18 AM, Blogger superclea said...

hey i know bob dorough! i mean, not personally, but am a fan of "my hero, zero" and "3 is the magic number." and that rosewood thieves "los angeles" song is truly loverly. that's why i'm really writing. thanks...

 
At September 02, 2006 7:08 PM, Anonymous don jordan sr said...

uniqe blend i hear country rick nelson some of u remember and the beatles best of luck hope to hear more

 
At September 13, 2006 10:29 AM, Blogger Fidelity said...

They so work for me! Like channeling John Lennon & Elliot Smith, with some good Neil Young tossed in.

 
At November 26, 2006 9:34 PM, Blogger Doctor Mooney said...

Just wanted to say that I really like your blog...I've been reading it consistently for a few months now!!

Also, wanted to let you know that I have the Rosewood Thieves KEXP radio session MP3’s up on my music blog, “Doctor Mooney’s 115th Dream.” (http://doctormooney.blogspot.com) They played five songs and did an interview! The posting is from November 7, 2006, so you’ll have to scroll down a bit…check it out when you have the time.

Set List

Los Angeles
There You Go (Again)
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Untitled
Harlem

Thanks!

Cheers,
DoctorMooney
http://doctormooney.blogspot.com

 
At October 25, 2007 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rosewood Thieves are playing at this cool old bookstore in Soho on 11/16:

TIFT MERRITT with THE ROSEWOOD THIEVES
Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm
Housing Works Used Book Café
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
(Soho)

www.housingworksbookstore.com
$20

 

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