Our week of Kix and friends continues. So far we've looked at a couple of the band's best albums, I've showed you some of my favorite videos and we've talked about Funny Money. Today, a look at the Blues Vultures.
The main side project of Ronnie Younkins, the Blues Vultures also features guitarist Rich Moxley and alternating musicians in the bass and drum roles.
So far, the Blues Vultures have released one album called Cheap Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars. The album isn't Glam, but it is chocked full of great songs. Ronnie Younkins has a lot of talent - both as a guitarist and a singer. Plus, his hair fascinates me. Please believe Ronnie's hair has absolutely nothing to do with Cheap Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars, but I'll mention it anyway: I can't recall the last time I saw a person have that much hair. I mean, it's Rapunzel long! How does he wash it? More importantly, how does he play without his long locks getting tangled in his guitar strings? Sorry for the side step, but I had to get that out of my system.
The best songs on Cheap Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars? The title track for sure and I also dig "I'm Goin' to Pieces." Both songs I just mentioned sound about as different as night and day. My favorite track period? That's easy: "My Baby Up and Left Me." A true blues throwback, the song sounds like something my guitar teacher would demand I learn for better fundamental understanding. Plus the song just plain rips. Like Kix, the Blues Vultures are able to easily transform their sound and lyrical quality in the same album. Truly the mark of good musicians.
I'll be honest: the chances of me discovering the Blues Vultures without the Kix connection would probably rank in the slim to none category. Since I like music of all genres - and you already know I enjoy Bluegrass - it's not a stretch that I quite enjoy the Blues Vultures as well. I suggest you give the Blues Vultures a shot. Go ahead, expand your musical horizons.
Above photo from the band's official Myspace page. No copyright assumed.