Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In praise of the Flat Duo Jets

This blog has been a big booster of the Black Keys, White Stripes, Raveonettes and much of that primitive bluesy rock'n'roll, as we should should since it's great stuff.

But let's go back shall we, not all the way to the deserving original bluesmen, but to the immediate forebears.

I lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the late 80's-early 90's, which was a great time to be there as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Polvo, Metal Flake Mother and many more created a vibrant and exciting local scene. But as one of my favorite all time men's room graffiti declared at the time: "Dexter rules this town, albeit with a shaky hand."

Dexter being the legendary Dexter Romweber, head rooster in the Flat Duo Jets - a possessed wild man with a incredible guitar sound and a singing voice to die for. His drummer Crow was the best, and the two of them were all you needed. The two cooked up more soul and rock than most people could digest. Along the way, they sometimes added a bass player or another instrument but it wasn't needed.

Dex is still kicking around, in fact coming to the West Coast later this summer. Which is what got me thinking about the great Flat Duo Jets.

If you know of them, you know what I'm talking about and will enjoy this trip. If you are uninitiated, check them out:

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