Churchwood: 2

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Churchwood is one of Austin’s best blues/rock bands, adding a unique aggressive twist to an otherwise traditional sound. While The Blues is typified by somber lyrics and repetitious structure, Churchwood’s album, 2, injects the venerable genre with adrenalin—amping-up traditional blues with a punk-inspired energy that melds the traditional with the contemporary.

On 2, Churchwood members Bill Anderson (guitar), Joe Doerr (vocals and harp), Adam Kahan (bass), Billysteve Korpi (guitar) and Julien Peterson (drums) don’t seem to have set out to make a polished album. 2 comes across instead as being made from pure musical pleasure. The riffs are punchy, the vocals gritty, and Doerr’s harmonica as raw as it comes.

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