If nothing else, Dastardly is always prepared to try something different. Originally a great country band, they took a turn a few years ago when they started adding in more jazz elements. They took it all the way with what I think is their best release, Ballads In Blue–a short and dreamy concept record they released in July 2012. Now they’re coming back with a … Continue reading Dastardly-“Sailor”

The Dirty Pigeons Debut Album


At the tail end of December 2011 I found myself at The Empty Bottle to see The Buddies perform right before Christmas. They had asked Kari to take some pictures beforehand that they might use as press shots, so we spent much of the first bands set downstairs in the green room. When we emerged, the speakers were blaring, and the sound immediately caught my attention. Most of the lyrics were unintelligible, but the guitar playing was crystal clear. The first thing I thought of was Neil Young. The long-haired gentleman playing in front of me was obviously influenced by the master, but it was more than that. The style was similar, yes. The feeling I got was also dead on. Brian Morrissey of The Dirty Pigeons plays the guitar with his whole body, and pours his soul into every note.

After that day I moved on and didn’t really think that much about the band again. I had a copy of the sampler CD that they had out for display, but I’m not sure if I ever listened to it. And then, out of the blue, I got an email from the band asking if I’d like to hear the record they just finished. I flashed back to that day at the Bottle and replied without even thinking. If they could sound that good with a sound system that is far from perfect, just imagine what they could do with the time to perfect every note! Continue reading “The Dirty Pigeons Debut Album”