Anybody that thinks rock and roll is dead is somebody that isn't familiar with Dan Baird. Best known as the lead singer of The Georgia Satellites, Dan is still cranking out new, southern tinted, boogie-woogie rock and roll on a regular basis. His latest effort is titled SoLow, and it might be the best work of his career. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, imagine if the Rolling Stones had grown up in Atlanta instead of England. That is the Dan Baird sound.
Recorded partially in his basement, SoLow is technically a solo record as he didn't make it with his usual, and insanely talented band.
Now, in all honesty, I was wanting a record that dealt with me aging, the passage of time and loss. In other words, all the shit that happens when you “forget to die young”. A few of the tunes seem to escape this corral but if you squint just right, they make it in under the wire. It’s not quite a concept record, but it does get close. I hope it’s not a trend.
In a just world Dan would be would widely known throughout the US. In the real world, there probably won't be 100 people at his show in Richmond VA this week. I'll be there though. He is much more popular in Europe, yet another example of Europe > USA.