When: Thu., April 17 2014
rock, psychedelic, blues, 9 p.m.
The People’s Blues of Richmond shake, rattle, and roll like a rusty pick-up cruising down a country road, with clouds of dust in the rear view, the windows down, and the stereo blasting some James Gang. The Richmond trio’s psych-blues boogie blends thundering muscularity with the pliable bottom-end of a saucy bar wench’s curvy caboose. Guitarist Tim Beavers and bassist Matt Volkes connected in college, grieving the loss of a mutual friend. That woozy, drug-addled woe fueled the sound of their 2010 debut, Hard-On Blues. Afterwards the core duo added a full-time drummer and organ player. That new lineup drove last summer’s follow-up Good Time Suicide, a fitting description of the band’s dark, increasingly carnival-esque sound. However, the new players didn’t fit PBR’s hard-touring ethos and departed shortly after the album’s release. Beavers and Volkes pared back to a trio, adding drummer Nekoro Williams, son of the Wailers’ percussionist Drummie Zeb. Williams’ outstanding feel compensates for the loss of keyboards, giving the band a keen rhythmic ebb and flow. He augments the builds when the tunes get jammy, adds subtle syncopation during the churning hard-blues moments, and provides intoxicating dub bounce during the band’s slower, bluesy ballads, as evident on their new live concert release, The Oil Change Tapes. —Chris Parker THURSDAY