Van Beek and his crack outfit of Tulsa-Sound practitioners echo Cale, Clapton, Leon Russell and the down-home blues grooves of sawdust barrooms across the heartland.
Ride along as Girl brushes elbows with David Crosby, Joan Baez, Michael Bloomfield, members of the Grateful Dead and marries musician David Freiberg of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
Originating in New England in 1971, Max Creek holds old-school jamband cred as being one of the original purveyors of the genre.
How Long is an unassuming gem that reveals a sincere and talented musician and songwriter finding his sweet spot with a killer band.
Stephen Inglis manages to find open space in the sometimes crowded field of Grateful Dead tributes. On Cut the Dead Some Slack, the Honolulu-based troubadour (with vocal harmony assistance from radio host and musician David Gans) offers a pleasing array of acoustic-based songs, demonstrating his dexterous chops on Hawaiian slack key guitar, guitarlele and the good old six string.
The audience danced, sang and grooved to the consistently inspired sound of the tight four-piece, which included Jay Lane on drums and Wavy Dave Burlingame on bass. It was a magical evening that demonstrated the power of live music performed by a talented band in a relaxed setting.