Feeling blue? Grumpy? Old Man Existential Dread got you this morning? Well, hope is at hand; there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Begone, dull care!
The Reynolds Brothers are back to banish strife and ennui, something they do so splendidly. Here they are at the 2011 Sweet and Hot Music Festival (recorded on an astonishing day for hot music, September 3, 2011). The collective cast of characters (a term I don’t use lightly here) is John Reynolds, guitar, vocals, wryness; Ralf Reynolds, washboard, refereeing, vocals, asides; Marc Caparone, cornet, passion; Katie Cavera, all manner of stringed instruments, vocals, charm; guests Clint Baker, trombone, vocal; Westy Westenhofer, tuba, vocals; Chris Calabrese, piano, fatherhood; Larry Wright, alto saxophone, ocarina, kazoo, quotations, vocals; Doug Mattocks, banjo. Wardrobe by Edith Head. Empathy by Lorna Sass.
Here’s SOME OF THESE DAYS (you’ll be lonely if you abandon me, son!):
And my favorite Buddhist song — more to come on that subject soon — NEVER SWAT A FLY:
JUBILEE features one of the few singing tubaists I know, and a good one in Westy:
Got those SAINT LOUIS BLUES, the rocking embodiment of what Dicky Wells called (and Jim Leigh celebrates), “fuzz”:
Katie has a hectic schedule all the time — but TOO BUSY is about another subject. Her joy comes through even when she’s hidden behind that forest of microphone stands:
Where’d she go? SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL, mercy:
And the set closes with an inducement to dance, or perhaps an incitement, in HAPPY FEET:
Feeling better? It works every time.