Dirty Bourbon River Show’s latest a circus of melody

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Dec. 5 | Modified: Dec. 5
Dirty Bourbon River Show’s latest a circus of melody


The Dirty Bourbon River Show’s latest album, “Volume Four,” is yet another fun and intriguing circus-style romp that blends smooth piano riffs with a brass flavor accentuated with rich baritones.

With so many different instruments playing such intricate roles in the gypsy rock record, DBRS carefully highlights the sounds of each in ensuring that noise and confusion don’t drown out the crafty fingers of Noah Adams on the piano or Charles Skinner’s foot-tapping trombone solos.

Needless to say, there is plenty going on in this four-ring circus that has enough sounds to fill out a Cajun street band, but these boys from New Orleans easily shift between varying tempos as apparent in “Mama, I’ve Been Abducted by Aliens” and “Dear Grandma,” which also captures Adams’ deep vocal range.

Four tracks deep, Adams throws a well-timed curve with a ragged accordion riff with a touch of Matt Thomas’s saxophone, before exploding in prime DBRS fashion in a flurry of sounds and croaky lyrics that curiously resemble reggae and blues.

Unfortunately for this eclectic mix, DBRS is a little too hung up on the cliché of circus music when instead they might’ve opted for their syncopated arsenal of sound that swirls beautifully around Adams’ snappy vocals.

“I Need Your Love” will likely make its way in the backdrop of many Southern nights as DBRS shows a softer, smooth melody enjoyed in previous tracks, as Adams croons a true Cajun love song that transcends genres.

“Jewish Girls Who Went to Art School Known All the Angles” — DBRS doesn’t skimp on the ink when it comes to song titles — finds the band brazenly meshing funk with its signature sound to crescendo with a trumpet finish.

A similar tone is carried over to the next track, “Mr. Mustachio’s Stump,” which takes an interesting twist with a slide whistle that brings with it the feel of a Russian pub jam on a dark wintry night.

The DBRS successfully compacts an orchestra’s worth of sound into a well-packaged album that isn’t afraid to get a little experimental at times without deviating too much from the nice framework the band has whipped into shape, much like the roar of the mighty lion captivating the audience underneath the circus big-top.

For more information on the band, visit http://dirtybourbonrivershow.com.

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