Review and video by Joel Patterson
Power pop country? If you can imagine Hank Williams going electric, you’ve caught the Grainbelt vibe: punchy, raucous, and down-to-earth, layered with Roger Noyes and Jason Hughes’ dueling, intertwining pedal steel and electric guitar lyricism. Howard Glassman belts out his poetic tales of love and loss with unabashed abandon – hale and hearty, if sometimes heart-broken. Chris Blackwell on bass and Jimmy Kaufman on drums are a solid, pumping rhythm power plant.
They played to a delighted crowd packed into Caffe Lena, America’s oldest folk club, in Saratoga Springs on a recent Saturday night celebrating the release of their new CD, “A Distant Sound.” If there’s any way this music makes its way into the beyond… it wouldn’t surprise me if somebody up there likes them.