Kelly didn’t recall specific words of advice from Westerberg; the gist was “basically hold your course and keep it fun,” he recalled.
Last American Band is a blast, and easily one of the best local albums of the year. I was hooked about 30 seconds into the opening track, “Livin’ In the World.” Donnelly and Parmalee creep behind the wobbly guitar riff before Kelly comes in howling and growling. “Down At the Heel” follows, with Kelly commanding the room like a southern preacher disguised in denim. He gets a coonskin cap and brand new shoes on “Mountain Man,” and hits the harmonica on “Try All You Want” and “Big Talk.” Two-minute boot-stompers “Mean Ol’ Woman” and “All In the Family” and the slow-burner “Trouble” build the momentum, and the latter track catches fire behind Kelly’s guitar solo. The guys were clearly having a good time in the studio — listen closely during the solo bridge of “Grave Digger” and you’ll hear the large can of firecrackers they set off in the studio (“That was fun”).
But the live show is where the Silks really shine, and we’ve been spoiled with plenty of local gigs, from Lily Pads to Local 121 and Dusk. The trio is looking to expand the tour circuit a bit.
“We were declined from the agents we have reached out to so far, and it’s a bummer because, boy, do we love to play,” Kelly said.
“It’s rock ’n’ roll, man. We’re gonna keep on pushing.”
THE SILKS + TOY SOLDIERS | Friday, November 29 + DETROIT REBELLION + SMITH & WEEDEN | Saturday, November 30 | Both shows @ 9 pm, all ages, $10 | Fête Lounge, 103 Dike St, Providence | 401.383.1112 | fetemusic.com