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Crankshaft And The Gear Grinders / Junkyard Rhythm
Album:Junkyard Rhythm Collection:General
Artist:Crankshaft And The Gear Grinders Added:04/2011

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-09-11 Pull Date:2011-11-13 
Week Ending:23 Oct16 Oct9 Oct18 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 20, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Neighbor Boys
4.Sep 16, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Prayin' For Snow
2.Oct 15, 2011:ThermoNuclearBar/Nosotros Project
Ode To The '59
5.Sep 14, 2011:Brownian Motion
Prayin' For Snow
3.Oct 06, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Neighbor Boys

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-08-26 
The debut album of this Minneapolis group. Bar-band blues and blues-rock with electric guitar, bass, drums, and harmonica, literally recorded in a basement. All original songs written by Alex Larson, the guitarist and singer.

FCC in track 3.

1. Mid-tempo instrumental. Lightnin Hopkins riff on guitar with bass. Harp joins in later. (2:47)
2. Down-n-out blues with vocal, heavy on the blues harp. RIYL Charlie Musselwhite, say. (3:43)
3. FCC no no. Unimpressive song anyway. (3:15)
4. Standard 8-bar blues. Rhythm guitar propels it along. MANY verses; it gets tedious. (4:18)
5. * Up-tempo blues rock, heavy on rhythm guitar. Humorous lyric. (3:24)
6. Old timey sound, with honky-tonk piano & kazoo (maybe?). Perhaps play it for humor. (2:52)
7. Another 8-bar blues w shuffling rhythm. Uninspired lyric, a metaphor goes nowhere. (2:28)
8. * Finally something that rocks. Classic up-tempo 70s-style blues rock. (2:44)
9. Slow crawl. A bit of crunch on rhythm guitar. First use of a sax. Nothing too exciting. (3:57)
10. Like 8, fast, blues rock. A larger band this time. Driven by a walking bass line. (2:05)
11. Ode to a car. Mid-tempo rock song, not so bluesy. Mostly a singer & a guitar. (3:42)
12. Yet another blues rocker w rhythm gtr, vox & harp. Running out of things to say. (3:28)
13. * A slow blues instrumental. Just elec guitar, bass & drums. Stylish. Very short. (1:36)
14. Reprise track 1 but much faster this time. (2:27)

Track Listing
1.Junkyward Rhythm 8.Motocycle Woman
2.Leavin' This Town 9.Phantom Ring
3.Scrap Collectin' Man 10.Overheatin'
4.The Curse 11.327
5.Prayin' For Snow 12.Solid Gone
6.Neighbor Boys 13.Ode To The '59
7.I'm A Chainsaw 14.Junkyard Rhythm