This blog shifts between a folk music blog, and americana music blog, on Friday’s a honky-tonk blog and occasionally, when the mood strikes, a kind of 80′s retro blog. Today we’re going back to the future with new music from the reformed band The dB’s. Their brand of smart power pop was all the rage in college radio in the early 80′s – The Smithereens may have had more hits and the Posies more critical acclaim – but it is the dB’s that everyone references when you talk about power pop from this era.
The talent of the band can be expressed by looking at the individual members and their long careers post breakup. Chris Stamey went on to become a preeminent power pop singer-songwriter and a first call producer, Peter Holsapple basically joined REM becoming their fifth member and Will Rigby is everyone’s favorite drummer playing with the likes of Steve Earle, Laura Cantrell, Matthew Sweet, Freedy Johnston, and Kelly Willis.
The new record Falling Off The Sky sounds great and should be available in June on Bar-None Records.