Taddy Porter: Taddy Porter


RIYL: Bad Company, Kings of Leon, The Black Crowes

Let’s hope the members of Taddy Porter have a sense of humor, because when a band comes out of Stillwater, Oklahoma waving the ’70s classic rock flag like a lighter at a Zeppelin show, the “Almost Famous” jokes frankly write themselves. One listen to the band’s eponymous debut, though, suggests that the band is well aware of the coincidence, and probably finds it amusing. Singer Andy Brewer has a raspy growl that’s equal parts Paul Rodgers and Anthony Caleb Followill, and Joe Selby is – and it kills us to say this, but such is the state of music – a pure throwback guitar player, punctuating the songs with melodic riffs, power chords and, wonder of wonders, honest to goodness guitar solos. Nothing here is going to rewrite the rules of rock, but that’s hardly the point – they’re a good time band playing good time rock (notably “Big Enough” and the cowbell-happy lead single “Shake Me”), and God knows the world could use a few more bands like that. (Primary Wave 2010)

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