By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England Correspondent
Venue: The Met – Hope Artist Village, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-The Silks with special guest Julie Rhodes – Friday April 14th
Two power houses hit the Met! Providence’s own “The Silks” along with Boston based “Julie Rhodes Band” deliver a one two punch.
The preliminary round featured the powerfully strong lead vocals of Julie Rhodes, as the Julie Rhodes Band quickly grabs the audience and refuses to let them off the ropes. A voice reminiscent of a Janis Joplin, Etta James or Aretha Franklin, blues rocker Julie Rhodes showed off her wide vocal range, while the band (with Tyler-James Kelly in their corner for one round) artfully supporting. Whether performing an original from their “Bound to Meet the Devil” album or an Etta James cover, the Julia Rhodes Band impressed in the early rounds.
Before we can recover, “The Silks” take the stage and immediately pepper the standing room crowd with hard hitting jabs.
Tyler-James Kelly (Vocals/Guitar}, Jonas Parmelee (Guitar}, and Uncle Sam Jodrey (Drums) make up the self described “mangy blues rock power trio”.
Winner of Boston Music Award for “Best Blues Band” The Silks bob and weave through fan favorites from their “Last American Band” and “Turn Me On” albums.
Jonas Parmelee’s bass set the tempo along with Uncle Sam’s pummeling percussion produce a rhythm section that defies stagnation, you simply must move with the music or risk a TKO.
This is a fully seasoned band and it’s obvious they enjoy playing together. Tyler-James Kelly stage presence is at once friendly and commanding as his effortless vocal ability ranges from blues, to smooth country, to ballsy rock. His guitar work is superb! Immediately obvious, this is not your standard club player. Tyler is one of the best guitarist in New England.
The Silks finished with an acoustic set that culminated in a final round of pitch perfect harmony with all three members taking to the mic. From down-and-dirty blues to hard hitting rock with a southern influence, they lay it all out and hold nothing back. The Silks are a knockout show not to be missed.
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