In the wake of The White Stripes, stripped-down rock'n'roll duos can seem a tired idea, but Tennessee's Black Diamond Heavies are a towering example of a real two-man soul and blues freakshow. This is for fans of the Black Keys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Immortal Lee County Killers, Muddy Waters.
The scourge of Montpelier, saloon chanteuse and angelic cynic. Clever guitar riffs and licks developed from the bleakness of insomnia and restless fingers, smacking of record obsession and long conversations with Beefheart and Bukowski. A blues experience from somewhere near the Cadbury House, she stumbles on stage twisted and shiny like a spent beer can.