“Bryce — who I'd seen before, but solo and probably five years ago — is a fun character, a part-time Bend resident who goes up to Alaska each summer to fight fires. He's also a hardcore blues fan who grew up on the raw power of Detroit's punk/rock scene before discovering ancient bluesmen like Fred McDowell and Son House.
On this night, Blackflowers Blacksun was a trio, rounded out by Randy Rooker on drums and Andy Coman on lap-steel guitar. Their formation — all seated, in a triangle — invited the audience to move in closer, forming a tight circle around the band.
I wonder if the folks up front went home with singed eyebrows. Blackflowers Blacksun's take on the blues has no place in a world of Jonny Langs or even The Black Keys. This is low-down, dirty blues, rooted in an acoustic tradition but punked up by the power of electricity and Bryce's ragged howl.
It's an inviting combo to anyone with an adventurous ear, especially in a town like Bend where bands like Hillstomp and Sas”