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Sounds Like: The Black Keys, JD McPherson, Southern Culture on the Skids, Gary Clark Jr, Wanda Jackson
Label: FatCat Radio Network
Bio: Forging his own brand of high-energy, low-brow Upper Mississippi blues, the one-man band powerhouse Crankshaft has been gigging around Minneapolis for nearly three years. Expanding his fanbase with every frenzied performance, Crankshaft earns his living as a musician and is taking his show on th...See Full Bio
“I gotta confess, I'm not the biggest fan of popular music; most of it hurts my ears. But when I heard a teaser of Crankshaft's “What You Gonna Do?,” I needed to hear more. Crankshaft is a breath of fresh air. He's deeply rooted in and finely spins together blazin' blues, rockabilly, a little swing, a pinch of Hank Williams country, with some punk attitude thrown in for extra flavor. It's a throwback to the heyday of a young Elvis Presley and the king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale. Surprisingly, Crankshaft isn't drowned out by these influences, quite the contrary, he draws on them, but the sound is uniquely his. I can't even come up with a comparison to who he sounds like, because he doesn't sound like anyone else. While I especially loved “When The Sun Goes Down,” my favorite is “Trail Of Tears.” It's sultry, smoky … simply devastating. I'm not one to gush about a CD – I tell you what I hear and let you make the decision to buy, but I highly recommend you buy this one.”