If you’ve ever listened to DC’s Benjy Ferree, then you know he packs a punch. Never have I felt his right hook more than when I listen to his new album Come Back To The Five And Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee. The heart of the album is based on Ferree’s childhood obsession Bobby Dricoll aka Peter Pan. Driscoll’s life was tumultuous to say the least. After the success of the movie in the 50s, the class act Disney kicked him to the curb. Driscoll was getting older and could no longer land a quality job with out his youthful Peter Pan appearance to back him up. Ultimately drugs and alcohol were his demise. Ferree tackles this life as if it were his own and drenches his songs with grit and emotion that is not often heard. The style pegged for Ferree is Americana Rock but really with this emotional saturation – it’s the blues. A soulful blues at that. If you’re in the mood for some well crafted, powerfully performed neo blues rock, then Benjy Ferree might just stamp your ticket with a ride on Come Back To The Five And Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee.
mp3: Benjy Ferree -Tired Of Being Good
mp3: Benjy Ferree – Blown Out
Time to celebrate the last day of February!!! Here’s my suggestions…DC9 in DC is having their 5 Year Anniversary party and are featuring performances from Jukebox The Ghost and J-Roddy Walston and The Business. Should be dynamite! Also in DC are Benjy Ferree, Tim Fite, and Laughing Man. They play the Black Cat. The Velvet Lounge has a good one with Deleted Scenes, Batata Doce (ex Rock*A*Teens), and Mittenfields while Dan Aurebach takes down the 9:30 Club. Hacienda and Those Darlins open for him. Up in Philly classic hip hop is in town with the Black Sheep at the Khyber. Zilla Rocca opens. Finally don’t forget that Thievery Corporation play the Electric Factory and Tapes ‘n Tapes, Wild Light and The Subjects continue their tour through the area making a stop at Johnny Brenda’s. Enjoy!
mp3: Wild Light – Lawless River
mp3: Tapes ‘n Tapes – Omaha
mp3: Benjy Ferree – Fear
mp3: Deleted Scenes – Take My Life
mp3: Jukebox The Ghost – Static
Photo by Molly Moormeier
Tonight in Baltimore don’t miss out on a good one over at the Talking Head with Scary River, Deleted Scenes, and La Strada. Also in Baltimore are Food For Animals who play The Zodiac with AK Slaughter and Mickey Free. Down in DC the Sixth and I Synagogue has M. Ward and Vivian Girls while The Rock and Roll Hotel has The Dance Party, Ra Ra Rasputin, and The Known Unkowns. Up north in Philly Tim Fite plays the M Room with Benjy Ferree while Pattern Is Movement plays Johnny Brenda’s with Whales and Cops and Papertrigger (it’s there album release show). Also don’t forget that Fountains Of Wayne play the Tin Angel as well. Enjoy!
mp3: Tim Fite – More Clothes
mp3: Pattern Is Movement – Jenny Ono
mp3: Papertrigger – We Are Nations Now!
mp3: M. Ward – Rollercoster
mp3: Food For Animals – Swampy Summer Jam
mp3: Deleted Scenes – Get Your Shit Together For The Holidays
mp3: Benjy Ferree – Great Scott
Photo: Wendy Peyton
Tonight in Baltimore don’t miss the fabulous Mates Of State at the Ottobar with Brother Reade and Avocado Happy Hour. Down in DC Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and the Castanets play DC9 while hip hop flourishes over at the 9:30 Club with Jedi Mind Tricks, Outerspace, Reef The Lost Cauze, King Magnetic, and Adlib. Up in Philly Benjy Ferree and Shortstack play the M Room while Spanish Prisoners, The Antlers, and The Black Atlantic play the Fire. Enjoy!
mp3: Mates Of State – Fraud In The 80′s
mp3: Benjy Ferree – In The Country Side
mp3: Shortstack – Wiseblood
mp3: Spanish Prisoners – Some Among Them Are Killers
mp3: The Antlers – The Universe Is Going To Catch You