ReviewShine Wednesday: Drunk on Crutches

We’re going with a bit of a different sound today for ReviewShine Wednesday with the rock heavy music of Drunk on Crutches. The band’s sound is primarily built around brash rock and roll guitars that contain just the right amount of swagger to place them perfectly in their home base of L.A. This isn’t just some California vanity project, though. Listen closely, and you’ll start to hear songwriter and vocalist Jennifer Whittenburg’s Georgia roots begin to show.

Maybe it was the wailing harmonica and the railing against the bright lights of Los Angeles in “Using Me Up.” Maybe it was Whittenburg’s smokey vocal on the downbeat acoustic number “Oh Well.” It may have even been the dreamy country-rock reading of Neil Young’s “L.A.” Whatever it was, something about this album grabbed me immediately and brought me in. This is a highly melodic (check out the track I’m posting, “Apt. 16”) album that satisfies my Rock & Roll side quite nicely.
Drunk On Crutches: Apt 16 (Buy Album)

This post is also serving as a reminder that I will be joined on the air at WDVX tonight by local musician Greg Horne. It’s all part of the Spring Fund Drive at WDVX. As I mentioned before, Greg is a phenomenally talented guitar player who is well respected in Knoxville as a songwriter, session player, producer, side man, and solo artist.

Greg’s new solo project, Basically Sane, came out recently and has been warmly received in town. It’s mostly an acoustic effort built to showcase Greg’s playing and lyrics. At it’s heart, Basically Sane is a folk record, but it’s more than that as well. The more traditional numbers such as “Fall on My Knees” and “Rock That Cradle, Joe” are offset by the more rocking “I Liked You Better” and the trippy “Phone Call From Glen.” No matter the style, each song is built around Greg’s extremely skilled finger picked melodies that showcase a talent that deserves to be heard outside of Knoxville.
You can hear Greg with me in the studio at 6:00 (Eastern) by tuning to the WDVX webcast or find out more at his website.
Greg Horne: I Liked You Better (Buy Album)

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