Five-Star Fridays

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Here’s an incredible Nashville band I saw a couple weeks ago. Not sure this video fully does them justice. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bigger sound from a two-piece band, and that would include both the White Stripes and the Black Keys.

The band is the Cold Stares. The song is “Brother James”.

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12 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays”

  1. #1 |  Gordon | 

    Nice find, Radley! I’d definitely shell out to see them live.

    PS: Thanks for throwing us some gems to give us a respite from the nut-punches!

    Happy New Year!

  2. #2 |  Will Grigg | 

    I. LOVE. THIS.

    Thanks for letting me know about these guys. I’m not a big fan of two-piece bands, but I LOVE big-assed blues like this.

    Heretical as it sounds, I’d really like to hear Joe Bonamassa cover this tune. This was a killer performance, but I think with a tight bass line and a touch of B-3 on top it would bring the world to an end.

  3. #3 |  Greg N. | 

    This is great, but what explains the decision not to add a bass? Or at least a second lower-tuned guitar. I don’t get what they’d lose with more on the low end.

  4. #4 |  Will | 

    great band. Thanks for the tip.

  5. #5 |  Mark | 

    I’d be fine with him adding a second guitar. As long as it looks like this:

  6. #6 |  Mark | 

    Obviously I can barely turn my computer on as well. what are link tags again?

  7. #7 |  Andrew | 

    Good stuff. I believe he’s got an octaver pedal (or something similar) going to cover the bass. He kicks it on for the chorus.

    Less band members = more cash!!

  8. #8 |  Marty | 

    he gets a great sound out of that ugly-ass guitar! what is that?!!

  9. #9 |  Rick H. | 

    This is great. Two-man bands kick ass when the chemistry is right. Do the Black Diamond Heavies still live in Nashville? They’re an awesome live duo: Rhodes organ & drums.

  10. #10 |  Nick T. | 

    He gets an amazing low end sound out of that guitar which probably explains the fullness to the sound. Almost every guitar riff has an accompanying note that sounds like a bass guitar, so that’s likely why they don’t need a bassist.

    Amazing song. Very 7 Nation Army in the sense that the chorus has no lyrics and is just a sick guitar riff.

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