The Gasoline Gypsies set fire to the stage at Top Of The Park during Ann Arbor Summer Fest with the universal power of blues fueled rock music
Gasoline Gypsies at Top of the Park
When I saw the lineup for the Ann Arbor Summer festival included the Gasoline Gypsies playing during Top Of The Park, I quickly made a note to get my butt down there to see them. The evening was picture perfect for simmering rock music infused with high octane blues. In case you are curious, the band is Caleb Malooley (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Neal Love (guitar, vocals), Steve Briere (vocals, bass), and Joe Makowski (drums). As soon as they started to play, I knew we were in for a good time.
Given this was my first time seeing the Gasoline Gypsies, I was caught up in the moment and didn’t catch the setlist. However, I can share some thoughts on the tunes that struck a chord with me. The swampy swagger of “Freaks and Non-Believers” had me singing hallelujah. The rhythm popped and the sassy guitars gave that song some heat. There was “Walking Trouble” featuring some amazing vocal harmonies. Caleb (lead vocals) has a pleasing gravel and grit which is nicely contrasted by the higher vocals of Neal and Steve. The combination had me thinking of the Eagles with a bit more bite.
“Norma Jeane” and “Come Down to the River” showcase the Gasoline Gypsies firing on all cylinders. Bluesy with a bit of R&B swing, these songs are just the ticket for rocking out with friends. Steve and Joe were in their element playing rhythms bursting with soul. Their playing mirrored the zeal this band has for creating music to move their audience both physically and spiritually.
Being a fan of rocking blues guitar, I dug the expressive playing of Caleb and Neal. Each of them rifled off saucy licks that made each tune pop. The southern rock inspired guitar harmonies added to the Allman brothers meets the Black Crowes vibe.
After the Gasoline Gypsies set, I made a b-line for their merchandise table to pick up a copy of their cd ‘Killin Time’. The disc is almost as good as seeing them live, but go see them in person for the full effect. They have a campaign currently on Pledge Music for their next album. You can get some sweet deals including a fishing trip of all things. If you enjoy rock music firmly rooted in the blues with sweet guitar and grooves to move you, then keep the Gasoline Gypsies on your radar.
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