Best Of 2016

Best garage-blues ass-kickers: SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING

Best garage-blues ass-kickers

This year’s most noteworthy garage-blues revivalists deliver it down ’n dirty, their crashing and roiling sounds heavy on the ’70s-vintage prog and psych influences with crunchy cock-rocking riffage and oozy stoner grimness. The band – currently guitarist/singer Raf Soto, bassist Casey Little, drummer David Gracia, Jr. and Cameron Floyd on congas – delivered an eponymous debut in January and have since followed with a slew of live dates and a memorable performance on WMNF’s Musicians Wanted.facebook.com/smokestacklightningfl. —Leilani Polk