Have some Bourbon

Courtesy of the Skull and Bone Band.

The Devil Smells Like Bourbon
SKULL AND BONE BAND

(Skullandboneband.com)

This Tampa quartet wears its influences on its lapels like a badge of honor. Imagine Jim Morrison fronting the Grateful Dead in blues mode, and that's pretty much the Skull and Bone Band. When they played the recent Doors tribute show at Skipper's, singer/guitarist Troy Youngblood's ability to channel the deep growl and stoner phrasing of the Lizard King proved eerie. And that's what we have on this S&B full-length: a collection of well-crafted homages to a couple of the primal forces of the late '60s. Doors fans might be elated to hear a vocalist aping their hero while others may be turned off by the blatant mimicry. 2.5 stars

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