Indie 101: Unkle Bob

This is only my second week at this underground music column and I'm already feeling a bit restless. Narrowing it down to only one artist a week seems a little bit like Chinese water torture, doesn't it?

This week I am representin' Unkle Bob. Unkle Bob is made up of Rick Webster (vocals, guitar), Stuart Cartwright (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Ron Yeadon (drums, percussion), Tad Macdonald (bass), and Geoff Widdowson (keyboards).  Am I the only one who thinks it is interesting that there is no one named "Bob" in this band?

Fun Fact: It is my opinion that the song Laid by James is one of the most marvelous songs in the entire world. You know the song. Trust me. Matt Nathanson did a cover of it for the American Pie Wedding Soundtrack. Anyway, Unkle Bob is on the label that ex- James guitarist Saul Davies founded. Cool shit. Right?

I featured The Hit Parade off of the Sugar and Spite album on Episode Five of our show and I can't help but clap along every time I hear it. Additionally, Swans is a beautiful tune and is also on the Sugar and Spite album. In case you are wondering if I am a moron who doesn't recognize the typo in "Sugar and Spice," you are floating in the same boat I was when I first read the album name.

Right now the band is running a poll to see which cities their North American tour should hit. Regardless of where you live, if you dig them, I think you should vote for Tampa, Florida.

You will love Unkle Bob if you love Ben Lee, Cary Brothers and Aqualung.

Unkle Bob: The Hit Parade

Unkle Bob: Swans

Unkle Bob at Myspace

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