So along comes Badcreek, a Fort Worth outfit that my friend Frank Cervantez (Sub Oslo, Stumptone) sez sounds like "the Bottle Rockets [running] into Marc Ford at Ol' South and [giving] him a ride home while listening to Uncle Tupelo." Besides the recommendation of someone whose opinion I respect, what caught my attention about these guys was their lineup, which includes Linc Campbell (ex-Mockingbird Cartel, ex-Suiciety) on guitar, Bob Nash (Raging Boner) on bass, and Riyad Elmasri, whom I remember being ubiquitous on the set in the waning days of the Wreck Room and during the brief existence of the Fairmount, that bridge-too-far on Magnolia that had the misfortune to _just_ precede that 'hood's more recent resurgence.
I'm encouraged, listening to the rehearsal recordings they have online at Reverbnation. Frontguy Eric Waldron does indeed have the same deadpan delivery as the Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman, and the band's sound is more in the messy, feedback-oozing rockaroll mold of Crazy Horse than the more stripped-down manner of many "Americana" purveyors. It's a dense, harmonic-rich sound, with the ringing overtones from the guitars reverberating over the riddim boyzzz' deliberate pace while Riyad interjects occasional Al Kooper-on-Highway 61 Revisited washes into the mix. Plenty of chances to catch 'em live in the coming weeks, too, with gigs booked at Lola's on July 21st, the Grotto on July 22nd, and Tomcats West on July 29th.