Spoken word master Gil Scott Heron stated it right when he said, “the Blues has (sic) always been totally American,” in his “Bicentennial Blues” serenade.
Given there are several political undertones within; the first part paints the picture of the Blues being American as apple pie – answering the question as to why Blues and America go hand in hand.
In the same way, there is no question whether the Blackfoot Gypsies are set to spread their message of American Blues with a raucous, rock ‘n’ roll explosion across the state.
Based out of Nashville, the duo is composed of singer and guitarist Matthew Paige along with drummer Zach Murphy.
Although the two-man band has been around for years, it has come to the forefront in recent days with success from groups like The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Jeff the Brotherhood.
Nonetheless, The Gypsies are no exception.
“We started off as a two-piece and hoped to expand but like the way it fits,” Paige said.
“It fits like O.J.’s glove,” Murphy jokingly noted.
“You can do more with less. We’re not doing anything with any technology. We function that way successfully. If it’s not broke then don’t fix it,” Paige said.
And by working with less, the end result is a forceful rock ‘n’ roll sound that crosses paths with several different genres and stands out as truly American most of all.
Paige and Murphy are full of get-up-and-go, and they charge forward with grooves and rhythms that are reminiscent of early Bluesmen like Robert Johnson or rock greats Led Zeppelin.
“We got started with the appreciation of all American music genres,” Paige said. He added their influences cross the spectrum from George Jones to The Ramones.
“We’re based in Blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. We’re into spreading awareness of these styles through our music.”
With responsibilities such as this, the group doesn’t worry about the money side too much, although they do realize the nature of the business.
“We started making music before money was in the equation. We’d like to destroy the Nickelbacks of the world,” Paige said.
“I know it’s a guilty pleasure. Some people like McDonald’s, but we’re tasteful,” Murphy said.
And simply being tasteful can go a long way these days.
The group is set to drop a new record in the early part of 2012, which will be released first on vinyl, with a digital release to follow. Whatever your blues may be, the Blackfoot Gypsies are sure to be a must-see in a live setting.
The Gypsies have a full schedule for the rest of the year, but you will be able to catch them in the mid-state with additional dates over the next few months, including shows in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga.
For more information on the band, check out the band’s Facebook page.
To view performances, visit their YouTube channel at youtube.com/blackfootgypsies.