LO-FI: Free First Friday feat. The Minks, Ben Miller Band
About The Minks
The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s as much a throwback as it is an answer to the often overlooked underbelly of Nashville’s rock and roll scene.
Front woman Nikki Barber hightailed it to Music City a few years back in hopes of pursuing her musical birthright. With just a guitar and a dream, she created The Minks because she had to. It was this “create or combust” determination, and a little help from her friends, that made her vision a reality. With a few hundred miles, a couple of EPs, some new faces, and a slew of local buzz under their belts, the band sets out to release their first full-length record (Light and Sweet) this Fall through Cafe Rooster Records and tour for forever.
About Ben Miller Band
Miller’s band delivers such memorable new tunes as “Nothing Gets Me Down,” “Akira Kurosawa,” “Trapeze,” “Lighthouse” and “Mississippi Cure” with the sort of unpretentious enthusiasm that’s already won the group a devoted fan base that stretches from the band’s midwestern home turf to the U.K. and Europe, where they’ve toured to rave reviews.Choke Cherry Tree introduces a retooled Ben Miller Band lineup, with Miller and fellow founding member Scott Leeper joined by new additions Rachel Ammons and Smilin’ Bob Lewis.The pair’s multi-instrumental skills bring added authority to Miller’s rootsy new compositions, while maintaining the high energy level (complete with homemade instruments constructed from broken and discarded axes) that originally endeared the band to its fans. Elsewhere,Rachel Ammons’ expressive vocals lend depth to the haunting “Redwing Blackbird.”