late 2013, Boston-based Barrence
Whitfield and the Savages released their Bloodshot Records
debut full-length album and first US release in 20 years,
Dig Thy Savage Soul.
They are currently
working on the follow-up to that album.
Thanks to our pals over Bloodshot, MCB has been rushed a couple copies of this slick vinyl platter ready to roll out to you for Free Vinyl Friday!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win this golden nugget and be sure to catch the live show tomorrow night over at Lager House.
MCB's Bree Henry will be catching up with the boys for an interview tonight before the live show blows the doors off the Woodward Theatre in Cincinnati!
IN SHORT: Dig
Thy Savage Soul is a wealth of atomic-powered, sock it to me
R&B and rock & roll hoodoo. Barrence, possessing
otherworldly pipes that range from a low feral growl rumbling the nether regions
to a scream that would make Little Richard blush, belts out
originals and crate-diver covers with the formidable and aptly-named Savages.
They keep his back with a punk rock grit and blues ferocity that lives in the
frets between Chuck Berry and Jack White. Together, Barrence
and the Savages lay down a groovy racket that’s so thick and greasy, you need
moist towelettes near the hi-fi.
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages shot
out of Boston in the mid-‘80s with the force of a cannonball. Through their
sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B
what the Cramps were to rockabilly--a gateway musical drug for nascent
underground roots mavens. Along with original Savages guitarist Peter Greenberg
(The Lyres, DMZ) and bassist Phil Lenker, they released several records on
Rounder, became a favorite of BBC DJ Andy Kershaw, toured with the likes of
Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and George Thorogood, and won seven
Boston Music Awards. They re-united in 2011 with Savages Andy Jody on drums and
Tom Quartulli on sax.