The inaugural Westport Roots Fest, centered around the Westport Saloon
and taking place on Saturday, May 24, is approaching fast. To prepare for the pending roots romp presented by the good folks at Little Class Records
, The Pitch
will be highlighting a "song of the day" from one of the featured artists in the weeks leading up to fest.
Joe Buck - the stage name for Kentucky native Jim Finklea - is something of an odd duck in the Westport Roots Festival lineup. You can think of his music as more "hellbilly" than hillbilly: Buck prefers distorted guitars and angry bass rhythms to the traditional notions of roots music. His voice is a gothic growl that will haunt your nightmares. But it's not just punk-rock driven country: Joe Buck's arrangements are electric and addictive, and you'll find yourself drawn into his particular horror story even more when you see him perform live.
For more information on the Westport Roots Festival, to view the full lineup and to purchase tickets, go here
#15: The Whistle Pigs' "Alcohol"
#14: The Calamity Cubes' "Gold Light"
#13: County Graves' "We All Die Alone"
#12: AJ Gaither OMB's "Ain't Enough Whiskey"
#11: Billy Beale's "Kansas City Hear I Come"
#10: Twenty Thousand Strongmen's "Hand Me Downs"
#9: Cadillac Flambé's "Long Black Porch"
#8: Clawhammer's "Della"
#7: Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys' "I Should Be Gone by Now"
#6: Viva Le Vox's "Blood Stains and Burn Holes"
#5: Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy's "I Saw Your Daughter"