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.
Jim Eaton isn't doing anything particularly new with his band Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders. The songs fall somewhere after the tradition of classic country and hover just on the edge of modern radio country - thankfully, Eaton and crew refrain from the common trappings of the genre. In "Rollin' a Seven," you can hear all of what Eaton and his Benders do well: New Orleans jazz hall piano, southern-fired electric guitar, and Eaton's own round, comfortable voice. This man could sing the phonebook and make it sound like an old classic.
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"
#4: Joe Buck Yourself's "Devil is on His Way"
#3: Deadman Flats' "Trashy Girl"
#2: Kansas City Bear Fighters' "Sailors"