Fashion-rock is about thought. People calculate and take positions on bands, based on some theory that has nothing to do with music and everything to do with some bizarre notion of hipster cred. On the other hand, people simply feel
blues-rock. And blues-rock, especially that produced by the Mighty Orq
, feels mighty, mighty good as sweet and natural and organic to his native Houston as the sound of seagulls at the beach. Along with honky-tonk, it is the official sound of the rapidly disappearing world of two-fisted, hard-drinking blue-collar Texas, and Orq (born 27 years ago as Joshua Davidson) brings something new to its table. Unlike so many young blues players, Orq knows how to relax. His playing, though fast at times, is never show-offy or forced, and his singing is just as laid-back.