Seth Yacovone Band
First Appeared in The Music Box July 2000, Volume 7, #7
Written by John Metzger
Itís not often that a band attempts to emulate Blues Traveler. Most jam bands seem perfectly content to follow in the funkier footsteps of Phish. Yet, Blues Traveler is exactly the group from which the Seth Yacovone Band seems to draw ó albeit with a heavier dose of the blues. While this doesnít work completely, itís still a refreshing change of pace.
Yessir!, Yacovoneís second album, captures his group performing at Vermontís Club Metronome in 1998. As such, it crackles with energy and is full of long, exploratory jams. The biggest problem lies in often infantile lyrics that so often seem to plague the jam band scene. Letís face it ó itís hard to take seriously a song called Chunky Baby Crap Brown Haggis on Toast or a chorus like "Hick jam, hick jam, hick jam/U.S.A./Hick jam, hick jam/Tomorrow and today." Then again, Yacovone was only in his late teens when the album was recorded, and while not everything is quite this bad, his lyrics and song titles will hopefully improve with time.
Fortunately, Yessir! isnít really about the lyrics. Itís about the music, and here is where the Seth Yacovone Band truly delivers. Yacovoneís style fluidly shifts between those of Mike Bloomfield and Duane Allman. Further driving the music are the snaking Bobby Sheehan-like bass lines of Tommy Coggio and the John Mayall- and Charlie Musselwhite-inspired harmonica grooves of Luke Boggess. Combined, the group tears into their jazz and blues-fueled repertoire with unyielding passion and invigorating conviction, often working snippets of other songs into their solo excursions. In their short existence, the band has turned quite a few heads in New England, and as they mature and expand their presence, theyíll surely make a name for themselves from coast to coast. Ĺ
1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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