Red Idle Rejects is Steve Bowling’s band out of Cincinnati. He had another project, Red Idle, a rock band playing mostly covers, so he brought along his original stuff for them to hear. Yeah, nah they said, too country, let’s stick to covers.
Rejects! I’m not sure whether Red Idle Rejects refers to the songs or the guys who said nah, but I’m happy with their decision. We’re better off for it.
Genus Americanas is their 3rd album. Out on September 10th. This is rollicking good stuff, infectious Johnny Cash-like rhythm, sometimes familiar chord progressions and tuneful solos from guitar and fiddle. Dave’s lilting vocals remind me of Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum.
The ten songs reflect life’s everyday struggles in middle America, and as such, this is a very pleasing and easily accessible collection of tunes.
Hewn From A Loving Hand is a song a little like John Prine’s Grandpa Was A Carpenter, although this Grandad is more of an artist with his wood. Table Leg is more of a traditional rocker. My favourite is Red Striped Shirt, sung mainly and beautifully by Steve’s daughter Rachel Bowling, about the man who was so proud of his new shirt that he not only wore it everywhere, he lay face down in his grave, the better to show it off as the dirt fell down.
Steve Bowling writes and sings. Daughters Gracie and Rachel join him on vocals, as does Kurt Kaufman. Justin Bridges on fiddle, Daniel Ferguson on bass. Mick Waltrip plays the drums and Steve Sigsbee decorates with all types of guitar.
Another fine band from America’s Americana heartland, too numerous to ever know but a fraction. But check them out, September 10th, on Spotify and the other usual streaming suspects. Go direct to redidlerejects.com
Well worth a listen or three. They’d be great fun at The Tuning Fork in Auckland, NZ.