The Silks: Album perfect for summer BBQ

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The Silks album, “Turn Me On,” is music you can dance to. It’s the kind of music that fits in the background at backyard barbeques. The sound is a mixture of classic-rock, rock and roll and blues, with guitar twang riffs and harmonica solos.

The opening track, “Let It Ride,” is a hard-grooving song with a catchy hook that after only hearing once will get stuck in your head for days. Front man Tyler-James Kelly’s often-raspy voice sends out messages of acceptance and complacence, “I’m not going nowhere/ I’m quite satisfied.”

Kelly and Steve Rizzo at Stable Sound produced the eight-song album in Portsmouth in July 2016. Each song is between three and four minutes long, ending just as quickly as they began. Listening to the album would take about the amount of time it takes to drive to the beaches on a weekend.

“Rolling Wheel” is a favorite- a song that compares life to driving an old junker. With an easy, traveling melody cruising from Sam Jodrey’s bass, the song is bluesy from start to finish. Add in a steady beat from drummer Jonas Parmelee, and it’s impossible not to tap your feet.

“You may look rough but you’re still made of steel.” Kelly sang about his old pile of rust, “Don’t it feel good to be back on the rolling wheel.”

It has a classic-rock feel – the kind of song to play on the weekend off from work, traveling down the highway with the windows down and the breeze in your hair.

As with most rock stars, the band has a softer side. This is presented in a blues song with a slow beat and soulful harmonica. The song seems intentionally made to wind down an audience at a hopping show- giving lovers a chance to wrap in each others arms and slowly sway to the tune.

“Honey don’t you remember/ I’m the one you said you loved/ Honey don’t you remember/ I’m the one you’re thinking of,” Kelly sings in “Blue.” 

2016 Boston Blues Artist of the Year, the Silks released their first album, “Down at the Heel,” in May 2013 and forged their way in the Providence music scene to be known as a crowd pleaser. The third album yet, “Turn Me On” was proceeded by the release of “Last American Band,” which came out in September 2013.

Based out of Providence, the Silks have been traveling across the east coast this summer, playing six more shows until the end of the tour. August 26 Blues and BBQ Festival at Bold Point Park in East Providence features The Silks alongside brisket, pulled pork, fried chicken and bourbon. Tickets are available at a discounted price on Groupon. The summer closeout show is at The Met in Pawtucket on September 29. More information and to listen to the album, go to www.thesilksmusic.com.

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