Dirty Hippie Radio can recognize that this fantastic group from New York has something really special going on. Sons of an Illustrious Father are extremely good at what they do. They clearly possess the pure, innate essence of artistry that manifests the raw extension of what’s naturally contained within themselves, awaiting expression. One man can take a guitar, learn some chords, and mimmic learned sounds. Another man can take a guitar and channel himself through it, expressing his essence through the strings of his instrument and creating art. One woman can take singing lessons, sing a tune, and produce vocalized sounds that may sound appealing. Another woman can expel through her breath a specter of her very heart and soul, which will break you down to your knees in reverent weakness. Her words aren’t forced or rehearsed, they’re felt. I have thus begun to describe what sets apart the Sons of an Illustrious Father.
The Sons boast stunning vocals from both male and female lead singers. (I hope it’s an unoffensive compliment, but the female lead vocalist reminds one of Norah Jones.) Both lead vocalists twist, turn, and guide the listener throughout the course of their music, often crooning you into submission, while at other moments rocking your face off. Their lyrics are blown into fantastic episodes of life with the accompaniment of banjo, violin, stand up bass, harmonica, shredding acoustic guitars, (occasional melting electric guitar solos), and good ol’ super charged folk music. Supercharged, because no matter whether the Sons are rocking it hard, tearing the joint down and stomping fear into the floor beneath their feet, or maintaining that melancholy tempo that is so often an ode to life and the belly of human experience, they preserve the highest caliber of masterful artistry. In other words, they’re really good at what they do.
Let Sons of an Illustrious Father into your life and be grateful to them. Perhaps for now they are not flooding the airwaves or filling the tv networks, but mark my words: they very well could, should, and probably will. Don’t miss the raw forefront.
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