Life, Music

Clear a space for Bobby Tanqueray

I’m sure it’s the old disk jockey in me, but I just have to share new music that really moves me. I don’t remember now how I stumbled upon this video, but I had to hear it only once before I started scouring YouTube for more from this band.

Lake Street Dive is drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, guitarist and trumpet player (trumpetitst?) Mike Olson, and vocalist Rachael Price. They became a band when they met at school in Boston a few years ago, and now they record and tour. They cover songs from a sweeping range of sources but always leave their fingerprints all over them. Yet I think they shine brightest on their original compositions. Here’s one.

Their sound reminds me of an old-school vocals-forward jazz quartet with strong pop sensibilities. And Rachael Price’s strong, deep vocal would be right at home on a Motown record. Here’s one more original song from them.

If Lake Street Dive’s sound is working for you as it does for me, there’s plenty more on YouTube where these came from.

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