A Funky Good Time

Austin’s Peterson Brothers are mind-blowingly good, way beyond their years talented and great entertainers, putting on a jump up and get out of your seat show. 20 year old guitarist Glenn Jr. channels many of the greats of blues, jazz and funk and 18 year-old Alex’s stunning 5 string bass solos make greats like Stanley Clark sound like old hat. Propulsive and often original interpretations of a wide range of classics, from Freddie King to SRV and beyond, all sung and played with an obvious passion and joy, had the Sings Like Hell audience at the Lobero dancing and whooping like they were in the best road house in the country. The brothers’ foray into the house to mix it up with the patrons amped things up a notch before a couple of encores brought their set to a close. How do you follow that?? Well, the Jason Spooner Band did a fine job, playing bluesy and gritty songs written by the multi-award-winning frontman from Portland, Maine. He goes way beyond the folk label he’d rather not be saddled with and is firmly in the best singer-songwriter camp, backed by a trio of superb musicians, and they came up with a good bit of funkiness too.