Original Bands: In Praise Of There has been so much consternation and bickering as of late over this whole original/cover bad thing that it seemed like a good time to give credit where credit is due to some of the best examples of bands out there doing their own thing! I’ll start with three that I think are just great! I like “Rootsy” music be it rock, blues or whatever so here goes … the names link to their MySpace so you can hear a sample Delta Highway … made up from members from N.Carolina, Memphis and parts unknown, they are very influenced by the North Mississippi drone style blues, and yet bring a fresh approach to it. They are up for the current BMA (blues music award) and tour extensively, catch them live if you get a chance. I’ve sat in with these guys before and it’s a kick! The HEAP … from Athens GA. I heard these guys MySpace stuff maybe a year or so ago and was just blown away by the innovation and musicianship! First thing right off, they have TWO bass players Jeff on EUB and Bryan on what looks to be a Hofner type bass , also with 3 horns, keys, percussion, and drums! Love the Stax like horn punches with jazzy overlays and killer groove. Danko Jones … Ontario Canada To my taste rock and roll at its best! Raw and fun with a street tough edge it’s like the Ramones of the new century. All the players seem to be in a state of constant pedal to the metal, with a greasy organic groove. Bassist JC (John Calabrese) has a tone just “is” the definition of classic overdriven rock, check out the track Boogie Woogie to hear what I mean! ... Share some of your favorites and so we can give a wider audience to well deserving new artist.