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Ripping It Up with The Beverly Brothers

The Beverly Brothers tear into the Everly's back pages

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by Lee Paul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2016
Like three of the Bobby Fuller Four

Beverly Brothers
Live At the Chaos Acoustic Club

I suppose Dread Zeppelin set the bar high for covers bands, while my own favorites that I haven't even seen are Nudist Priest, well you can imagine that act, and Pearl Ham, the overweight Pearl Jam covers band, while for some, those Bootleg Beatles are the ultimate tribute band, there are plenty of U2 tribute acts and the Smiths... Sweet and Tender Hooligans,  The (fantastic - all female) Sheilas Take A Bow, then there's Mexrissey, I mean, everyone has a favorite covers band, and the Beverly Brothers could be everyone's favorite covers band.

Taking the stage to close another great evening presented by the Chaos Acoustic Folk club, the trio of Beverly Brothers, tearing through the Everly's hits, beginning of course to not so gently stir up the room with their version Wake Up Little Susie. And it's astonishing, heavy metal acoustic guitars and edgy vocals, with Jim's truly great protean guitar playing making them sound like three of the Bobby Fuller Four, erm, minus the drums. The acoustic guitar attack broad and wide and deep and wonderful, akin to the primitive texas garage bands of the 60s. That's where they are taking it. This is probably the sound Lou Reed had in his head while he was scratching around before the Velvet Underground. It was fun!

The Beverly Brothers are lead vocalist, Pete Beverly, the mysterious Dik Beverly on guitar and transmogrified vocals harmonies - truly v.odd to hear mid-atlantic Indiana accented singing voice from the normally broad brummie bigmouth aka Dik Guru... and of course the band is rounded out by the aforementioned Jim Beverly on guitar.

I showed up expecting a wedding band and left hypnotized by some sonic harmonies and good rockin' guitar. Although, still alright for more esoteric types of wedding.

All in all a splendid way to enjoy a Sunday night.

The Beverly's were preceded by Almost Autumn - I wandered in on them to witness an almost Civil Wars level of intimate emotional intensity. And lovely guitar playing and singing. Can't wait to see them again.

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