Have you ever heard of the music style Juke Joint Blues? If not, you can thank Willy and the Planks for inviting you to the party. With the release of their brand new self-titled album, they are making sure that listeners remember just how much fun music can be, while still embracing some serious content.

This hot new musical act from Lebanon, Tennessee, is capturing the hearts of many listeners for the sheer integrity they bring to their songwriting. Every track on this groovy, and grungy, sounding album is both heartfelt and poetic. It is the sort of music that is easily absorbed, and doesn’t hang out in the obscure, it is straight to the point, and just a whole lotta fun!

It doesn’t take long to see that Willy and the Planks are obviously huge fans of live music, as the album itself effortlessly transports listeners to the late-night hours of a local bar, and not one of those soulless corporate machines either, I’m talking the sort of bar that the likes of Jim Morrison, Muddy Waters, and David Kimbrough Jr, would appreciate. There is a lot of soul to these tracks, and right now the band is shining a light on their new single titledKeep Your Hands Off Her. Right from the get-go this track hooks you in with a simple, yet effective, guitar riff, courtesy of Willy Gibbs, and the accompanying methodical drum style of Chris Gibbs. When you add on the smoky and instantly classic sound of Mark Noble, what you end up with is a real treat of a fresh sounding new song.

Capturing the raw heart and soul of the band is their new music video for the song titled See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. This black and white beauty is exactly what I would want to see from a band with this very unique sound. Dressed in suits and walking the city streets, this cinematic piece adds to the very song itself. I found myself watching it multiple times just to let it all sink in, and when turned up, it is just a solid track to groove to.

With the popular opinion that music is in decline, and that corporate musicians are in control, it is unique bands like Willy and the Planks that strive to prove that theory wrong. These are the important musicians who create story-driven songs that help you forget about the cynical outlook, and remind you that music should always help you feel more alive.

Willy and the Planks can be found on Facebook, Soundcloud, YouTube and their official website.

by Ryan Donnelly

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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