Red Jacket Mine – “Bellar & Bawl” b/w “Grow Your Own” 45

January 01, 1970



Seattle’s Red Jacket Mine, whose Ken Stringfellow-produced Lovers Lookout (2009) generated
favorable comparisons from this very publication
to vintage psych, Big
Star-informed garage/pop and Memphis/Muscle Shoals soul, is in the middle of a
singles-issuing frenzy, of which the platter at hand is the followup to
February’s “Listen Up” 45. Another single is in the wings, with a full-length
scheduled for early 2013, so without further adieu:


The Faces-meets-Georgia Satellites “Bellar & Bawl”
marries choppy power pop guitars to insistent Memphian ivories, and all the
tuneful swagger implied by that description
should not be underestimated; this is a song destined, if musical justice
prevails, to be covered by bar bands across the land – at first, second, third
and last call. Meanwhile, the soulful, more pub-rocking “Grow Your Own” (as in,
“grow your own soul,” natch) takes things down a notch or two while providing
crucial sustenance for, as the saying goes, your rock ‘n’ roll…


Wait, did the man mention soul? Yeahhhh… FRED MILLS

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