From the depths of the murky netherworld that is the Boston music scene, Willie T & Doctor X emerge as a breath of fresh air, and a welcome antidote to the angry thrash din that has been in vogue in Boston for so long. They’ve cut their teeth on the club and college circuit throughout the Northeastern United States, dishing out their distinctive brand of rock, folk, and blues. Willie T’s deep, resonant, vocal style and masterful self-accompaniment on acoustic and electric guitars is backed by the soulful blues harmonica, and gutsy vocals of Doctor X. On their “Hogs On Ice” CD they have been joined by some of the most talented performers in the Boston area. Their musical influences are wide ranging–from Beatles to Stones, Mark Knopfler to Bonnie Raitt, Leon Redbone meets Little Walter, all the way to Warren Zevon!
Their recordings capture on disc the exuberant spirit and drive so typical of their live performances. Willie T’s passionate lyricism takes the listener tripping through the minefields of impossible relationships (check out “Such A Tricky Word”). He wrestles with the assassination of beloved rock troubadour John Lennon (December 8th), and paints a colorful picture of Cambridge nightlife on the poor side of town (All’s Not Quiet at the Western Front). This serious side is wonderfully counterbalanced by Doctor X’s dry wit and oh, so irreverent humor (try on “Pagan Dreams” for size!). “Christine, You’re the Queen o’ My Dreams”, also sung by Doctor X, has a wholesome downtime bar-band feel, with its bluesy funk rhythm groove. On “The Action”, his pre-“Satisfaction” Rolling Stones delivery drives like a train. Willie T’s “Running ‘Round in Circles” has the most commercial potential of the nine songs in this collection. Nashville take notice–in the right (or perhaps wrong) producer’s hands, this song could well be a hit on the pop/country crossover charts.
Yes, these guys are hard to pigeonhole. Willie T & Doctor X make no attempt to be narrowly defined by the standard genre lingo that the major labels are so fond of squeezing artists into. This is really fun music that knows no bounds!
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Tavern at the End of the World
108 Cambridge St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Tavern at the End of the World108 Cambridge St, Charlestown, MA 02129