by Robert Bell
LUELLA AND THE SUN, ISAAC ALEXANDER
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
From the looks and sounds of it, there's not going to be any kinda shortage on bluesy, stomping, reverb-drenched, gospel-informed rock 'n' roll any time real soon. There's a good many bands that are mining that intersection of the sacred and, well, if not the profane, at least the moderately edgy.
Nashville quartet Luella and The Sun have that sound down as good or better'n anybody. Plus, the band's fronted by Melissa Mathes (nom de rock: Luella). I mean dudes, she can wail. No, seriously: she can wail! And the band can lay down the grimy-nasty blues like it's nothing. Several of them played on Isaac Alexander's recent album "Antivenin Suite," which you will likely recall is a very excellent record. Thursday will be the release show for the vinyl pressing of the album, so be sure to pick one up.
Will Luella and The Sun catch that lightning in a bottle and blow up like that one band, The Mississippi Shimmies or whatever they're called? Hard to say. But why take that chance when you could go see them now, in a small venue at what's sure to be a killer show? If you're up in northwesterly Arkansas, you can check out the band at Smoke and Barrel on April 12.