Joff Wilson pointed out to me a few months ago that despite his legendary status in Rochester and New York City, with bands like The Bowery Boys and The Fugitives for the better part of 30 years, he’s never put out a record. Not one. Other than some demos laying around the place, his vinyl output has been zilch. That is, until this week, when the veteran rocker releases “Joff Wilson’s Soul Cake” to Rochester souls.
This four-song EP has a ’60s-esque beat poet’s longing layered in the batter. There is a light electric twist within its simplicity, even when taking into account the fluttering flute that flits and flies about, dusting everything it encounters. And ever the hard-luck troubadour, Wilson’s voice serves the narrative with a folky energy and urgency throughout. It sounds like the skyline in the rain.
Joff Wilson’s Soul Cake record release party with guests Nate Coffey & Mary Monroe, NYC poet Puma Perl, and blues hero Joe Beard, is slated for Thursday, Sept. 9, 7-10 p.m., at Photo City Music Hall, 543 Atlantic Avenue.
I know, I know, I’ve been spending a lot of time soaking in the rock pouring out of the Photo City Music Hall’s pores. But it’s their faithful adherence to rock ’n’ roll—original—that keeps me coming back for a weekly soaking in original musical fragrancy. This past Thursday’s baptism was no different as Saint Free dominated the stage with music so crisp, if dropped, it would shatter.
You couldn’t look away. The band’s pop-laden onslaught was irresistibly crammed with multiple styles that didn’t crowd each other. They piled on the referential boogie, and how. Saint Free: I suggest you catch them quick … before it’s too late.
Frank De Blase is Rochester Beacon music writer.
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