Baltimore bred, The Bridge brings a fusion of funky rooted American music with its first nationally released self-titled album. Not that the band needed any help making a fabulous album, but it did have a few friends jump on board. On the opening track “Get Back Up” the band is joined by organ wizard John Ginty (of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and, more recently, Citizen Cope) for a rolicking number with soulful vocals and a bouncing bass line.
Mookie Segal’s piano and a gang of horns join in on “Angelina” and romp up a damn fine Dixieland sound, at times sounding very much like a young fiery Little Feat. “14 Days” finds the band sounding closer to the roots of country, but still swinging hard. Much like if Bourbon Street turned right into Music Row, combining New Orleans funk with Nashville grit.
Russell Batistse’s visit on “Shake ‘em Down” definitely adds some heat to the mixture. The special guest drummer from The Funky Meters, P.B.S, Vida Blue and countless others brings a syncopated ass-whipping to the track. “Country Mile” introduces sultry smooth country blues flavor and finds Cris Jacobs adding dobro to the laundry list of instruments he plays throughout the album.
There is a little something for everyone on The Bridge. From the bluegrass influenced sound of “Chains,” Crescent City flavor of “Angelina,” or the stripped down beat-box accompaniment of “The Ballad of Clear Rock.” The Bridge offers up a great representation of musical prowess. I can only imagine where this band’s talents and influence will lead. Look out for future success from these grooving Baltimore boys.
The Bridge is out now on Hyena Records.