Polly O’Keary review…August 8, 2019….

POLLY O’KEARY

AND THE RHYTHM METHOD

AS LIVE AS IT GETS

RED LIGHT–A MAN WHO CAN STAND–I WISH YOU COULD SEE ME NOW–IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE–HARD ACT TO FOLLOW–BLACK CROW CALLIN–IT’S MY SOUL–STOP TRAIN–GATHER ‘ROUND ME ANGELS–I DON’T UNDERSTAND–OLD LOVE–SUGAR DADDY–WHO NEEDS THE BLUES

Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method have been on our radar ever since their 2017 set, “Black Crow Callin,” was a finalist in the IBC category of Best Self-Produced CD.  That success has propelled them to fulfill a long-time dream of releasing a live set, and, as such, have just put out “As Live As It Gets.”  There are thirteen cuts, a clever mix of their own works with some cool covers, done at three venues–The Village Taphouse And Grill, Peabo’s Sports Bar, and the Kamiah Hotel Bar And Grill.

Polly is an excellent bassist, and, as a vocalist, she is unparalleled, having won the Washington Blues Society’s Best Female Vocalist a whopping six times.  Her husband is the drummer, Tommy Cook, and guitarist David “The Revelation” Miller, rounds out the trio.

Polly calls out to any potential lovers that she’s “lookin’ for A Man Who Can Stand on his own,” and also “stand by me!”  She takes us all down to Blues Church with a stirring, sanctifyin’ take of Eric Bibb’s, “no matter what you’ve done, you’ll always find shelter in My Father’s House.”  David’s guitar work here utilizes some unique sound effects for good measure, also.  He continues in that fired-up vein for a blistering, ten-minute take on the Clapton/Cray classic, “Old Love,” with some sweet, extended jamming.  Plus, he is also on the lead vocal!

Polly closes the set with two of our favorites.  She’s the girl who’s not into material things–“if you wanna be my Sugar Daddy, be sweet to me!”  David’s guitar lines give this one a solid, jump-blues flavor.  In closing, the funk hits the fan as Polly gives new meaning to “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” because “with friends like you, Who Needs The Blues?”

A monstrous, energetic vocalist backed by an equally-impressive backing core is one thing, but add in a crowd that’s into every song, and it shows why Polly O’Keary And The Rhythm Method’s “As Live As It Gets,” is such a sweet listen!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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