“Any Way, Shape Or Form” is the title of the new album – the second – of the Ben Miller Band from Missouri, that is enjoying great success with audiences and critics. The genre of the trio – consisting of Ben Miller, Scott Leeper and Doug Dicharry – coincides with a quite experienced form, especially in the United States, in which a strong traditional folk, blues, country nerve overlaps a more contemporary sound. These are primarily related to a post-punk approach, minimal and rough, denoting a “street”, impromptu, very direct style, conventionally recognized as Alternative folk-country. The album was produced by Vance Powell, which includes collaborations with Jack White and Kings Of Leon, and was recorded in Neshville, during the tour where the band joined ZZ Top (with whom performed recently in Italy). Moreover, the reference to the American musical tradition (the songwriting linked to the record, but also to protest, political contestation and itinerant dimension of the story) determinate all thirteen songs that make up the album. Thirteen tracks snarled and played with instruments “prince” of American folk scene: guitar, harmonica, but mostly washtub bass (instrument belongs to the family of “harps on the ground”, consists of a box that serves as a sounding board, a broom handle and a rope, which is pinched and beaten, the disclosure of which was attested not only in Africa, the US and Australia, in England between the skiffle groups that at the end of the fifties have anticipated the advent of British pop), washboard, banjo and harmonica.
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