Looking at The Jerzey Street Band and listening to its raucous, rootsy, country-folk anthems on debut album Breaking Radio Silence, one would never think that the band hails from Manchester, England instead of New Jersey, USA! But of course, it’s a known fact that the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have always done great business in the UK and it’s obvious that the members of The Jerzey Street Band- Dave Wrobel (Lead Vocals & Guitars); Neil Wrobel (Guitars & Vocals); Roger Crombie (Guitars & Vocals); Russ Blakeley (Bass); Keith Ashworth (Pedal Steel Guitar & Dobro); Andy Lawson (Keys) & Mike Weaver (Drums & Vocals) are huge fans of the aforementioned American rock n’ roll icons.
As far as authenticity is concerned, there is no pressing issue as the band delivers the true-blue country-folk sound with aplomb, resplendent with spine-tingling pedal steel guitars, guttural organs, wailing harmonicas and Wrobel’s lovely tenor sealing the deal. Check out the soulful “Mersey Angel” as testament to the band’s shining ability to deliver the Americana goods to diehard ‘genre’ fans. Tracks like the catchy “Pale Blue River”, the dynamic “The Wolf” and the rollicking “Rebels” will ensure that The Jerzey Street Band will certainly go down well in the birthplace of the music it parlays into sweet rock n’ roll. Or anywhere with a proper appreciation for Americana.