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The Ten Foot Polecats – Live at Geezer’s Garage Night – review by AJ Wachtel

by GFats on September 11, 2011

The 10 Foot Polecats
Geezer’s Garage Night
The Granite Rail
Quincy, Ma

This three-piece has a big sound for only thirty fingers and their style is North Mississippi Hill Country with Punk overtones. Guitarist Jim Chilson, vocalist/harpist Jim Scheffler and drummer Chad Rousseau have a very unique sound and this is an understatement. Chilson plays a 5-string guitar in open tuning (the guitar is built by MJ Sullivan Guitars in South Boston) and the melodies are groove-music that relies heavily on repetitive riffs with a droning ┬ábass he plays himself with his thumb. He picks the melody with his other fingers and creates a very primitive and raw sound. The other two add a more aggressive, no-holds-barred approach and the combination makes them very original. The set includes mostly original tunes from their latest cd “I Get Blamed For Everything I Do” like “Tears On My Windshield” and “So Good To Me” and even a superb version of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” done nothing like the original.If you dig R.L Burnside, Son House and John Lee Hooker this is the band for you. A very enjoyable and foot-tapping night. I can’t wait to see them again.

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  1. Jeanne Doherty permalink

    I saw Ten Foot Polecats for the first time August 26, at Geezers Garage. They were great. Jim Chilson and the sound out of that guitar he plays is really something. Really looking forward to seeing them again.

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