Headed by singer/guitarist Freddy J IV with Brenn "Sausage Paw" Beck, Left Lane Cruiser is a bona fide blues rock band from the American mid-west. Left Lane Cruiser has been genuinely living the blues for over a decade, bringing its freestyle jams to crowds all over the world.
“Shake and Bake”, the band’s latest album, was cooked up in a van rolling heavy on the highway, headed by two baked and juiced musicians, veering across the lines, desperately steering towards rest and redemption at the nearest parking lot. It is a record about the juice that keeps the crowd dancing, the smoke that keeps the minds lifted. This is as real it gets.
Recorded “old school” analog by Jason Davis in his Fort Wayne’s studio, and with an album cover by legendary artist William Stout (Ramones, Fred McDowell, Iggy Pop), “Shake and Bake” has a heavy sound and a big heart. For Left Lane Cruiser the blues is enduring and easy to feel.
Personal on "Shake and Bake" : Freddy J IV, guitar, vocals, bass - Pete Dio, drums, percussion.
- April 13 @ Motr Pub — Cincinnati, OH
- April 14 @ Reggies — Chicago, IL
- April 20 @ Hook & Ladder — Minneapolis, MN
- April 21 @ Nakatobar — North Mankato, MN
- April 22 @ The Lift — Dubuque, IA
- April 28 @ Tip Top Deluxe — Grand Rapids, MI
- April 29 @ Hammansburg Blues & Arts Center — Cygnet, OH
- May 6 @ Appleton Beer Factory — Appleton, WI
- May 19 @ Sugarlands Distillery — Gatlinburg, TN
- May 27 @ Goatfest @ Shack Up Inn — Clarksdale, MS
- June 24 @ Buzzbomb Brewing — Springfield, IL
- July 29 @ The Porch — Medford, MA
If their classic cocktail of spiky slide-fuelled mayhem and gutbucket garage grit ain’t enough, this has a six-pack of leftovers, capped by a wicked cover of The Pusher. Gawdamm. – LONDON FREE PRESS
As a taster for the band ‘Beck In Black’ is a great place to start and the older songs have certainly motivated me to check out their earlier albums. However it’s a strong album in its own right with plenty of classic Left Lane Cruiser to enjoy, with a few songs offering a more mellow side to the band. – MAXIMUM VOLUME
Beck in Black is a great starting point for Left Lane Cruiser virgins. If you are a fan of hard rocking, down and dirty, post punk blues rock you will want get to know Left Lane Cruiser and Beck in Black is a the perfect introduction. The Review: 8.5/10 – BLUES ROCK REVIEW
In this case, “outtakes” doesn’t equate to “fillers.” There’s some dope punk blues in here, recommended whether you’re new to Left Lane Cruiser or already a big fan. Beck In Black is a new place from where to get your Sausage Paw fix. – SOMETHING ELSE
Beck In Black, a loving collection of LLC material from the onset line-up of Freddy J IV on the vocals and guitar crunch and Brenn Beck on the boom bap drum kit and blowing some harp – a fleeting piece of envelope pushing Blues to add to your collection alone, if not for only 800 copies on limited edition metallic gold vinyl courtesy of Alive Naturalsound Records, of course. God Bless Record Store Day! – Scott Zuppardo / NO DEPRESSION
Not a “new” album as such but a compilation of favourite tracks, as nominated by former drummer Brenn "Sausage Paw" Beck, “Beck in Black” hangs together really well. Six of the 14 tracks are previously unreleased and a few others are re-mastered so there’s plenty of value here for glued-on fans. – I94 BAR
(The PUSHER) Originally released for Record Store Day (where it received the gold vinyl “treatment”), Left Lane Cruiser’s chugging, soulful cover of the Steppenwolf classic is coming to an album format near you next month, appearing on the band’s upcoming Beck In Black long-player. God damn the pusher man, indeed. – CLASSIC ROCK
Beck in Black demonstrates Beck’s skills behind the kit, from the frantic trash-can percussion of “Zombie Blocked” and jittery drive of “Crackalacka” to the bluesy groove of “The Pusher” and the near-funky skip of “Chevrolet.” – ALL MUSIC
DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES :
DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES does exactly what you think it’s going to – and it’s wonderful.
It’s fuzzy, it’s bluesy, it’s stoner rock, it’s got a groove to kill for, but it’s better than that. What makes this a very special record is that if Lemmy from Motörhead played Blues he’d do it like this. It’s gloriously nasty.
This is fabulously tasty filth. – MAXIMUM VOLUME (Rating 9.5/10)
DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES packs one hell of a punch, a breathless 40 minutes of brawler blues that shows Left Lane Cruiser can deliver quality as quantity. – THE BLUES MAGAZINE
There's no doubt about it. DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES by Left Lane Cruiser is all about Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. And that's pretty much it. But it's awesome in its intensity, drive, and swagger. It's so rare to hear music these days that's actually transgressive, in-your-face, and unapologetic. You know, just like the blues used to be. – AMERICANA SHOW
A rousing clatter that conjures up images of Billy Gibbons fronting the Stooges. – CLASSIC ROCK / High Hopes
Fort Wayne is a haul from North Mississippi. But these Indiana troublemakers put the hammer down and hightail it for the juke joint again on their seventh album. And as usual, they're sportin' a ass pocket of infectious odes to sex, weed, booze and, um, skateboarding -- all served with fuzzed-out guitars, ramshackle drums and a heap of lo-fi Blues Explosion bombast. Light 'em up. – TORONTO SUN
Armed with big, buzzing guitars, relentless drums and threats to "smoke napalm with the bamboo skins," it's a fun, wild ride, and according to singer and guitarist Freddie J IV, it was just as pleasant to write.
"The core group of songs on this record were written at soundchecks during a nine-month period of touring the U.S. and Europe," he wrote. "After a long drive, we would get to the club. Burn one down. Fuckin' jam at soundcheck. Then we had a new tune. It went on like that for a while. This album was written entirely under the guidance and influence of marijuana. No dirty spliffs (joints with a mix of tobacco and pot) were used in the making of this record." – ALL MUSIC
(DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES) Gratifyingly raw, yet soulfully-minded ‘choon. – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
(DIRTY SPLIFF BLUES) You can practically feel the cannabis resin dripping off the wall while listening to this album, which is even bigger, louder, and dirtier that much of Left Lane Cruiser's previous work. – ALL MUSIC
This album (Rock Them Back To Hell!) rocks full on, this album rocks in a swampy down tempo, this album will rock you sweetly, this album will rock you gently. Left Lane Cruiser takes the collected knowledge that human kind has accumulated on blues, garage rock, punky garage and bluesy garage and compresses it into a dark matter that they then double barrel shotgun blast into your head. Stand out tracks are all of them. Please join the church of Left Lane Cruiser. – GREEN BAY SCENE
An authentic and inspiring updating of the blues-rock idiom for the 21st century. – BLOGCRITICS
The blues is in perfectly unsafe hands. – SLEAZEGRINDER
(RTBH) Arguably their best album to date. – NO DEPRESSION
The Indiana duo - Evans handling guitar and vocals, Beck banging those drums - came out of the blocks with total raucous abandon on their third album, reminding us that when the songs are right and the energy levels high, there is nothing like electric blues. - Joel McIver / The BLUES MAGAZINE
(PAINKILLERS review) Muddy but not sloppy, fierce but somewhat respectful of its sources, its subtleties are loud and lived-in as they exceed the speed limit on the expressway to your heart. Blues as attitude more than ritual, this one off provides the relief its title promises. – ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL
Rock Them Back To Hell has basically startled me with how good it is. Highlights of the album are…everything…especially Juice To Get Loose (check out some of that Indiana beer that is mentioned), Paralyze Ya, and Electrify. It’s a class act and is most definitely going to rank high on the year end list that is quickly filling as we head into the final quarter of the year. File under: Not To Be Missed. – The RIPPLE EFFECT
This rocks MC5-style, which means all the noise drummer Bren Beck and Freddy 'Joe' Evans IV can make while holding down a stomping blues-rock tune. - CLASSIC ROCK
Their new album Rock Them Back To Hell delivers dangerous raucous rock with a mix of steel belt machinery and southern hard liquor. This power duo demolishes the rules and grabs you by the throat and shakes you until you submit. Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana Left Lane Cruiser brings the heavy sound of middle America and stripped-down jams that are as tough and sharp as a midwest pool hustler’s gaze. – RUSTZINE
The 10 Best Country & Roots Songs From BREAKING BAD : Left Lane Cruiser “Waynedale” – Season 3, Episode 8.
(PAINKILLERS review) It is a pretty great trip. Part of the reason why Painkillers works so well is that the players clearly have a reverence for the material they’re taking on, but not so much that they’re out to merely give rote readings of the songs. – POPMATTERS
Known as Left Lane Cruiser, the duo of Freddy J IV and Brenn Beck defines its music as “voodoo hillbilly punk-blues”. Whatever that might be exactly, it’s actually a pretty apt description of the combination of thrashy, scuzzed-out guitar and trashy, bashed-up rhythms on Left Lane Cruiser’s latest outing, Rock Them Back to Hell. The new album is as resourceful as it is energetic, especially making an impression with found-sound percussion supplied by paint cans and trash cans. Wrap it all up in cover art by William Stout, known for his work for Return of the Living Dead and Pan’s Labyrinth, and the over-the-top tone and feel of Rock Them Back to Hell is more than complete. – POPMATTERS
Approaches things with a frenzied roar that makes paint curl and shake its ass. From the first track, "Zombie Blocked," clear through to the last, "Righteous," Evans sings like he’s gargling cigarette butts and ashes on the midnight train to nowhere, while Beck pounds out rhythms that could make cement crack. This is what Left Lane Cruiser do, stomping across the sonic landscape like they want to shear off every blade of grass. – All MUSIC
There’s good slow blues here, too – "Coley" is one where they dial it back a bit, and it’s got some pretty acoustic work. But the guitar playing on tracks like "Jukebox" and "Paralyze Ya" is incendiary, and there’s no way you won’t test the max volume of your speakers while listening to this album. It’s not a headphone album, it’s a "loud in the car" or "disturb the neighbors" kind of album. – WYMA
Freddy J IV’s squalling vocals and Brenn Beck’s "trash" drum kit (it really is made of trash) create an unearthly sound that’s simultaneously sublime in it’s perfection and unholy in its blistering sensuality. – ADOBE & TEARDROPS
While I was listening to Left Lane Cruiser my daughter came in and told me to "turn it down, Dad". I love it when that happens. - Hugh Fielder / The BLUES MAGAZINE
(PAINKILLERS review) A combination of reverence toward the progenitors of the blues and a spirit of pure enjoyment that is rare to find. This is a fun record for anybody with a taste for the blues. – WYMA
"Giving Tree" is the lowest of low down groove, a dirty diamond of rough, aching, swirling James Leg keys back-dropped by muted and fuzzed slide shimmer guitar. A voice, still growled in pure soul underneath, wounded and in love, lost and rambled, fighting through the sonic din. It’s a stunner of a song, and nothing like we’ve heard before by these cats. A revelation. – BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN
Junkyard Speed Ball is an unholy union of country, blues, punk, and rock at the mercy of a duo that share a musical connection that culminates into one Hell of a record. – The SODA SHOP
This duo is helping lead the way for the blues rock counter-cultural movement. – BOSTON BLUES SOCIETY
Left Lane Cruiser’s musical growth and expansion, conjoined with a Hi-er-Fi’d production, and a hard thoughtful attack bring all elements together to cause the stars to align and explode all over Junkyard Speed Ball. – DEEP BLUES
A pitch perfect definition of what I love about the Deep Blues scene and it’s tattooed kids putting their own punk skin on the Mississippi Delta. – NINE BULLETS
From the greasy slide-guitar-and-drum-pummeling intro to opener “Crackalacka”, you either jump in and let Left Lane Cruiser take you on a hell-raising hayride or plain get out of the way because Freddy J. Evans IV (guitar/vocals) and Brenn “Sausage Paw” Beck (drummer/“trash”/vocals), a powerhouse duo out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, are roots-music revolutionaries who take no prisoners on their second outing for Alive Records. Following 2008’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table, All You Can Eat assimilates the Mississippi Delta blues laid down by guys like Big Joe Williams and Son House and cultivates it into a country punk ‘n’ blues speedball. “Hillgrass Bluebilly” is a frenetic juke-joint stomper that finds Freddy J IV hollerin’ out a reference to the Who’s “Squeeze Box”. “Ol’ Fashioned” is a country-picking blues flashback with washboard, while the primal trio of “Black Lung”, “Broke Ass Blues”, and “Putain!” finds the boys strutting through stoner-blues country with bravado. It doesn’t get a lot better than this. – Alan Brown / POPMATTERS
They take elements of some of the most basic but timeless forms of American music and make it their own. I’m not big on the New Age Country and Hellbilly movement but I have my ears open. – STEREOKILLER
Left Lane Cruiser is the real deal. They are blues at its best, filth at its finest, with just two men who are evoking enough inner demons to populate an entire circle of hell. – DISC EXCHANGE