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The Dirty Streets

Formed by Thomas Storz (bass, percussion), Justin Toland (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Andrew Denham (drums, percussion), and originally from Mississippi, the power trio Dirty Streets now calls Memphis home. That's where they recorded their new album "Blades Of Grass," at the legendary Ardent studio, under the guidance of sound engineer Adam Hill. The core trio also enlisted the talents of Lucero's Rick Steff on keys for this effort.

"Blades Of Grass" is heavy music bathed in blues, folk and psychedelia, with chops to spare and a working class point of view. The band already has two independent releases under their belt, including an album with renown Memphis producer Doug Easley, and has toured extensively in the Southeast, with a couple of East Coast runs, and an eight week U.S. tour with Radio Moscow.

Blades of Grass, is a true rarity: a rock ‘n’ roll classic at birth. – Brian Robbins / Jambands

Vintage. Antique. Classic. And flat-out smokin’ .– Winnipeg Sun

You don’t hear too many great blue eyed soul bands these days, but The Dirty Streets hold their own with the likes of The Small Faces. This comparison is apt in the soulful crooning of both "No Need To Rest" and its immediate follow-up, the country / quasi-mystic "Movements #2" and especially on mod / soul / psych head nodder "Truth" (…) It’s no easy feat to take something old and make it feel exciting, fresh and new all over again. This is a stunning album. Recommended for all. – Paranoid Hitsophrenic Rating: 4.5/5

21st’s Century working-nam’s throwback tunes.– Performer Magazine

Blades Of Grass demonstrates reverence for nostalgic styles, married with palpable excitement at creating something new and sexy. – The Blues Magazine

They notice what’s going on outside the window of the train they’re on—“Living in a world of underpaid teachers/Congressmen are getting’ rich/Sitting in the bleachers” while we’re just “waitin’ on a leader.” It all peaks on “Try Harder,” when singer/guitarist Justin Roland snarls over a high-stepping riff about a society which pushes you into poverty and then tells you to “try harder.” Blades of Grass is raw realism, yet it also throws off sparks of psychedelia without a hint of self-consciousness, one of many signs of a young band growing up before our eyes. – Rock & Rap Confidential

On Blades of Grass, The Dirty Streets pay great homage to the blues-inspired classic rock sound that came before. With of course a fresh take and impressive talent, these Memphis rockers leave it all on the album. Toland’s vocals recall that of an early Paul Rogers, accompanied by Thomas Storz’s intricate bass lines and Denham’s complex beats. The Dirty Streets put out one hell of an album from start to finish. – Blues Rock Review

A breath of fresh air to hear someone from Generation Y basing their sound on something before 1987. – Dirty Impound

Raw, bluesy guitar rock with a funky roots/garage edge and some ripping six-string licks. The music carries an authentic 60s/70s rock vibe that’s built around heavy power trio blues riffing with a psychedelic edge and a touch of Southern rock. – Music Is Amazing

This album is down and dirty and, at times, psychedelic. But don’t assume that means Blades of Grass is all over the place. The Dirty Streets’ groove is practically precision-guided. – Adobe and Teardrops

A group with an impeccable instrumental chemistry, immediately familiar hooks brought out through exceptional songwriting and a vocalist whose approach is well on its way to becoming a defining element. – The Obelisk

Right out of the Fillmore East playbook circa 1974. – I94 Bar

Third-Time Charm : The Dirty Streets branch out on album number three. – Interview with the Memphis Flyer

Sounds like it comes from another time. – Examiner LA

Dirty Streets are making a name from necromancy, digging up the well-loved sounds of late 60s, early 70s blues rock and performing it perfectly in 2013. – Supajam

If The Black Crowes were a 60s power trio with Paul Rogers singing — so basically, if the Black Crowes were good — this is the kind of Classic Rock take on Southern Soul meets the British appreciation thereof they would hope to make. – Roctober

Drenching boulder-heavy riffs in southern soul grease isn’t a particularly revolutionary idea, but combining these elements in short punchy tracks at a time when few bands are making straight-ahead rock records make Dirty Streets something of a revelation. – Midnight To Six

Although they reached back sonically, Blades of Grass sees the Dirty Streets moving forward musically, evolving with an album that places an emphasis on the songs and arrangements. – Go Memphis

Built in the image of the classic power rock trios, with just a pinch of deep Southern gothic thrown in, Dirty Streets are all the more refreshing for not trying to be the next big thing. They rock, and they know it doesn’t really matter what era you’re in — if you can rock, you’ll work. –AMG

Blades of Grass kicks off with ‘Stay Thirsty’, a track steeped in 60’s blues-rock (Humble Pie, The Rolling Stones) and contemporary heirs The Black Crowes and Alabama Shakes, while subsequent tracks find the band drawing inspiration from folk, heavy psych and soul music (all three core members are originally from Mississippi, which had an often overlooked 60’s soul scene). – Subculture