Rhythm. Chains poured into a battered metal trash bin, sticks clacked together, feet stomping and scraping, shhhhh sounds forced through the teeth, and a little blonde singer that Aretha Franklin would be proud of. What a sound!
There are no genre boundaries in music for me. If a sound stands out, I listen. If it makes an impact, I feel it. I make “new” discoveries on the web, on TV, or from songs featured in movies. My latest discovery is a number by Delta Rae featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” for a routine a few weeks ago.
Later I looked up the group and their unique single, “Bottom of the River”. Besides the official video, I found them featured on the late night show, Conan. Boy, was he impressed! Their video is apparently about some bayou dwellers taking a witch down to the river to drown her. They bind her wrists with chains, but notice her hands as the video progresses.
Following are three different videos featuring the group:
There is Billboard’s live studio version of the single, with highly polished professional video and sound quality. I really liked the more spontaneous version on Conan, and his equally spontaneous reaction, but it’s been pulled from You Tube. The Billboard version is followed by the official video, then the dance routine featuring Aaron Turner and Jasmine Harper. Each one is a little different. So enjoy them all. I did.