March 12, 2011
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Angie Ross
Photos by Michael Insuaste
Taddy Porter may be fairly new to the Dallas music scene, but after their performance March 12 at the Granada Theater, they left an impression that won't soon be forgotten.
This band has been traveling at warp speed since their self-titled debut was released last year. They've done a host of music festivals, been asked to tour with Slash, Alter Bridge, and tonight for buddies Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights. The group consists of brothers Kevin and Doug Jones on bass and drums respectively; lead guitarist Joe Selby; and the multi-talented vocalist Andy Brewer. It was appropriate that the opening song for the evening was "Whatever Haunts You." As this energized quartet ripped through the song, their classic Southern rock sound was not only fresh, but captivating. By the time Selby hit the opening chords to "Shake Me," the audience was hooked.
You get the feeling that Taddy Porter is out to prove something every time they step onto the stage. This Stillwater, Oklahoma outfit can rock with the best of them. This band's new school bluesy approach to classic Southern rock make their music not only refreshing to hear, but make memorable to watch as well. Their hit single "Shake Me" has been featured in television shows and even Monday Night Football. "Mean Bitch" has been heard on the HBO series, Entourage.
This band's passionate live set and gritty playing connected with the audience. "In The Morning" brought a change of pace to the otherwise rockin' set. Selby deftly wove his guitar work around Andy Brewer's voice while the brothers Jones kept a brilliant rhythmic pace. When the group tossed in a stinging rendition of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," the night belonged to Taddy Porter.
The majority of the audience may have been at the Granada to see Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights, but it's doubtful many walked away thinking Taddy Porter was just another opening act.