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Ramblin' Ant & the Locust Street Band

by Ramblin' Ant & the Locust Street Band

Hard-hitting Philly blues/funk band, bringing you nothing but groovin', feel-good music.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When the Sun Comes Up
3:05 album only
2. Tryna Get Down
3:47 album only
3. Ramblin'
4:20 album only
4. Betty Lou
3:02 album only
5. Ain't Got Nothin'
3:19 album only
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Album Notes
Currently paying his dues in Boston, Anthony Viscounte hails from the Philadelphia area, having already proven himself with some of Philly’s more interesting and musical endeavors. The five songs on this disc, Viscounte’s debut recording as a leader, span several genres, and are all connected by his keen ear for the blues and wry sense of humor. The color of his voice is distinct, and extends from plaintive to full out snarky at times, but always perfectly suited for the tune at hand. He handles his compositions with skill and aplomb, while holding down the acoustic guitar duties with ease.

Among the Philadelphia musical brethren skillfully assisting our nascent troubadour we have the ever present and ever swingin’ drummer Sean J. Kennedy, himself a bandleader and composer of note with numerous outstanding recordings to his credit both as a sideman and leader; for these tunes, finding a better drummer would be impossible. On bass we find the ubiquitous Mark Amentt, a first call man for many acclaimed local acts, always layin’ it down, and puttin’ it in the pocket. Rounding out this great rhythm section is the local vocal phenom John Conahan, adding his one-of-a-kind stylings on piano and organ, seemingly made for his tasty bluesy-soul sound. The horn section features four of Philly’s finest. Erin Stroup’s saxophone resume is unabashedly drool-worthy, and his playing here, solidifies his status as the go-to player for almost any project. Described as “the best kept local secret” among trumpet players, Chuck Gottesman proves once again, through his warm, round sound and total command of his instrument why he is at the top of many local band leaders’ first-call lists. While the other two brass players can and do play everything from ska to symphonies, Dave Champion on trombone and Brian Cox on Sousaphone are just the bee’s knees when it comes to that 2nd Line sound. Engineering and backing vocals are skillfully executed by the accomplished ears and nimble fingers, of Alfred James Goodrich.

This first effort as a singer-songwriter, albeit not of the navel-gazing sort, finds Anthony Viscounte fully in charge of his distinct voice, proving that he is well on his way as a songwriter, arranger and orchestrator.

Mike Hood, leader of The Hoppin’ John Orchestra

1. When the Sun comes Up starts off like a lost Springsteen classic but in Viscounte’s hands, quickly develops into an Alt-Country meets the ‘50’s groove. His voice has a distinctly wry wit and bridges the gap between a teenage Levon Helm sans accent, to Elvin Bishop. For sure, Stroup ably and aptly gives a nod to the Big Man’s tenor sound, lending even more of an Asbury Park impression, further bolstered by Conahan’s roadhouse piano. The rest of the rhythm section provides a relaxed groove - perfectly suited for the changes.

2. Viscounte really nails a cogent band style on Tryna Get Down with his great vocal treatment, the orchestration of multiple keyboards, and the tune’s crafty structure and lyrics. The addition of backing vocals and tenor sax in the final chorus are a nice touch and really bring it on home. Once again, Kennedy and Amentt provide the perfect foundation for Viscounte’s vision.

3. An easy-does-it blues seems a fitting canvas on which to present Ramblin’.
Viscounte takes a page from the great blues tradition while seamlessly incorporating his own clever spin on this stalwart form, and allows the band to groove as it sees fit. Gottesman takes a fat sounding ride around the blues with witty commentary by Conahan’s piano. Kennedy ramps up the shout chorus without overdoing it and the quintet brings it on home, nice and easy.

4. Betty Lou is a truly ingenious groove built around a stop-time blues, while channeling a little bit of Phish. Viscounte’s timing and style is right on the money, as the rest of the rhythm section lays it down righteously. When the tune breaks into swing, Conahan lets Sally (Betty Lou?) ride, before the trickster groove comes back. Turn this one up!

5. Can you hear it? The band coming down St Charles? Ain’t Got Nothin’ takes us down to NOLA with authentic hot collective improvisation from Gottesman, Champion and Stroup, crafty breaks, right on the money 2nd Line drums from Kennedy, whoopin’ Sousaphone from Cox and what sounds for all the world like Mardis Gras Indians testifying at the end, courtesy of Goodrich and the Humtones. Viscounte makes a worthy case with this classic melody and updated lyrics while Champion and Gottesman rip it up like they really mean it. No one can sit still while this cut is playing…get on up!



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Bill Brown

Fun Summer Listening
Great variety, and some really cool grooves. Listening in the car with roof open, I felt like I was sitting on a deck by a river having a great time soaking in the sounds.

Really good stuff!!