Atlanta’s Burnt Bacon consider themselves Atlanta Blues with a twist…and maybe a Two-Step, a Lindy and a Shuffle to boot. Made up of some well-known personalities from the Atlanta music scene, the core players are seasoned musicians with over 30 cumulative years experience playing in the Atlanta area. Though all four of these guys have other commitments with other projects, bands, or musicians, for all of them, Burnt Bacon is an ongoing labor of love. This is a band that has set out to prove to it’s audience that some journeys are better taken without a map, and ultimately when the band has fun, everyone has fun.
Frontman Jon Liebman knows what it takes to fire up a crowd. His voice can be warm and inviting or it might curl up into an aggressive sneer–you never know. He might be plaintively lamenting a lost love, he might be striking back at a cold, cruel world. But one thing is sure: when Jon sings a song, he is ready, willing and able to make it 100% his own. And when Liebman hits that harmonica, you might wonder if he had to sell his soul to come up with tones like that. It’s a legitimate question, and so far, Jon ain’t saying a word. Learn to enjoy the mystery.
Drummer/percussionist Chris Uhler strips away the ornament and provides the rock-steady meter that makes each song move. Whether he is slipping into a soft shuffle or ripping it out in cut-time, Chris offers only what each song needs, nothing more. It is his charm and helps to create the space that makes the sound of Burnt Bacon so unique.
Don’t be surprised if you see Chris strap on a washboard and pick up his spoons to click out a rhythm that starts the toes tapping…there is nothing he enjoys more. Except maybe free beer or a good smoke.
Guitarist/Vocalist Oliver Wood has a style all his own that hearkens many diverse influences. You can hear the chicken-scratch touch of Nashville pushed around by the lonely wail of the Mississippi Delta. Pick it up with a simple New Orleans funk-groove and blend in healthy doses of Charlie Christian-styled Jazz, and you’re getting closer.
Oliver’s vocal tone is simple and pure, encouraging you to focus more on his phrasing. His phrasing is also simple and pure, allowing you to focus on his grimaces.
Bassist Dave Roth might be seen playing his trusty five string electric or just as often, he thumps away on his “doghouse” upright bass. Either way, you get bass lines that swing and rich bottom tones ready to fill up the room.
Dave’s singing has both power and depth, with just a touch of whiskey thrown in. Though there are many words you might use to accurately describe Dave, quiet is usually not going to be the first one that leaps to mind. Thankfully.
They take pride in ensuring that each time you see them, you’ll never know what is coming next. The music of Burnt Bacon spans many genres, from swampy ragtime to the Delta blues with a splash of Hank Williams, the result is a blend of music that swells and ebbs, swings and sways. In a word, “fun.”
Burnt Bacon offers an intentionally loose and wonderfully eclectic approach to music, gleefully reaching into a grab-bag full of rich influences best described as “Americana.”
What should you expect from Burnt Bacon? Expect a mix of smoky blues, classic RnB, soul, creole, folk, and even some jazz, gospel and country thrown in. Grab some originals and some classics, and then stir it all together to see what ignites. Expect some surprises. Expect to be tempted to dance a little bit. Expect to see friends, and to hear some of the finest musicians in the Atlanta area doing what they love best.
Keep an eye out, as their shows are few and far between. After-all, everything is better with Bacon, right?