John David Kent and the Dumb Angels packed the bar Saturday night, filling up the dance floor with two-steppers and ass-shakers. They stuck to one simple formula: Play feel good music and don’t stop.
Kent and his band have a distinct sound that is a blend of down home country and southern rock. They play everything from upbeat boot-stompers to haunting waltzes. Kent’s originals sound like they absolutely have a home on the radio, as he is already making waves in the country scene. His band is a great backing choice; they complement him perfectly, and with fantastic harmonies coming from his lead guitarist, it shows Kent isn’t the only one in the band with singing chops.
Kent mixed in cover songs effortlessly and played everything from Tom Petty to Creedence Clearwater Revival. We at the Blue Light have heard many versions of Gin and Juice, (usually a tongue-twisting version by our own Charlie Shafter) but it’s not often we hear a fiddle playing along to a countrified Snoop Dogg hit. And just how many times do you get to hear The Black Eyed Peas thrown into the end of Mary Jane’s Last Dance?
Stopping just short of closing time, Kent kept the crowd going all night with a whirlwind of great musicianship and stage presence. Be sure to check out his self-titled EP, available on iTunes: Support all of your Blue Light bands!