With The Grain: Maynard and the Musties & Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada, Rhizing Bines
Though unique and different we are bound together by the asphalt ribbons and iron rails that crisscross the heartland. An East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines, clocks in at 8% ABV and 70 IBUs, it pours a clear golden color with an off-white head that clings to the glass before it cascades down leaving a roadmap on the glass. Full of subtle earthy aromas of wheat, rye, ripened fruit and wildflowers, it coats the mouth with a light fabric of caramel and honey and perfect carbonation.
Joe Maynard resides in Brooklyn where when not dealing in rare books he makes music with the east coast version of his band the Musties, he also has a west coast version located in Orcas Island, Washington.
The follow up to the Brooklyn Musties 2012 ‘Cheap Cigar’ album is the debut EP of ‘West’ recorded at Bruce Harvie’s Olgabowl Studio, Orcas Island, WA with Joe Maynard – vocals, guitar, Bruce Harvie – lead guitar, lap steel, mandolin, Melody Funk – bass, background vocals, and Andrew Moore – Drums, tambourine. Originally from Nashville, Maynard got his start playing snide, funny-as-hell country songs inspired by the classics he grew up with, but in recent years he’s explored an Americana-flavored rock.
The four song EP kicks off with the western swinging Big News, I’m Cryin’ with some killer slide guitar by Bruce Harvie and Joe and Melody provide a delightful countrified duet. Tin of Tea and The Killer Inside Me delve a bit into the darker side, the murder ballad Tin of Tea about a woman who may or may not have killed her man with some Lou Reedish vocals, The Killer Inside Me has an haunting echoing vocal with a killer wailing slide guitar solo from Harvie. The last track an acoustic, Love, My Love features Harvie on mandolin and Joe crooning a beautiful love song. Available on Bandcamp as a name-your-price download.
Brooklyn’s Maynard and the Musties – Couch By Couchwest submission – Pine Box