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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Written by Raad Shubaily
Who: Lionel the Jailbird
What: AMAZING Rock performance
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One of the busiest bands in town, Lionel the Jailbird, is quickly gaining momentum.  Now with a weekly slot at Ruby Tuesday, there’s always a chance to catch this four-piece rock outfit in town.  Between weekend performances and their slot at Ruby Tuesday, there’s no reason to miss them.

Though primarily a rock band, there’s a certain level of complexity found in their music.  There are hot guitar licks dispersed all through the set, inspired often by the blues.  They aren’t without peaks and valleys though. They can do the slow ballads just as well as loud-fast rock tunes, even incorporating an acoustic guitar at times. 

Jonathan Giacalone - bass
Paul Talbot- Guitar
With a bit of jam-band feel, including extended solos, their main influences are obvious.   Their take on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” is a wonderful example, as well as Led Zeppelin’s  “Dazed and Confused.” These songs seem to coincide perfectly with Lionel the Jailbird originals, as the roaring bass lines are reminiscent of something found on a Led Zeppelin album.

Drummer- Mitchell Rowland
 The drumming is also Zeppelin-esque, in fact, Lionel the Jailbird might possibly have the only drummer I’ve ever seen casually chewing bubblegum amidst blazing drum fills. 
Singer Dominique De Biasio

 A nice addition to an otherwise common instrumentation is the violin.  Singer Dominique, who sounds like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane and Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach combined, also wails on the the violin - which seems to absolutely weep whenever she picks it up.  It’s a nice compliment to the sweet sounding, slower parts of the set in between the fiery riff-rock.

Lionel the Jailbird is a group of four friends doing what they love to do, and doing it well.  This Saturday is their one-year anniversary show at Ace of Cups and they’ve done nothing but grow in that time.

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