Saturday, September 05, 2020

Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems - "She Likes To Party"

It's been well-established that I've never been big on party songs. So when I hear a party song that I really like, that's kind of a big deal. "She Likes To Party", the latest single by Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems, is a party tune that I actually kind of love! Now of course I'm biased because I'm already a big fan of the artist. But what I appreciate about this song in particular is that it's really different. Rodgers co-wrote "She Likes To Party" with his band mates Ryan Halliburton and Tom Hall, and these guys really took some chances. When I think of Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems, my mind usually jumps to 1970s classic rock. On this song, the band fast forwards all the way to the mid-'80s with funky bass, effects-laden guitar, a heavy dose of saxophone and trombone, and a full-blown chorus of back-up singers. Throw in some spoken narration, a Charles Barkley sample, and a bad-ass flute solo, and you've got yourself one unique rock and roll song! And of course Rodgers plays the hell out of the piano! The YouTube commentator who pointed out that this song has "got everything" could not be more correct. There's so much going on in this song, and it's a credit to the band that it all works so fantastically. It has even me ready to party! On the flip, Rodgers and the gang tear into Boz Scaggs' 1977 smash "Lido Shuffle" and absolutely crush it. With so many people having mistaken "Lido Shuffle" for an Elton John song over the years, having the modern-day Elton John covering it will only add to the confusion! So if you see Rodgers out and about, tell him you love his Boz Scaggs cover!

"She Likes To Party" is available now on cream and black splatter vinyl from Wicked Cool Records. It features amazing artwork by Spencer Alexander. Look for a new album from Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems in 2021!


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