The irony of calling a Nashville country or blues band original isn't lost on us, but The Minks' fusion of gritty, no-nonsense riffs and twangy melodies is, well, actually original.
Carried by frontwoman Nikki Barber’s distinct vocals, the wailing Western-y four piece combines Bonnie Raitt (at her angriest) with modern blues rock, and the result is a trad-country/grunge quartet that embraces its down-home sound with a knowing wink.
Their debut single, “Sweet Talk,” is accompanied by the more subdued B side, “In Plain Sight,” and available to buy or stream on major platforms. The video was filmed by Houston Mathews at Slowhand Films.
After writing in an abandoned rubber band factory for three months, Nashville native and roots-rock poet Rayland Baxter has emerged with Wide Awake, a politically charged anti-manifesto that’s still fun enough to play at a backyard cookout