The Fort Collins-based, blues-fusion band Musketeer Gripweed simply explodes onstage with the energy and fervor of a revival preacher out to save a filthy sinner’s soul. This group of highly accomplished musicians, however, isn’t about pushing religion – unless your religion is drinking, dancing and some damn good music – they’re about creating “American revival, stomp, shake and holla” music. With a passion influenced by modern and classic rock ‘n’ soul heroes, Musketeer Gripweed creates an extraordinarily powerful live energy, and the band’s “gasoline intense vibe” manifests in spontaneous, uncontrollable dancing and a compulsion to stand up, run to the stage and testify.
Musketeer’s musical links to bands like the Black Crowes and the Grateful Dead are clear in its extended solos, folky song structures and lyrics that owe a lot to the blues. Messages of peace and activism come in nuanced forms, including tunes about rising up early in the morning and singing. –Westword Denver