By 'Rebel' Rod Ames
It is no secret. I have been a huge fan of Plowboy since first meeting Jonah Smith and his Dad at The Spirit Wind Java in the tiny Hamlet of Ingram, Texas nearly two years ago.
At the time the lad was barely 13 and played for our small group of music lovers a tune he had written on the paper in his brain. In the raw it was completely wonderful. His use of lyrics were phenomenal, far ahead of his young age. However, I was only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Now, almost two years later, Jonah and his band, Plowboy, made up of four phenomenally gifted young artists. Jonah on vocals/rhythm guitar, Evan O’Brien on lead guitar, Isaac Brodsky on bass and back ground vocals, and Colin Scruggs on the skins.
The band has blended into something exceptional. This is proven by their brand new record “Headlong and Roaming” (Self-released). Plowboy is what rock ‘n roll has always been and what it should always remain.
Evan O’Brien at age 14 is absolutely brilliant on guitar. It will not be long before you will hear his name mentioned alongside the great rock guitarists of all time. He adds an element to the band that puts them so many levels above other bands in their formative years.
On “Headlong and Roaming” they have also reworked a couple of their tunes from their previous record. “I Wouldn’t Touch Her (She Smells Like Suburbia)” and “Butterfly Tattoo”. They made them both even better.
The band has matured so much. They were already years ahead of their young ages. Now, they just keep on raising the bar for themselves. That’s good. If they keep doing that, and keep working at their craft, I see no end in sight for their future. In fact, we are just getting started.
“Headlong and Roaming” is a brilliant rock ‘n roll record anyone should have in their collection. Plowboy is the real deal!