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Dex Romweber Duo – Images 13 (Bloodshot)

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Dex Romweber Duo Images 13This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dexter Romweber’s time as one half of the original blues punk two-piece Flat Duo Jets.

And just as Jack White cited the Athens, GA mainstays as a primary influence on the White Stripes, Romweber returns in kind by reviving the brother-sister band format, employing his true blood sibling Sara (Let’s Active) behind the kit to become the Dex Romweber Duo.

Recorded at Southern Culture on the Skids frontman Rick Miller’s North Carolina studio Kuzdu Ranch, the pair’s second full-length dives deeper into Dex’s love for late 50s/early 60s pop culture channeled through an old Link Wray tube amp on the electric exotica of “Blackout!”, the Ventures-style swing of “Blue Surf” and a version of Outer Limits soundtrack composer Harry Lubin’s “Weird (Aurora Borealis)” featuring Melissa Swingle of the Moaners on the saw. And those who want to hear Romweber slay on that trusty Sears Silvertone of his need look no further than the buoyant cover of The Who’s “So Sad About Us”  with SCOTS’ Mary Huff on lead vocals.

Images 13 is as essential as anything Romweber’s conspired in his three decades as a hero of the rock underground.

– Ron Hart

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