‘Love Ain’t Free’
The Dirty Pennies have really nailed this one. The band’s new single, “Love Ain’t Free,” has a kick-to-the-gut, knife-in-the-back groove that’s sharp and melodious.
As on earlier endeavors, the band coaxes out a rough-and-tumble, minimalist blues without being an azure cliché. But the band has tightened up on this single, resulting in a sleek recording that really hugs the road. Oh, and there’s a guitar solo in there that will unscrew your lid.
Dropping on July 10 — along with your jaw — “Love Ain’t Free” finds The Dirty Pennies on a salacious sojourn, a detour into “Can You Hear Me Knockin” territory. It rocks, it burns cool, it’s a good’un.
Frank De Blase is CITY's music writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.