In the early 1990’s, 6 String Drag formed in Raleigh, North Carolina. The musical landscape of the time wedged Alt Country and Americana between Rock and Folk music as subsets of both. Though still considered a niche market, with a set-marketplace, the lack of musicians on the Roots bandwagon provided more opportunities. 6 String Drag frontman Ken Roby recalls ‘there was a feeling back then of promise and that you might actually make a living at music someday. I’m not sure if 6 String Drag ever expected to play any stadiums, but we thought me might make a living in an NRBQ kind of way’. Decisions sidelined 6 String Drag by the end of the 1990’s. The band flies again under the 6 String Drag banner, planting the flag of Rock’n’Roll on Top of the World, their recent release.
The recommitment of 6 String Drag to the sound that gave them access to a career two decades ago is strong on Top of the World, the band opening the album with a possible promise to the music with “Never Turn My Back on You Again”. Scraggly guitar chords welcome “Robert & Lucy” into Top of the World as the same electric chords form a solid line for the rhythms that escort “Small Town Punks” and slow the strums to sway to tell the tale of “Jennifer Wren & the Crow I Know”. Serving up a love letter, Top of the World chops and dices the beat for “I Wish You Would”, spins memory on guitar jangle for “Wrong Girl”, and whirls psychedelia around “Waste of Time” as 6 String Drag strut beside a dream in “Every Time She Walks on By” and create a master plan for tonight, tomorrow, and young love eternity with “Let’s Fool Around ‘Til the End of the World”.
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