They’ve just moved to Greensboro from Hickory, NC. I am very glad. The three piece consists of guitar, drums, and vocals. Very mid-fi.
The Old One-Two is a blues/rock trio which sounds a lot older than they are. I don’t mean because they haven’t been playing together for long, or because they are barely old enough to drink in the places they play, but because they channel Son House, Robert Johnson, R.L. Burnside, and old gospel tunes in the vein of the Black Keys or the White Stripes or Langhorne Slim, or later R.L. Burnside.
They play with passion, conviction, and a self confidence that exudes from them on stage. Talk to them for five minutes and you will find they are not cocky, but rather modest and polite young men.
Their stage show reeks of excitement and energy, even when Hawke sits down with his bullet microphone. He wails, almost distorted, from a little Marshall amplifier. During Nathan’s guitar changes, Hawke will holler out an old song, like John the Revelator. Chad sings along from the drum set, as does Nathan after he gets his guitar situated, both with no microphones.
Nathan’s guitar skills much surpass his age, and are deeply rooted in the blues slide style of playing. Chad hammers at the drums like the Muppet Animal would if he were a real boy. Some day, Animal, some day.
The three come together like eggs and toast, salt and pepper, coffee and cigarettes, wine and cheese, and Driveway and ginseng eye-drops from Japan.