New Jersey-centered roots-rock/alt-country/blues collective Committee Of Vultures release their new irreverent audio video, “Dressed to Get Naked,” a track lifted from their album, Everybody Wants the Blues, slated to drop in early 2022 via Jersey Delta Records.
Jersey Delta Records is an independently owned and operated record label based in New Jersey’s historic/mythical Delta Region. Management and staff are direct descendants of the area’s unique local population whose musical and cultural roots can be traced well beyond the commencement of official record-keeping which was not formally established in many parts of this disenfranchised region until the late 1930s.
Renowned for their ever-changing lineup of musicians, numbering 30+ at this point, all of Committee Of Vultures’ songs are written by Robert Van Kull, along with music legend Benny Harrison. The twosome brings in the best musicians from New Jersey to record. So far, most of their recordings have not been released.
Contributors to the forthcoming album include Benny Harrison (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Robert Van Kull (songwriter, vocals, guitar, harmonica), Rob Paparozzi (harmonica, vocals), Ada Dyer (vocals), Kevin Hadley (guitar), Dave Halpern (drums), Jack Daley (bass), P.K. Layvengood) (guitar), Al Chez (horns), Jimmy Ryan (pedal steel), Kenny Aaronson (bass), Tim Carbone (fiddle), Steve DeAcutis (guitar), Glen Burtnik (bass, vocals), Patti Maloney (vocals), Robert Mills (guitar, vocals), Lisa Lowell (vocals), Sheryl Marshall (vocals), Joe Bellia (drums)Charlie Torres (bass), Brandon Morrison (bass), and Lee Falco (drums).
“Dressed to Get Naked” opens on sleazy, jazz-laced, bluesy waves of sound – braying horns, a piano, and tight, tough drums. A lusciously rasping female voice imbues the lyrics with swanky, sensuous timbres, giving the song the taste of a female version of Steve Marriott – raw, smoldering, and evocative.
The teeter-tottering rhythm of the tune, roiling and viscous, makes the harmonics a thing of raucous beauty, spilling, dripping, and oozing with ambling blues savors.
With “Dressed to Get Naked,” Committee Of Vultures offers a song in the same vein as “You Can Leave Your Hat On” – wickedly good.