BY: JEREMY FLEISCHER
In 2013, Denver’s Robby Wicks Band released Songs From The Biltmore, the band’s only album to date. The album featured a collection of songs that deserved way more attention than they got, which was minimal, for some unknown reason. Recently, however, the band released a single, “Vices in Disguise,” presumably from a forthcoming release. This track deserves the admiration of any fan of soulful, danceable Americana. Like other RWB releases, it’s full of heart yet has a danceable swing.
What seems to make Robby Wicks Band so great is that, despite the songwriter/singer’s name front-and-center, this is a true ensemble. From the first snare roll on the track, to the saloon-style piano, to Wick’s sweet-gravel voice, each member showcases talent while understanding a sense of place, contributing just what’s needed for the song to reach its potential. And this is a band that is beholden to the integrity of its well-crafted, dynamically arranged songs.
It remains to be seen what, if any, album “Vices in Disguise” will end up on. But if it does, and the rest of the album is anything like this song, RWB deserves a featured slot at the 2017 Folks Festival.