Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Southern Folk from Motor City; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Southern Folk from Motor City; POP

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

Blanche

Borderline, W1

HAILING from Detroit does not seem to have harmed Blanche's country credentials. The male contingent of the banjo-plucking five-piece were last heard playing on the latest album by sexagenarian country legend Loretta Lynn, and singer Dan Miller has recently been starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in a major biopic of Johnny Cash, in which he plays, Luther Perkins, the country legend's guitarist during the Fifties and Sixties.

The band's carefully contrived image is of Deep South simple folk from much earlier in the century. Jug-eared, slick-haired Miller and his wife and bassist Tracee Mae, with her prim milkmaid's outfit, are one of the most visually striking couples to have appeared on a stage in a long time. There is humour in their style (while tuning up at last night's show, Dan and new member Jack Lawrence even played a snippet of the duelling banjos sequence from Deliverance, John Boorman's horrifying tale of crazed backwoods inbreds) but the care with which their songs are constructed suggests a genuine passion for the country way. …

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