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Check It Out: Blitzen Trapper’s “Shine On”

Blitzen Trapper, a band from Portland, OR, has been around since 2000. The high point was a two page feature in Rolling Stone in 2008. The band seems to be on semi-hiatus, with only a handful of shows scheduled this year.

“Shine On” is from “VII” which, believe it or not, is the band’s seventh album. This is a catchy tune, and the guitarists are very talented.  Bitzen Trapper also released a version of the song with commentary. The two folks offering insight are Eric Early and Liz Vice. Vice actually was a guest vocalist on the song.

Here is more on the band. Members are Eric Earley, Erik Menteer, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael Van Pelt and Marty Marquis. Click on the image at left or here for the album at Amazon and click here for it at iTunes.

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