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Album Review: If The River Was Whiskey

I recently wanted to know what the Spin Doctors were up to, and I discovered they had put out their sixth studio album, “If The River Was Whiskey” back in 2013. Curious, I picked it up and checked it out. What I found was quite impressive.

Naturally, as someone who wasn’t ever a big fan of theirs to begin with, my only knowledge of them was their hits from back in the 90s. What “If The River…” is, is 100% blues rock. I was delightfully surprised. Because it’s not just blues rock, it’s GOOD blues rock. It even has guitar solos, which a lot of newer rock doesn’t have.

I really don’t know what else to say about the album, other than it rocks and if you’re a fan of blues rock, you should definitely check this album out. I really hope the Spin Doctors aren’t done playing.

Here’s some interesting info. The Spin Doctors have been around since around 1989, but this is only their sixth album. The album before this one, “Nice Talking To Me,” came out in 2005.

What They Be Doin’ Now? Spin Doctors

Here’s a band I haven’t heard from since the early ’90s. The Spin Doctors! Remember them? Of course you do! They’re this band!

I was never a really big fan of theirs, but I did like the previous tune, and still do. Here’s another of their hits, though I’m unfamiliar with this one. Now that I listen to it, it’s not too bad.

So, what got me to thinking about them? No fucking idea. It’s just that when I started this concept with The Presidents of the United States of America, I thought I’d have done like, a million more of these since then, but I haven’t. And just now I was in a blogging mood, figured I’d do one, and for some unknown reason the Spin Doctors popped into my head.

So now I’ll tell you what I do know about them. They formed in the ’80s and called themselves Trucking Company, and John Popper was in the band. You know, the lead singer of Blues Traveler. He left Trucking Company to do Blues Traveler full time. Good move. Then they added a couple guys and changed their name to Spin Doctors in 1989.

Around that time, they played a lot with Blues Traveler and a hippie jam band called the Ominous Seapods, who I am a fan of. I’m not sure how easy or hard it might be now to find music by the Seapods, but when I found the few songs I did, it was rather difficult. They didn’t last long though. From what I understand they get together every now and then for a reunion show.

Anyway, Blues Traveler made it big, of course, and the Spin Doctors were pretty big in the early ’90s as well. So, what the fuck are they up to now?

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