There’s a beautiful thing about a mid-week evening at Waterloo. Man, the Louisville venue is a safe-haven, a place where you can just land yourself at the bar and soak up the good vibe, enjoy the good company courtesy of the friendly bar-staff and the cool clientele, sip some good liquor, and enjoy some great music. Owner Josh Karp prides himself on finding great bands to play his place (his dad, Louis, owned Waterloo Records in Austin), and on Tuesdays, the Gasoline Lollipops are the house band.T
Simply speaking, the Gasoline Lollipops is an alt-country band, though there’s a lot more going on than that. Dusty, ancient roots music meets skiffle, bluegrass meets folk, contemporary country meets blues – it all smashes together into a gorgeous cacophony, a stunning debacle of bourbon-infused noise.
All four of the musicians are on top of their game, putting in a near-as-dammit flawless performance. Brad Morse on upright bass is particularly enjoyable – there are few sounds warmer than that of a stand-up bass, and Morse has mastered his craft. But they’re all great; Jonny Mouser doesn’t miss a beat, Donny Ambory shreds on the electric guitar, while Clay Rose has a perfectly hoarse, dusty voice and he can play the acoustic guitar too.
A few people dance but most just take it all in. The plays songs that range from lively to poignant, but always compelling. As they themselves say, “From the swampy nether reaches of the dirty south, to the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the GasPops are sure to be raging somewhere near you soon.” Go seem ’em.