Sounds Like: A country-rock acid flashback while Linda Ronstadt sings "When Will I Be Loved" in Bonnaroo's This Tent.
For Fans Of: The Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, earnest cowbell
Why You Should Pay Attention: With the Black Crowes on an indefinite hiatus, drummer Steve Gorman had been trying to kick off this side project with session bassist Nick Govrik for years, boasting little success and a lineup as unstable as the Robinson brothers' relationship. It took the addition of "One of Us" hitmaker Joan Osborne along with guitarist Tom Bukovac and the Crowes' Jackie Green to finally hit the right stride and seal a deal with Rounder Records. On their self-titled debut, there's plenty of soul-steeped harmonies, striding dual guitars and bluesy licks. Their ace musicianship can blow many less seasoned bands out of the water — just like they did during Americana Fest, when their explosive set sent plenty of aspiring folk acolytes whimpering towards the door with their fiddles between their legs.
They Say: Naturally, Trigger Hippy has been bestowed with "supergroup" status, and Osborne's OK with that. "If people are going to throw that word around, I feel like we're pretty ready to live up to it," she says. "Hopefully I'm not overreaching by saying that, but what we all bring to the table and what we're able to make happen is pretty intense. Everyone is so strong as an individual, and then you get us together and we're bouncing off each other and pushing ourselves. There's no one person who is a leader, and we're at a point in our lives where we can hang with that and let it be this five-headed-monster."
Hear for Yourself: The swampy doo-wop chorus and hemp-wrapped happycore of "Rise Up Singing" is like a less naughty, folked-up version of Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good." By Marissa R. Moss