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From the Country Standard Time Archives

Six String Drag whets appetite

TT the Bears, Cambridge, Mass., March 20, 1998

By Stuart Munro

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Hobbled by playing the middle slot of a three-band bill, Six String Drag made the best of the limited time it had to work with after a slow start.

The Raleigh, N.C. band, which last fall released its E-Squared debut, serve up a varied fare, amply demonstrated by the rag-timey "Over and Over" (complete with banjo and whistling) and with their choice of covers (Gene Vincent and Tom T. Hall).

That said, the band also showed its command of the basics of the country-rock spectrum: at one end the beautiful weeper "Elaine," highlighting the harmony work of singer Kenny Roby and bass player Rob Keller, and at the other dazzling rave-ups such as "Top of the Mountain" and "Gasoline Maybelline."

All in all, Six String Drag's performance was a small slice that whetted the appetite for more.

Working in that vast middle ground between the strikingly original and the utterly derivative, New Hampshire's Say Zuzu, which opened the night, played nine tunes that sported influences ranging from classic Seventies country rock to Uncle Tupelo (including a by-the-numbers version of Uncle Tupelo's rendition of "Moonshiner").

Although the band had the opener's usual fate of playing for a crowd not yet arrived, they provided the early birds with a pleasant-enough way to begin the evening.