The last ten years in St. Louis music came in with a bang and out with a whimper as far as I'm concerned. When thinking over my favorite St. Louis CDs of the past ten years, I have to start with the 2000 release of Bob Reuter's masterpiece, Down in America.
I'd known Bob a little since I saw him at the first punk rock show I ever saw at a house on Forest Park with the Retros and The Camaros. I was there to see his band, The Dinosaurs, and was not disappointed, since they played both sides of their single, (It Might Be) Rose and Rock'n'Roll Moron.
But when Bob released this CD - or whoever released it for him - I was knocked out. The songwriting on the disc was incredible. The band ferocious, on fire, all-consuming. It was country-ish, but it was pure rock. I'm linking to just two songs from this CD below for those who have never heard it, because I think it's sad that everyone in the world who loves rock and roll doesn't have a copy and I'm pretty damned sure it's been out of print since forever. I'm sharing two songs, but, damn, there's so many more.
I'll be posting a few more of my favorite St. Louis CD releases of the past decade in the upcoming week or two, so stay tuned if you like that sort of thing.