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2010 Best Music Poll Winners

BEST MUSIC POLL > PROVIDENCE

Best Roots Act in Providence

The Benedictions

Benedictions

Newcomers the Benedictions, who just released The Benedictions Play Devil Music, serve up engaging fare for listeners with a predilection toward the Band, Uncle Tupelo, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Neil Young. The quartet says Devil Music is "Americana, on the rocks," brewed in a garage on a deserted heartland prairie. Guitarists Kelly Burke and G.W Mercure and bassist Rob Shot all share lead and backing vocals, anchored by drummer Mike Tomasso. The twang of "California" and "You May Not Be Alive For Too Long" cruise nicely alongside the toe-tapping "This Old River," while Mercure works in some mournful harmonica on "Hat's On the Table." "Crying Shame" and the fun gallop of "Lonesome Tears" are noteworthy midtempo highlights, but it's the high-spirited album opener "Pawn Shop Guitar" that keeps us coming back.

Runners-up
2. Brown Bird
3. The Wrong Reasons
4. The Wippets

The Benedictions are an Americana band from Providence. They formed in 2009, when local songwriter G.W. Mercure met guitarist Kelly Burke, bassist Rob Shot, and...

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