Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, Alvin Youngblood Hart
POST-PETTY PARTY: Mike Campbell and his Dirty Knobs’ garage rocking can’t help but invoke a bit of Petty’s ghost on this band’s visit Sept. 23.
Friday September 23, 2022 08:30 PM EDT
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: Tom Petty’s long serving shotgun riding lead guitarist (and often co-songwriter) rebounds from his post-Heartbreaker stint as a hired hand in Fleetwood Mac, where he replaced Lindsey Buckingham. His blues rocking Dirty Knobs outfit tours supporting its second album in three years. Raw blues/soul veteran Hart makes for a terrific double bill. — HH
From the venue:After more than 20 years as lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mike Campbell stepped out on his own with a side project, the Dirty Knobs, and waited almost another 20 years before recording their music and releasing it to the public. Playing raucous rock & roll with a ragged but right feel, the Dirty Knobs' debut album, 2020's Wreckless Abandon, saw Campbell and his bandmates beginning with the anthemic sound of his work with the Heartbreakers, and adding the influence of vintage '60s and '70s sounds (such as the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and Led Zeppelin), as well as a touch of blues. Campbell moved his name above the Dirty Knobs in the billing for their second album, External Combustion, but the group continued to play rock & roll in the vein of the latter-day Heartbreakers.