Blitzen Trapper Cover Led Zeppelin, Channel Gangster Rap at Mountain Jam
Blitzen Trapper played a straightforward rock show at Mountain Jam today, even dipping into a little classic rock – sky-gazing solos and all.
After a groovy 'Thirsty Man' off their latest album 'VIII,' they blasted into a full-throttle take on Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way,' using their two-guitar attack to totally nail the iconic song.
The set peaked with 'Furr,' their unlikely, touching story-song about (what else?) transforming into a werewolf. And 'Ramble On,' a Led Zeppelin cover in which singer Eric Earley got to show off his screeching prowess, was a cool surprise.
After the set, backstage, we asked Earley about the band's songwriting influences – particularly in light of his skill at spinning a yarn. He named a very eclectic trio: Townes Van Zandt; rapper Kendrick Lamar and Bob Dylan. Furthermore, he stated that "gangster rap is the only music today that tells stories" nowadays.
Check out some Instagrams we took during Blitzen Trapper's set – and be sure to keep visiting our site for more photos and videos from this weekend's Mountain Jam festival.