One Mans Trash: Southern Rock with a little Pop, Blues Swagger and Fun

At the recommendation of one of it's members, I recently checked out southern rock band One Man's Trash.

I don't claim to be a country aficionado as I could never really get into much country music other than J.J. Cale and Johnny Cash. Maybe its because I live in Chicago or maybe its because I haven't spent nearly enough time on the back of a horse to fully appreciate it, I don't know. I do know a bit about southern rock and blues though, as I'm a big fan of Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

I don't know if I'd call One Man's Trash a country rock band, southern rock, country pop or what. At first I thought they were a little country rock band but the more I listen to their music, the more I think that doesn't do them justice. They definitely have a country twang ranging from slight to major depending on the song, but they also have catchy pop choruses, a great blues swagger and a funky feel that makes them more than your typical country band. My favorite song so far is "Say You Love Me," a catchy pop song with a bit of blues swagger and a funky feel, almost gospel like backing vocals and some great country style guitar pickin'. I also like "Double Cheese" as it's probably the most rock influenced track and has a great blues stomp riff that hints at ZZ Top. "If You Want Love" is another song I've really like. Its definitely a pop song with soaring choruses, but is still catchy enough to get stuck in your head.

In fact they all are quite catchy and stick with you.

I bet they would be a great bar band as I'm sure the place would be jumping but classifying them in a definite genre is hard. I hear a definite Texas boogie at times that makes me connect them to ZZ Top (nix heavy guitars) but vocally they remind me a little of Phish and they definitely have a feel closer to what I would call true country. As I said, I don't know a lot of country so it's hard for me to make comparisons... maybe a little like Vince Gill, but I only know a few songs by him. I'm not becoming a country convert, but this southern flavored rock has grown on me and I bet it would be a blast to see them play live. Their music is not exactly progressive rock, but hey, simplicity, humor and honesty can be just as effective as the greatest poetic lyric. Not every song needs to be a complex cerebral experiment.

Lyrically the band is pretty unique and full of personality. They touch on traditional country style and pop lyrics but its always with a slight bit of humor and fun that can border on being satirical and a little tongue and cheek. This gives the songs a great lighthearted and fun feel. Reading their band bio on their site is equally amusing as a few times I actually laughed out loud. Its nice to see a band willing to put their personalities into their music like that, even if they are a little... eccentric, (I'd consider that a compliment as eccentric people are more fun than regular people).

Overall I think that if you're into southern rock or pop, or even if you're not, you'll probably dig One Man's Trash. They're catchy, fun and unique.

Check out their website at You can listen to their tracks on their site. You can also pick up their album at

I'll definitely keep an eye out for any new tracks from them and who knows maybe I'll even start liking more country music... nah, that's just crazy talk.


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