Artist of the day: Poetry 'n Lotion
Name a genre of music, and Poetry 'n Lotion can probably make you dance to it.
Led by promoter and scene-boosting presence Matt E. Lee, and rounded out by Jim Page on mandolin, Tom Murray on bass and John Nowicki on drums, PnL have become favorites among local music critics thanks to a style that veers from jam to jazz to reggae to metal to funk to everything in between.
Their new album, Kentucky Monkey, features tastes of ragtime and klezmer (Lotion Rag), sludge metal (Crucial Taunt), experimental reggae (Skinsuit), funky folk (Sweet Relish) and more.
"You wouldn't normally associate the words fusion or freeform with old-fashioned or rustic," tbt* wrote in 2007, "but that's the charm of Poetry N' Lotion, whose songs can include anything from rock to jazz to metal and yet sound like something you'd crank from a Victrola." More recently, Creative Loafing named the band "Best Fusionists" in 2009 for their ability to craft pretty much any riff into an amazingly sweet jam.
"We plan on making a live disc down the road as we have a nice catalog of covers we have made our own over the years that we will hopefully do sometime this year," Lee said. "But we have been writing a lot and debuting some new stuff which involves some zydeco, polka, swing and other genres you normally wouldn't see if you weren't at a PnL or Jim Morey show."