The Gasoline Gypsies sound, is played the way we remember falling in love with rock and roll.
It is a sound born in a child whose father introduced him to campfire jams amid the wooded land that has played host to Legendary Wheatland festival. Young Caleb Malooley watched warm shadows dance in that forest canopy. Stringed instruments, wielded by soul soaked artists, spoke to him, telling him that he had to play music. And, perhaps by fate, it was that same roots sound that touched the soul of his best friend, and bass player, Steve Briere. The two grounded a lifelong friendship, knowing that they didn’t just want to play music, but it was essential that they respected the tradition of the music they chose to play.
The first iteration of the Gasoline Gypsies was an acoustic, three piece Folk/Rock act, that honed the Gypsies penchant for crisp harmonies, and grown up lyrics. The departure of their percussion man, resulted in meeting drummer, Joe Makowski, an unabashed rock and roller whose style begged that the gypsies plug in and test their rock chops. Electrified, Caleb’s front man guitar skills blossomed. Their growth process eventually led to the addition of Neal Love, whose blazing licks play like they are lead worthy in their own right. But Neal’s humility, and ability to understand that he brings the missing piece to this team, makes The Gasoline Gypsies a group that reverently respects the art of the music, while unleashing all that we love about rock and roll.
Caleb and Neal play their guitars like four hands connected to one brain, both adding elements of lead and rhythms that play off each other uniquely, with tinges reminiscent of the duplicity of The Allman Brother’s lead work. Steve’s always in-the-pocket bass lines range from subtle to funky, and Joe on the kit drives the wagon with beats spot on, splashed with just a little mischief.
The Gasoline Gypsies work hard. They are young guys with old souls. Their considerable effort to play rock and roll in the spirit that respects the art, results in a seemingly effortless stage performance that is thrilling, and fun. You’ll leave the show with a head full of musical ear worms, that you’ll be humming for days. And you’ll remember why you always loved great rock and roll.