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The Silks - "Live and Learn" (video) (premiere)

"Live and Learn" is the kind of Americana-worshipping blues rock that will never go out of style.

The Silks make the kind of Americana-worshipping blues rock that will never go out of style. Its subdued, subtly grooving structure is reminiscent of the smoked-out Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, though the group is from Rhode Island instead of the Deep South. The fuzzy, slightly out-of-focus distortion of “Live and Learn” dovetails with Tyler-James Kelly’s baritone twang, a pitch-perfect recreation of a forgotten jam from the ‘70s. It’s the kind of rock as at home in your own record collection as your dad’s, and it should be commended for bridging cultural gaps while remaining relevant and timely.

“Live and Learn" is simply about reminding yourself to embrace change,” says Kelly. "I wrote it for friends of mine and myself that have made mistakes. Some learned from them, some haven't. Its a reminder how short a time we have to try to do right.”

“Turn Me On” releases July 29. Until then, stream “Live and Learn” below.

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