Alex “Crankshaft” Larson grew up in the country about an hour north of the Twin Cities where he and his brother killed time playing music. After years playing punk rock, Alex “Crankshaft” Larson, spurred on by the burst of the housing bubble collapse killing his construction business, began Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. My favorite term Alex used to describe his music is “Americana Slop Bucket.” He may have used the term “Pork Neck Boogie” as some point as well. Larson’s band blends a number of American music styles into a sound that is reminiscent of many things you might have heard, but is also undoubtedly the product of the drive, sense of fun, and adventurousness of Alex “Crankshaft” Larson. And, rightfully so, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders have been steadily building attention through their solid releases and memorable live performances. We also hear music from Five Mile chase and a string of Iron Rangers including Paul Metsa, Ol’ Yeller, Bob Dylan, and Germaine Gemberling.
Lin reviews Leif Enger’s book “Virgil Wander” in this edition of “Superior Reviews”.