"You should have seen that girl go shaky at the knees," sang Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley halfway through the Portland, Ore. band's set. His words proved applicable to more than doting young girls; they illuminated the reactions of every Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers fan at the Pageant on Saturday night.
Driven by faith and steel strings, Blitzen Trapper has traded in old times for new joys. Thirteen full years have lead to "VII," a healthy mixture of mountain twang and electronic grooves.
Blitzen Trapper is a band out of Portland, Ore. that, despite its northern home, rattles with the shake of desert sand in a storm.
The songs of Blitzen Trapper arc from sweeping anthems to folk-inspired ballads all bathed in the same lyrical mix of cowboy mythos and Northwestern mountain country soul.