Dexter Romweber's appearance in the film Athens GA Inside Out and on Late Night With David Letterman in 1990 gave hope that a cult artist, an outsider, could break out and into the mainstream. That never happened. Dexter persevered and put out a series of influential albums with Flat Duo Jets (e.g. The Black Keys and The White Stripes). And years later there's the surreal scene in It Might Get Loud where Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page sit around a turntable listening to Dex's version of "Froggy Went a Courtin". How's that for credibility?
On Images 13 (Bloodshot Records) the Dex Romweber Duo finds Dexter with his trusty Silvertone paired with sister Sara Romweber on drums pounding out his/her/their version of 50's inspired rockin' Americana mixing Dex originals with typically tasty obscure covers. It may sound hyperbolic, but with Dexter's encylopedic knowledge of early rock, he's the closest that genre has to a Doc Watson. Okay, maybe a deranged late night Doc Watson. An almost poppy cover of The Who's "So Sad About Us" suggests that Dex's influences, although rooted in the 50's, creep forward into the 60's and on other tracks slide back into the 40's. "We'll Be Together Again" written by Jackie DeShannon and Shari K. Sheeley finds both the songwriters and Dexter channeling Buddy Holly's "Learning The Game". Dexter's a true treasure, an Americana gem, a hero in some circles and unknown in way too many. Highly recommended to anyone who likes their music raw, rocking and real.
Check out these two version of "Froggie Went a Courtin" in case you think my Dex/Doc comparison was insane.
Dex then Doc!