Caught Melvern Taylor and Jen Kearney at Toad last Thursday...fun, fun, fun! Seemed like half the audience knew every word to every Melvern song and the intensity level cranked up a few notches once Jen Kearney and the boys dove into Pick Yourself Up. Several recognizable faces from Lowell were dispersed throughout the crowd of locals: Mike Dion (Hot Day), Corey B (Speakermute), and the Reverend JJ (Reverend JJ and the Casual Sinners). The Reverend, one of the original founding members of the much loved hillbilly jug band Thunderpants Johnson, has just released his first full length CD with his band the Casual Sinners. Saturday night, February 21st, the sometimes irreverent Reverend will be hosting a CD release party at Mickey's to celebrate. Highlights from the selftitled CD include the opening track Hard to See You Go and the lilting Walk Slowly. Backed by a stellar band, the Reverend's hard driving harmonica playing and fevered vocals keep things rocking from start to finish. Local favorites Uncle Jam and the War Babies open. Music starts at 9. Should be a fun show!