Band Reviews

By L. KENT WOLGAMOTT / Lincoln Journal Star
Friday, Nov 16, 2007 - 12:13:47 am CST
I hadn’t seen Indigenous since the Kris Lager Band began backing singer/guitarist Mato Nanji. But I’d heard nothing but good reports about the collaboration — from those who had seen the shows and from Lager and company.

Those reports are true. In fact, I like Indigenous better now than I did when it was the family blues trio. Part of that is personal. I’ve always found trios, with a few exceptions, to be a little on the dull side, with the bass and drums mostly providing a platform for excessive lead guitar work.

With the Lager band behind him, Nanji still has a chance to display his considerable guitar prowess. But the presence of Jeremiah Weir’s keyboards and Lager’s guitar gives the band more an Allman Brothers feel, creating a richer, fuller sound and, on some of the songs, cranking up the dual lead guitar interplay that can be very, very cool.
The collaboration also seems to have helped push Nanji past many of the overt Stevie Ray Vaughan references that once typified his playing. While SRV is still there, his Stratocaster found new sounds, new lines and a refreshed spirit while the songs remain as sturdy as ever.

There’s talk that Indigenous is going to make a record in its current form. I can’t wait to hear it.

"Try sampling the “Celebrate Life” sounds of the Kris Lager Band. This Lincoln band romps through a lot of different blues
and rock sounds to create original music that is undeniably uplifting. You can’t
leave a Kris Lager show in a bad mood."
BJ Huchtemann (the Reader)
Wed 12/12/2007 4:23 PM