YAKIMA, Wash. — Massy Ferguson at Bill’s Place on Saturday is a nice marriage of band and venue — both unassuming and unpretentious, both full of rock ’n’ roll heart.
It’s a Seattle band named after a tractor company playing Yakima’s neighborhoodiest neighborhood bar. It’s like the slightly gritty side of American nostalgia. You know those wholesome Norman Rockwell paintings with the red-cheeked American families sitting around the dinner table or making a snowman or whatever? This show is going on in that universe, only it’s attended by those people’s ne’er-do-well aunts and uncles, the ones who were invited to dinner but will show up late, stinking of rye.
Anyway, it’s the On Blog Pick of the Week this week. It had to be. I’ve been a Massy Ferguson fan for years now. They play a Springsteen sort of bar-band classic rock that, to me, has always been a big part of rock ’n’ roll’s core.