As I write this, Major and the Monbacks’ single, “Come on Home” is playing — and boy, is it good. With its Sam and Dave call-and-responses, horn punctuations and “Music from the Big Pink”-era Band Americana, the nine-piece Norfolk group nails what it used to mean to be an American band. Its groove-based rock draws heavily from what’s been, but it doesn’t sound like nostalgia. Like Richmond groups the Northerners and the Southern Belles, Major and the Monbacks take the old and make it new again, drawing inspiration from Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Gary US Bonds for their surprisingly contemporary sounding music. Their rockin’ soul review hits the Tobacco Company on Friday, June 13. Doors open at 9 p.m. Free. thetobaccocompany.com.
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