A short review from Newcity Chicago: "Chicago's boozy, seventies-rock-and blues-inspired band The Dirty Rooks burrow themselves underneath your nails, along with the dirt and scum and filth of the city streets. And they're good. The group's self-titled record, self-released, doesn't fuck around--one song even starts with the sentiment, "I was born on the day my mama died." There's a lot of whiskey in that lyric. The slow, moody "Tell Me Something" should quiet even the rowdiest bar room. Even the acoustic-based "Little Queen"--with its subsequent blues-country harmonica--works nicely. Other than with Velcro Lewis and His 100 Proof Band, rock `n' roll hasn't been this drunk in a while."
The Dirty Rooks are
Dan Stalilonis - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Grant Gholson - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Bailey - Guitar
Ben Hunt - Bass
Nathan Urbansky - Drums
Like the great classic rock bands of the 60s and 70s, The Dirty Rooks draw inspiration primarily from the blues. Listeners have compared them to The Band, The Faces, and The Black Crowes. Ever since they formed in Chicago in 2005 they have celebrated rock music that sounds and feels good. They gladly leave the angst and navel-gazing to other bands, working hard to get people tapping their their feet, pounding their drinks, and having a blast.