Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns’ new video for their track “Winger” puts the “fun” in funky, and we’re thrilled to premiere it today here on Roots Music Canada.
The quirky four-minute blues-rock romp features an eclectic mix of instrumental solos over a frantic drum loop by Jim Casson. The frenetic pace of the track is paired with visuals of instruments and shots of fast-motion vehicles, suggesting the energy from which the track was born.
“Winger” is the fourth video release by Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns from their September album Canboro Canborough. The track is the brainchild of Jim Casson, whose drum improvisations provide the heartbeat for his group members to throw their own ingredients into the “funky gumbo.”
Jay Burr’s tuba is in the background, while Wayne DeAdder and Mike Branton are up front on guitar and slide guitar respectively. Mark Lalama of Sisters Euclid and Dizzy & Fay fame makes a guest appearance on keyboards. Last years Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year, Jim Casson, is, as always, steady on the drums.
Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns have created two albums so far and enjoyed a lot of laughter along the way. Having previously played for Downchild, The Maple Blues Band, The Hogtown Allstars and Dark Orchard, Jim began the group during the COVID-19 lockdowns with the sole goal of creating a funky New Orleans vibe. The rest unfolded quickly, with other members jumping onboard, leading to a self-titled debut album in 2021. They followed it up with another in 2023.
Canboro Canborough pays tribute to Jim’s roots with a track list derived from historic streets and villages in his hometown on the Niagara Peninsula. Moreover, for the second album in a row, Jim uses audio clips from a 1963 recording of local disc jockey Bob Bowland. In the video for “Winger,” a Toronto streetcar is briefly visible.
The Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns website asks. “What if Dark Orchard (Jim’s experimental project) and the blues got together in New Orleans and watched Twin Peaks with Daniel Lanois?”
The answer lies within “Winger,” which is wild, quirky, free and fun, echoing the intentions of the album.
Canboro Canborough is now available on all streaming platforms.
More information about Davis & the Green Lanterns and their album can be found at www.greenlanterns.ca