Jack White was still upholstering furniture in southwest Detroit when the Detroit Cobras formed nearly two decades ago. Inspired by classic rhythm and blues, the band was known for giving obscure tunes a garage rock varnish, with former exotic dancer Rachel Nagy's sassy vocals hitting you below the waistline. As the garage rock craze of the early 2000s waned, the Detroit Cobras stuck to their guns and remained a cover band as their local contemporaries dissolved or created other bands. The group managed to release four well-received albums and a compilation despite going through numerous lineup changes over the years. It's the Cobras' style that remains the same. The band has a passion to play down and dirty rock 'n' roll, and it shows at their exciting concerts. They also are perfectionists, so when the Detroit Cobras go on tour, it's a rare treat to see a band that continues to perform at the top of their game. The musicians don't rely on tricks and gimmicks to get your attention, so don't expect them to show up with a vintage machine that magically presses vinyl. Just expect rock.
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