We headed downtown to Maria’s Arcadia Grille to meet Canton’s The Most Beautiful Losers. Sam Huff and Chris Bentley were looking rough, and this first thing that came out of Bentley’s mouth was “We’re still hungover. Sorry.” Brad Belcher strolled in and ordered a coffee. Akron has The Black Keys, and Canton has The Most Beautiful Losers, a drinking band with a rock and roll problem. They’ve been through a plethora of band mates, brawled in bars all over the country and had the city shut down their home base and most underground club of all time. Born in 2002, Bentley and Belcher wanted to start a country-rock-drinking-song type of sound. They succeeded, and the energy they put into the band resonated throughout the community. It didn’t take long for them to gain the reputation of the band that will play any place, anytime, as long as there is beer on tap. The new album, “Wreckage,” is a full on masterpiece. The Losers came into their own on this album. It is a different sound than the last album, and now the songs are even simpler, which is not a bad thing. Anyone can pick this up and be singing along in no time. Chris Bentley’s lyrics sometimes trail off to what is seemingly nonsense, yet you remember each word and are immediately sucked into deciphering what he means. Sometimes there just is no answer, so you have no choice but to sing along and imagine. A few years back, Sammy bought Old Glory Tattoos in Canton. When the economy tanked, so did the tattoo shop. Eventually the band reopened Old Glory as a BYOB music venue. The place only holds 70 people, max, but word quickly spread a new band friendly venue was in place. The idea would be The Losers could use the door revenue to finance a tour during the year. Ultimately, the city stepped in and shut the place down. The band is confident it will reopen with liquor license in place. The band life is completely amazing, and the fact that they have been out on the road for years perfecting the act shows. They seem to have more fun on stage than anyone in the room, and that’s not to say people aren’t having a blast. The lineup has come full circle. Originally Sam was a roadie, but after a stroke of genius, Chris Bentley handed Huff a guitar and said, “Play like this, and don’t stop.” So in reality, Sam has only been playing guitar for as long as he has been in the band, but he’s good and adds to the fun of the show. All in all, The Most Beautiful Losers are still at the beginning of their career. Touring in support of their album is all they really want to do. An October tour is in the works with a double album to follow. If you want to check out a workingman’s band, then check out The Most Beautiful Losers.