This is infectious as hell. Just a touch of weirdness in all the right places. I can’t articulate exactly what that weirdness is, though. All I can say is that you will know of this said weirdness when you come across it. Maybe weirdness is a little too strong, although it was not meant as an insult. Weird is way better than mundane. (more…)
This music washes over me like the warm blue water of the South Pacific. No one really knows how to adequately define what Americana is. After all, Americana is just a word and really does not describe the music at all. Also, Americana seems to encompass musical styles from gospel to blues and almost everything in between. So to answer the question – what is Americana? is a difficult question to answer. If I could point to one album that totally exemplifies Americana, I think this may be it. Honest song writing, twang, some crunchy guitars, and just extremely listenable music.
This is what good music sounds like. A little bit country, a little bit folk, and some rock and roll added into the mix. Definitely a little bit of a Tom Petty influence. I am sure that is becoming cliche after his untimely death, but this was well in the works prior to Petty’s passing. This is no bandwagon jumping. This is authenticity. Ryan’s writing is very good. He has the talent to take mundane events and make great songs out of them. Not easy to do, but Ryan does it with ease.(more…)
Speechless. Completely. There are song writers and composers and then there is Hans Chew. He has a vision and process that is not usually seen in rock and roll and forget about Americana. I am calling this Americana, but I am still not sure that moniker is correct. I need more research. All of the songs on Open Sea have a very “prog” feel to them. That is something you don’t say everyday, especially when listening to Americana music. A four for. Equal parts late 60s Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Allman Brothers, and Lowell George era Little Feat. (more…)
Rock opera is usually a moniker I detest, along with concept album. At any rate, I have no problem donning this a rock opera. It is visionary, symphonic, and rock and roll. It definitely has some strong country roots. Even through the audio samples and production value, this album is country. Not just any country, Laurel Canyon country. (more…)
Another truly great release this year! I still cannot believe it. Just when I think there cannot be any more, there are. How does that happen? I am really not sure. I do know that the five songs on this EP are all heartfelt and completely honest. I absolutely look for musical honesty, and Jason is one honest musician. This music is his and he isn’t taking musical direction from anyone. Damn skippy, I say. I am fortunate Jason did not acquiesce because his music will stand the test of time, for along time.
WOW! I cannot get over how extraordinary this is. Quite extraordinary, indeed. This is a time machine back to 1970 and 1971 when music was truly integrated. Soul artists and rock and roll artists not only were fans of each other, they collaborated as well. The point I am trying to make is that this is a stunning throw back to a bygone era when music was as much a science as it was an art. The Teskey Brothers not only adhere to this ethos, they have it tattooed on their forearms.(more…)