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…)
This actually goes beyond music, this is history. This is when sloppiness became art. And sloppy wasn’t a dirty word any more. No. In this context, sloppy is the highest compliment that can be paid. Sloppy means a talented band that pretends they are a bad band, pretending they are a good band. I know that is mind-bending, but hear me out. They were a talented band that pretended that they were talent-less. Not just talent-less, but talent-less pretending to be superstars. That WAS The Replacements in 1986. (more…)
This is one groovy, bittersweet album. This is the posthumous release of Chris Porter, who was killed in a car accident on October 21, 2016. Full of full frontal country music with a huge dose of southern rock and boogie woogie. There is a whole lotta rockin’ going on, courtesy of Porter & Company. this is a great album and there are two instances of “I can’t believes” on this album: 1) I can’t believe how outrageously good it is 2) I can’t believe that they got 13 words and and ampersand on the front cover of the album. They completed both feats at the highest level.