Aug 22, 2014

DREW KENNEDY - SAD SONGS HAPPILY PLAYED

In a world full of justice and fairness Drew Kennedy would be one of the most revered musicians around. Alas, wee do not in a perfect world and only those fine people with musical tastes that are more sophisticated have managed to find the hidden gem that is DK music. I have long been a fan of Drew and his music. He is one of the musicians who I truly see as an artist. His music truly is auditory art.

His latest project, Sad Songs Happily Played, was an accident of sorts. Drew let it be known that the live recording that makes up the album was quite unintended at the time. He had envisioned soon doing a live recording at some point and says he had intended to discuss the venture with one particular venue he thought would be perfect for doing so. Alas he played a show and forgot to ask the venue about recording it for an album. But as fate would have it, just as Drew had forgotten to ask the venue to record the show, the sound guy had forgotten to ask for permission to record it. The show that was destined to be his live record had just been played and had indeed been recorded that night.

What was caught was possibly one of the truest live recordings I have ever heard. Drew simply performed to that crowd and told them his stories. With Drew not knowing he was being recorded, you get exactly what a crowd will get from him during his shows. Honesty. Sincerity. Great music.You can see exactly what makes him a true artist as he effortlessly paints vivid pictures and tells his stories with his music. His connection to that crowd on that night was genuine and not for the sake of a good live record.

So there you have it. Drew didn't reinvent the wheel here. A live album should give you a sense of what being at that show was like. On Sad Songs Happily Played there is a man, a guitar and some songs. It may be simple, but it is the perfect representation of Drew and his music. Look for the album on Sept 9th.



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Aug 20, 2014

NEW ALBUM AND 5 QUICK QUESTIONS WITH THE WASHERS

To quote the band bio "The Washers' sound isn't forthrightly rock and roll, country, folk, or any other discerning genre you want to place it directly in….it bounces from each to the next, floats somewhere between, and fits easiest in the ever-changing boundaries of music called Americana". No way I could have said it better.

I took notice of the band with the release of their second album Tired Eyes in 2012. That album was full of catchy tunes and great harmonies woven throughout well written songs that went to prove these guys know what works for them. With  their upcoming release Everything at Once The Washers have only shown that they have gotten better with time and continue fine tune their sound.

Everything at Once runs through the usual song subject matter of love, love lost, small hometowns and big dreams. The band's sharing of lead vocal duties though helps to keep the album fresh and keeps the listeners ear. No matter who is in charge of lead vocals the band never skips a beat and it is a seamless transition that adds great variety and manages to change the album's tone and mood to match each song as the album runs it's course.

The song "Pennies" below will be the first single off of the album that is due out 9-2-2014. This is just a small sample of what is in store on this album, so make sure you pick it up on release day.




The Washers are: Todd Janik (guitar/vocals), Matt Kopycinski (bass/vocals), Justin Wade Wilcox (guitar/banjo/steel guitar/vocals) and Mike Faltysek (drums)

Todd took time last week to sit down and answer our RDBC 5 Quick Questions.

1. Pirates or ninjas? Why?

TODD: It’s a pirate’s life for me, dude. My grandmother made me a pirate costume for Halloween when I was a kid and my mom swears I didn't take it off for like 2 years.

2.What is the stupidest thing that you have done in front of a crowd?

TODD: I’ve forgotten the lyrics to my own songs on several occasion, I guess that’s pretty stupid. And I’m definitely not pro enough to pull it off…I just end up humming along or filling in spots with words like “cheeseburger”.

3.If you were in a witness protection program, what would be your alias?

TODD: James Hetfield. Yes, I like Metallica.

4.If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

TODD: Jack Black— preeeeeetty sure we would be best friends.

5. Most guilty pleasure song in your collection.

TODD: You’re gonna kill me on this one…Florida Georgia Line- Round Here. A very guilty pleasure indeed, but so damn catchy!



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Aug 7, 2014

THAT'S THE SH!T THURSDAY- MIKE RYAN - BAD REPUTATION

Every now and then something gets sent my way that not only surprises me by how good it is but also surprises me by how fast I can tell I like it. Today was one of those days.

The new album from Mike Ryan hit my inbox today and I have given it a listen a couple times through. I won't go into a ton of "this is the best part" or "this song was yada yada" type stuff. I don't need to. Anything I say to build up this album is unnecessary. Simply put, it is one solid effort from beginning to end.

One thing kept hitting me and that was how much it reminded me of my favorite 80's- 90's country tunes. A point reiterated in the press release that accompanied the album almost word for word. Well written and polished to a near perfect sheen, Ryan's Bad Reputation album should easily garner tons of well deserved attention as there isn't one song here that isn't a radio ready hit. Look for it when it hits stores and online sales outlets Aug 19th.

The first link here is the current single "Dancing All Around It"




This video here is an acoustic version of my favorite track "Easy"




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