October Music Reviews

Mike Baron
The New SCENE

The New SCENE Magazine is proud to announce our new section with local music reviews. Send us your CD or USB drive and we’ll take a listen. We may include the review in our next edition. Don’t forget to include information about your band.
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ANDY ARD: Like That

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ANDY ARD.

Andy Ard makes roadhouse rock with a touch of honkytonk, sharing DNA with Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams. Toe tapper “Here Comes Another Good Time” features Eric Moon’s barrel house piano, while “Trouble” sounds like the theme to an imaginary Western. “Come Over Here” is a distillation of Southern Rock tropes with one foot in Lynyrd Skynyrd and the other in ‘38 Special. Pretty sure these guys kill it live.

More info: https://andyard.com/

HARMONY AND BRAD

PHOTO COURTESY HARMONY AND BRAD.

If you think of Lucia Micarelli’s Annie from the HBO drama Treme, you are not far off. Harmony Jones plays violin and sings, Brad Jones plays guitar. “That’s What Love Can Do” is an urgent minor key love song, while the instrumental “Chasing Sunset” will have you looking for the nearest Irish pub. “Compassion,” with its lower register guitar strum and the refrain “oy, oy, oy,” dives into a sweet bridge. While Brad adds harmony on “The Will” and some other songs, I’d like to hear him step it up and take a greater vocal role.

More information: https://harmonyandbrad.com/

CASS CLAYTON BAND

PHOTO COURTESY CASS CLAYTON.

Sweet voiced country crooner has tensile steel in her voice from opening cut “Let’s Not Be Friends” with attenuated rhythm and a rich hook. All of these songs have hooks, except for the instrumental “Brother Interlude” in which guitarist Taylor Scott channels Al DiMeola. “Phase of the Moon” and “When It Coes To My Heart” have good hooks, the latter adding a minor chord which acts like a single drop of black paint in a bucket of white. That is—it makes the paint whiter. “Least A Brother Can Do,” with hot wire electric lead and a hint of gospel leads to a multicolored bridge that might have come from a Rascals song. Clayton reminds me of Clare Dane, another great Colorado singer currently residing in Nashville.”

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