John “JR” Roberson of BIG Foot Music and Outdoors

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with John “JR” Roberson of BIG Foot Music and Outdoor about the services his company has to offer those in the music industry.  We covered a lot of topics concerning the insider workings of the music industry and what is on the horizon for John “JR” Roberson.

Now most of you know JR as a local Armuchee boy that moved to Nashville to live out the dream of a song writer, manager, developer, and consultant.  The story of how JR went from local football stand out to a music man is very interesting.

JR  is a 1997 graduate from Armuchee High School located just a little north of downtown Rome, GA.   Life throws a few curve balls and the straight path from point A to B to C and further, isn’t exactly the path you had planned.  JR had plans to play high school and college football, as well as going into coaching.  His back up plan was to go into engineering, which he had a great deal of success as an intern in high school.  His career path had to take an unexpected turn once his father was diagnosed with cancer.  JR continued working while putting his dreams on hold to help his family.

After graduation, JR was able to get into fiber optics by designing for telecommunications. He was making a nice salary and providing a nice life in that industry until 2013.  In 2012 he began dabbling in the world of music management finding that was where his passion truly was in the industry.  JR was an aspiring singer/songwriter as early as 2003.  His love of music started as a songwriter but JR saw that he had the ability, passion, and drive to manage and develop acts.  Of course, as any loving father will tell you, the duty of being a father called him away for awhile until he felt that he had the resources and network to go into it full-time.  His first artist that he managed was Preston Summerville in 2012.

Once again JR finds himself taking another leap of faith and moves out to Nashville and take up music full-time in November 2013.  He started his company Bigfoot Music and Outdoor off of his unemployment.  At that time he was managing Season 5 Nashville Star Runner up, Zac Hacker.  He has consulted fairs, record industries, and other management agencies.

Now in 2016 Bigfoot Music and Outdoors has merged with Banner Music in Nashville on Music Row.   They represent artists from all over the country. Trust me when I say, JR will be working with some legendary performers, platinum selling artists, as well as many up coming artists.  You will be truly impressed at the list he will be working with.

The aspiring songwriter in JR will also keep the drive for him to continue with showcases.  He wants to give people the tools needed to make it in the industry. The showcases are set up so the artist can consult with them about ways to improve, work that can be done, etc.  JR feels he excels by showing artists that they may have the deals, managers, you still have to get out and hustle.  Fans are the most important thing the artist needs and JR tries to consult the artists on making sure they are doing everything possible to draw fans.  JR also tries to show the “Georgia Effect” on the industry.  Georgia is taking over the country music and that building relationships with these established artists is important.

JR has the right to brag that his group of performers is packed with potential new artists that can break into the scene at any time.  Organic approach is the way JR likes to have an artist grow.  With the Organic approach, you are creating a product, growing a fan base, with pure and honest lyrics, sung with no help from the studio.  Chris Stapleton is a great example of what a pure, Organic, system to grow the craft.

JR knows the fans are going to be appreciative with the approach of hard work to produce quality music from the artist.

Big Foot Music and Outdoors will live their name well this year as “Come big or Go home”.  JR feels that he is finally in the position to leave his imprint on Nashville.  JR always refers to coming home, doing shows, as a great homecoming.  “It is a good feeling to come home and be able to entertain the folks I grew up with.” JR told me.  JR also told me that Rome is becoming a hotbed of music.

JR is always looking for ways to improve the music industry and I know that he is the one to help cultivate and produce great singers with the potential to have longevity in the business.

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Lyrical Lists- “Head On” Video Review

So my two favorite music acts team up to produce one of the hottest videos I have seen in a long time.  The song co-written by Kirstie Lovelady and James Ford, from Them Dirty Roses, is proof once again, these musicians, are doing things on their own terms, in their own way.  Two unknown singers, team up to release a hot new video… “No one does that!” A female, trying to break into country music shoots a video in a boxing ring because that is how she sees the video…. “No one does that!”  Well whoever “no one” is has never met Kirstie Lovelady and Them Dirty Roses.  Just as the song’s message is about doing things, your way, not the way everyone else does it, this video follows that message.

When I talked to Kirstie yesterday, I told her “No one has done it this way, because they have been waiting on YOU to do it”.  This video was shot at GetFit615 and Music City Boxing and the locations could not tell the story any better than Kirstie and James do in the song writing.  The guys were lucky to have the video directed by Preston Leatherman who took the vision and brought it to life.

I cannot say enough good things about the first cut “Head On” from Kirstie Lovelady’s new EP “Weeds”.  The video is a clear portrayal of the fight to be your own artist, in your own way, in your own time, and feeling that strong about being you and not someone who the industry expects.

I hope that CMT and GAC will pick the video up and give their viewers the opportunity to see what a total badass, rocking lady looks like and how awesome Them Dirty Roses are and the void they will in fill in music today.

Give it a listen, call your radio stations, and music channels and let’s get this some airplay.  I love they did this their way.

Lyrical Lists – Imprint

Sometimes I am lucky to see a band perform live and ask them for an interview, other times I am trolling the internet to see what acts are promoting themselves on the music pages.  The next band I am presenting to you guys is one that I found one late night of trolling.  Imprint is full on, in your face rock and roll.  These guys brought out the inner-metal head in me.  I listened to 3 songs and sent an email to the band.  I had to know more about them and hopefully share them with my readers.  Well lucky for you and me, these guys were happy to talk to me about the band, their music, and the future of Imprint.

Imprint is from Alcoa, TN and have been together since the Spring of 2003.  The band is made up of Lones Lynn with killer lead vocals, Heath Devine shredding the electric guitar, Allen Burnete killing it on bass, Doug Jones smashing it up on drums, and Chris Gaumond adding more spicy flare to electric guitar.  The band is comprised of guys that were playing in other bands and were all looking for that “special sound” they were not getting in other bands.  Once the band members found each other, the sound and their ideas just meshed well.  The band told me that they had a song written within the first hour that they were together.  After that, the band was able to push out a song a week for the first month and half.  They were able to add Chris into the current line-up of the band.  They told me that “Chris filled a hole” and added the flare.  Allen, on bass, is the newest member of the band and at the time of our interview was getting ready to play his first live show with Imprint.

Imprint plays all originals at their shows and the crowds are growing.  “Of course, you always want more”, the band told me.  Imprint really enjoys the crowd and their response while they are on stage playing.  They are seeing 100% crowd participation and they are “Digging It”.  They have shows coming up outside of the Knoxville area to show that they are not just your average Knoxville band.

I asked Imprint if they are seeing a need or a missing hole for the rock sound.  They told me that they “want to be true to themselves”.  “Rock and Roll is about putting your heart and soul into a song.”   Imprint doesn’t want to be the band that is “doing what everyone else is doing”.  The influences of the band are all over the map including Iron Maiden, Dio, Dokken, The Ramones, and several punk rock bands.  That is what Imprint feels makes their sound so unique to the band.  Doug told me that he plays the drums like he hates them but knows that you don’t always have to play a 100 beats a minute to provide a quality sound.  They are providing the listeners an option and it is an option that I am glad to have!

One thing that impressed me about the band the most is that as you get into the heavier metal type of music, you get a distorted sound and the lyrics are very hard to understand.  Imprint has clear and concise lyrics that are easy to hear and understand.  I was able to start singing along to the songs after a few days.  The band told me that was exactly what they like to hear.  They said, “We look forward to the day when they hear the crowds over their vocals”.  It has happened once in a different band and they said it makes you play harder and it is the biggest rush ever.  They attribute that to the punk influences like The Ramones.

I love that they are not a musician’s band.  They define themselves finding a riff and just going off on that.  They don’t need to play 1 million beats a minute to be “in your face Rock and Roll”.  That lead into a conversation about the song writing process.  “Every song has a story and it is my job to that story to life”, Lones told me.  The song writing is truly collaborative.  One member may have a beat or a guitar riff down and lyrics come around that or lyrics come in and the music shapes around the lyrics.  Some songs come together really quickly and “you are not sure where that came from”.

Imprint is in the process of getting their EP together and have 9-10 songs that are ready for CD.  When you are listening to the music on ReverbNation, you will now hear more flavor with Chris’ guitar and are even more full.  Of course I had to ask about my favorite song, “A Prayer For the Hopeless”.  The song means different things to different people but was originally written to show that change starts from within and to change the world you have to look at yourself.  Imprint jokingly told me that it was their “Man in the Mirror”.  I would also like to mention that “Lucy’s Song” and “Monsters Like Us” are on heavy rotation on my playlist but there isn’t a band song that I can find.  Be sure to check the ReverbNation link to hear and appreciate Imprint.

Coming up for the year the band wants to get release a new CD, new merchandise, and more shows.  Imprint is looking to grow as a band and not just be known as your “local band”.  Taking steps to being in front of as many people as possible is the focus for the Imprint and I am hoping that is a reality that happens soon.  They have a great charity show coming up soon.  If you are interested in seeing them in Knoxville, you can attend Hydrocephalus Awareness Rock Concert (HARC 2015),Saturday, May 16 at 8:00pm,Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The band will also be in Ashville, NC in June.  You can get a full schedule on the ReverbNation link I have listed below.  Maybe, just maybe, we can get these guys here in my hometown in Georgia.

Imprint on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imprintTN?fref=ts

Imprint on ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/imprint7

Lyrical Lists- Them Dirty Roses

What can I say about this next band? I heard them on the Pepsi On The Rise tour as it made its final stop in Rome, Ga.  Their sound was a complete throwback to my preteen and teenage years, yet it was fresh and new.  The band I am talking about is a 4 member band from Gadsden, AL called Them Dirty Roses.  The guys have been friends for most their lives, went to high school together, and now all live together in Nashville, TN.  Them Dirty Roses are made up of 4 colorful, wonderful, and southern charming guys: Ben Crain, James Ford, Frank Ford, and Andrew Davis.  They have been together only a year and half and have one of the bests sounds that I have heard in a very long time.  They have a sound, showmanship, and electrifying stage show well beyond the time the band has been together.  I can honestly say that this band has whatever “it” is.  Every time I play their EP to someone, they automatically want to know who they are and where can they find more music.

Them Dirty Roses has a strong Southern Rock sound that has been lacking in the music industry since the late 1970’s.  Their influences range from The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Black Crowes, Grand Funk Railroad, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, and many others.  Though they have a sound influenced by many but you really can’t compare them to anyone but Them Dirty Roses.  Their stage show is engaging, in your face, and non-stop energy from start to finish.  I cannot praise this band enough.  They are one of the most talented bands that I have come across.  If you ask Them Dirty Roses how they would classify their music they would say “southern roots rock and roll”.  They are trying paint a picture with their music and take you back to a “time when music was important”.  One of the coolest things they told me about their goals with their sound was to take you back to when music was “a movement”. “Music was Facebook, Twitter, and text messages.”  They just want to make music that tells a story and go back to the roots of music from decades ago.

When going through the song writing process, the range is all over the place.  It comes from someone humming a tune, a chord or musical progressions, anything.  The song writing comes from having something to say and telling story.  The intent when making their first EP was making something that you just want to put in the CD player and let it play.  They are all about the old school way of promotion of hanging the flyers, word of mouth, calling venues, and letting the hype of the band grow organically.   They told me that social media is a great avenue to promote the band, but there is nothing better than to “have someone in your face, telling you what you missed by not being at the show”.  Word of mouth is the best way to grow your band.

We talked at length about bands not playing Southern Rock anymore.  They are seeing some small pockets of radio play but they feel that there is a great need and they are filling that hole.  YouTube has been a great way for bands these days, but playing shows non-stop is still the best way to grow the fan base and that radio will catch up.

They have seen a great increase in the band’s name since being on the Pepsi On The Rise Tour.  They feel that the tour has been a great learning experience.  They are able to do music fulltime.  Them Dirty Roses will be joining many other bands at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and will be opening for Miranda Lambert.  I am in hopes that the readers of Lyrical Lists by Layla will also help get the name, Them Dirty Roses out there as well.  We know that Southern Rock is not dead and these guys are bringing that sound back.  I love that they are unapologetic of being “in your face.

The best way I can describe the live show is a full set of balls to the wall music, with hair slinging, crowd interaction, and unbridled fun.  They truly have a good time and are high energy.  Their goal is to make people to forget everything but the music for the length of their set and “dance like no one is watching”  Them Dirty Roses will continue to play their music and know that eventually radio will catch up.  They will always be true to their sound and the fans will show up.  Them Dirty Roses and I agree that there is a huge need for their music and have plugged into the hole that is missing.  Southern Rock is a staple of music that appeals to the working class that want to rock out after a long week a work.  It is a distinctive sound and Them Dirty Roses are true, new ambassadors to the sound.  Them Dirty Roses are writing, recording, and performing music that are the type of songs that will stand the test of time and not just be a splash in pan.  I told the band that I can hear, in their sound, that this will be the music that we are singing in 2015 and will be singing in 2045.

So we can expect Them Dirty Roses to be here a while and leave their mark.  They are wanting to bring the soul back to music and make good music.  If Rock and Roll is trying to roll over, Them Dirty Roses is here to bring the fun vibe, roll your window down, and jam out rock back.  Them Dirty Roses refuse to let Rock and Roll lay down and fade away.  The guys are going to be constantly touring, recording new music, and continue bringing Southern Rock to a town near you.  I have linked a couple of my favorite songs, ways to find out more information on the band, and their social media.  Like I said, these guys are one of my favorites that I have ever interviewed and one that is a daily play in my song list.  You can purchase Them Dirty Roses’ EP on I Tunes now.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themdirtyroses?fref=ts

Website: http://themdirtyroses.com/

You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kA31jdEgsq7bN3ukqvg5w

“Shake It”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kA31jdEgsq7bN3ukqvg5w

“Cocaine and Whiskey” Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3fO4IfgfmI

Lyrical Lists – Kirstie Lovelady

What do you get when you combine Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler? Did I mention it is packaged in a 5’2 dynamite ready to explode on stage? You get Kirstie Lovelady.  This 24-year-old, ass kicking, in your face, rocking country singer from Nashville, Tennessee is blazing a trail all HER own.  I capitalized the word HER because this is only my second blog about a female singer and wow did I find a good one.  I recently met Kirstie at the Pepsi On The Rise Tour as it made its final stop in Rome, GA this past weekend.  I didn’t know of Kirstie until that night, but I will admit that she left an impression on me that was more than a breath of fresh air.  In a genre of music that has been coming under attack for not being “country” enough (whatever that means) and dominated by men, I find this wonderful young woman, doing her thing and hanging with the boys just fine. Kirstie Lovelady and I share something in common, people can’t seem to pronounce our names correctly.  I will help her by sharing that it is K-IR-stie, She will answer to variations but remember that you are pronouncing the “I” before the “R”.  Also, Lovelady is her real last name.  After the time I spent with her Saturday, a few text exchanges, and talking with her yesterday, I don’t think she knows how to be anything but 100% real!

Kirstie was born into a family that lived originally in Louisiana, but moved to Nashville when she was in 1st grade.  Her father is in the music industry and Kirstie told me she decided that she wanted to be a singer since she was a kid.   Kirstie’s dad, Rendy Lovelady, is in the music industry and she jokes about going to “bring your kids to work day” and knew that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  Kirstie’s parents were supportive of her decision to make music her career.  When she told them, they only gave her a couple pieces of advice. Kirstie’s parents told her, “That’s great! You can be a performer when you graduate college.”  Rendy also told Kirstie that she needed to write her own songs.  Kirstie finished Belmont College in Nashville with a business degree in 3 1/2 years and started her career immediately.  I asked her did she play a lot of gigs when she was in college, and she told me that she played shows, interned at a publishing house, got familiar with the business side of the business, and wrote songs.  She started assembling her band and has not looked back.

Kirstie is a dominating force on the stage.  She is captivates the audience and makes you not want to turn your head away from the performance.  She is rocking the crowd and letting them know that is one girl who is ready to play and even out perform the boys.  I asked Kirstie what it is like being a female in the country music scene that has been dominated recently by males.  Kirstie does find that it is hard to break into the industry as a female.  She said that she “isn’t Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. They have a place in music.”  Kirstie feels that if she follows her heart”, plays her “rocking country”, and prays, her music will be accepted and be loved.  Kirstie says she can only be true to who she is and she thinks the fan base will continue to grow.  Kirstie wants to leave her mark on the music world by writing good songs, with real lyrics, and entertaining the audience.  She has a voice that draws you in from the first word.  Kirstie Lovelady will be built upon live performances and writing good songs.  If radio comes along, that is great.  Kirstie told me “I am not going to write a song because radio says it has to be played this way.  She loves to take the stereotypes that come along with being a female, especially in the country world, and prove everyone wrong.  She feels that her country rock sound is something that no one is doing right now.  It makes her set apart.

I love to know who influences a person, so I asked Kirstie about her influences.  Kirstie will quickly tell you that her biggest influences are Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler.  She grew up listening to Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks.  More recent artists that she is inspired by include Eric Church.  You can see all of these influences in her music but there is also something very organic about what she is doing.

I talked to Kirstie about her song writing style.  She said writing a song is so personal.  She also added “it could be about a boy, being pissed off, song writing is my place to vent.”  Her songs come about while she trying to figure something out be it a boy, life, family, etc.  Sometimes she can be driving down the road and start recording it into the phone.  “I think that is what is so beautiful about song writing, there is no right or wrong way to do it.”

I asked Kirstie that since she has been on the Pepsi tour, has she noticed more people knowing her or has she seen an increase in her followings on social media and crowds coming to see just her.  She told me a couple of really cute stories about the tour.  She said she was talking to a couple at the show in Rome and they told her that they drove 6 hours to see her because this was as close as Kirstie gets to them.  She also talked about being in the restroom at a show in West Virginia.  She heard two girls at the mirror, putting their makeup on, and talking.  Kirstie heard one of them say, “I hear this tour is good.” The other said “have you heard of this girl before?  I heard this girl on the tour is really awesome.”  Kirstie said that she wanted to go up to them and say, “That’s ME!”

Kirstie is making plans for the rest of the year.  She is going to be in the studio and start working on some new music.  Then she is doing a summer tour with Beau James.  Then she has Gulf Coast Jam where she will be opening for Keith Urban in Panama City Beach, FL.  Gulf Coast Jam is September 4-6, 2015 and will feature many artists over the 3 days of the festival.   Then she will get started with the fall tour schedule with Them Dirty Roses.  She will also be working on recording and shooting a video for “Bad for You”, which is a duet featuring James Ford from Them Dirty Roses. and recording it in the studio.  She isn’t going to take a lot of time off.  She wants to stay out and playing show. because she just wants to be on the stage.

Now that the article is coming to an end, I want you go to I Tunes, search Kirstie Lovelady, and buy her EP.  This is one rocking country chick that is going to be a force in the music industry for a long time.  I don’t think Kirstie will just have her foot in the door because I see her kicking the door off the hinges.  I love this girl and I know you will too.  I have a few links below to Kirstie’s social media, website, and links to a few songs.

http://www.gulfcoastjam.com/

http://www.kirstielovelady.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cry-wolf-ep/id907036676

https://www.facebook.com/KirstieLoveladyMusic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3mnK8Odzgw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X61WcRwEGJQ

Lyrical Lists-Brewhouse Music and Grill

If you are looking for a place to grab a great meal, catch the latest sporting event, and see a great concert, I have the place for you to visit! Brewhouse Music and Grill is located at 325 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Rome, GA and offers a full menu of delicious food for lunch and dinner.  After dinner hours you have the options of seeing a fantastic band or dancing the night away.

Owner Jay Shell is a good friend of mine and has been a tremendous asset to Downtown Rome as well as the entire community.  Jay started his business adventures in Rome by opening a restaurant a few years back called 333 on Broad.  The idea of opening was 333 on Broad was to have a business so that he could continue performing with his band KneckDown.  Shortly after opening 333 on Broad, Jay and his wife Melissa found out that they were expanding their family from one beautiful daughter, Madalyn, to another awesome son, Jackson.  Jay had to evaluate his love of family and providing stability to their growing family. Jay was able to grow 333 on Broad as a must visit restaurant in Rome with a small venue upstairs for the night scene.

333 on Broad quickly outgrew their space and with a building, that has been almost every form of short-lived night venue, just a few doors down, was transformed into one of the hottest places in Northwest Georgia.  Once The Brewhouse Music Grill made it mark on the area, 333 on Broad was merged in with The Brewhouse Music and Grill.  Jay’s goal was to provide great, affordable food with a place to catch the sporting events of the day, and provide hot music acts.  He has achieved that goal and then some.

I asked Jay about his ability to bring acts that were on the verge of breaking big and his answer was shocking, “I wish I could I say that I was that smart, but it is mostly luck.”  If you have heard of acts like Florida/Georgia Line, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt,Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, The Chris Lane Band, Brett Eldridge, Jana Kramer to name just a very few, then you have heard of acts that have graced the stage of The Brewhouse Music and Grill.  The 500 person capacity venue has sold out numerous shows with what were then up and coming artists, but are now some of the hottest acts in the country.  The Brewhouse doesn’t stop at just having upcoming artists or local musicians, they have also had some great acts that have been household names for years.  I have seen Emerson Hart (lead singer of Tonic), Confederate Railroad, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone,Ed Kowalczyk (former lead singer of Live), Drivin’ N Cryin’, Sister Hazel, Shawn Mullins, Jason Isbell, and the list could go on for pages.  Jay Shell has brought Rome, GA to forefront of the music scene.  Old Dominion was interviewed recently by Rolling Stone Magazine about where their favorite place to play and their answer was “Rome, GA”.

I asked Jay what type amenities does he offer the bands when they play The Brewhouse.  He told me he has a green room with washer and dryer so the band can do laundry, full cable television, and a place that the band can get off their tour bus and just chill out.  I also asked Jay if he thought The Brewhouse was providing an economic boost for Historic Downtown Rome outside of just his business and he answered, “Absolutely! We hear from the other restaurants downtown and nearby hotels that when we have big shows, they see an increase in their business and hotels are seeing more guests.”  To me, that is exactly part of the revitalization of Downtown Rome.

If you haven’t eaten at The Brewhouse Music and Grill, let me recommend any of the items on the menu.  I think they have the best hamburgers but you can also get a perfectly cooked steak, several salad options, sandwiches, pasta, and my personal favorite shrimp and grits, just to name a few of the items on the menu.  The Brewhouse is also available for private parties or large group gatherings.  I can’t brag enough at the phenomenal job that Jay Shell and his staff do for their customers.

I would be remiss if I didn’t add just a little paragraph about one of the hottest yearly events that Jay Shell has brought to Rome for several years ago, Rome River Jam.  Rome River Jam is a combination of local music acts with big name headliners in an all day musical festival format.  Some of the big names that have played on the Rome River Jam stage are Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Sammy Kershaw, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Craig Morgan, Ashley Monroe, and many more.  Rome River Jam is usually held in May but this year it will be moved to September due to the other music festivals in the area, but I promise you that this is one all day festival that you should not miss.  I tried to get a hint of who we can expect this year but Jay is still tight-lipped.

I can’t begin to thank Jay Shell enough for seeing a need for a great restaurant that provides a wonderful musical venue for our local musicians as well as well-known artists to come to Rome, GA and putting Rome, GA on the map for a must stop for musicians.  Please find the link to The Brewhouse Music and Grill’s website to keep up to date on who is coming to play and check out the awesome menu.  The Brewhouse Music and Grill is a must stop place in Rome. I have also included some YouTube videos of some acts playing the stage at The Brewhouse Music and Grill.

http://romebrewhouse.com/

Old Dominion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Apky3IXJg

Sam Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Apky3IXJg

Shawn Mullins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiy9z1O7RA

Florida/Georgia Line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uPMruwsH5s

Confederate Railroad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpGalZJHY6I

Jason Isbell:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvLGMGw5aek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xanDX8M-40

Lyrical Lists-Chasing December’s New CD

I am doing my first CD review on Chasing December’s new Self-Titled CD.  I always give every band that I review a 3 song rule.  If you cannot draw me in by 3 songs, we probably are a good fit.  I have to say that there are more than 3 songs on this CD that drew me in.  I also like a CD of any genre to be one that I can play from start to finish, as well as finding myself singing the lyrics.  This one met that criteria as well.  I am actually crazy about 4-5 songs on the 8 song CD.  If you are looking to fill the void of good alternative rock, this is a CD you should check out.  I can hear influences of Candlebox, Live, maybe a sprinkling of Goo Goo Dolls and Smashing Pumpkins throughout the CD.

On the track “New Orleans” you can hear possible influences of Dave Matthews and Blues Travelers.  “New Orleans” is a great song, cleverly written to give you the feeling of being in New Orleans.  The lyrics, “When I woke up I was kind of in a daze, from all the people dancing around on this hot summer day.” sums up any visit to New Orleans.

Track 3, “Lead The Way” is another great song on this CD.  “I share the union of last confusion” is a lyric that stood out to me this track.  It again is another well written song with great music that you find yourself wanted to hit repeat on.

Now I am going to highlight my 2 favorite songs on the entire CD.  I was listening to the CD and singing along, but when these 2 songs came on, they caught my attention the most.  I am not taking away from the rest of the CD, but Tracks 6 and 8 are the ones I find myself singing around the house the most.  I will admit that I have played these 2 a little more than I have the rest of the CDs but these are 2 great songs that should have air play today.  In a world that is searching for “where is the good alternative rock songs”, I have found some for you.

Track 6 is titled “Left Your Heart at the Door”.  This is your slower song on the CD.  It grabs you in with the first line.  “You left your heart at the door, as it was you gave me no more.” It then continues with “”Now I’ve found that hole in your chest, and this love was laid to rest.”  My ears perked up and I immediately sent the band a text to tell them how much I loved that song.  It is so well written and the music fits so well.  I have to say that it filled a gap in the music I have been missing.

The last track of the song, “Little Things”, is the most personal song on this CD in my opinion.  It has such great lyrics that I feel anyone could relate to at any time.  “I’ve got a story to tell, about my personal hell” sets the tone of the song.  By the time you hit the chorus, you will be nodding your head in understanding.  I personally love the lines ” Cause it’s the little things, that keep me coming around” and “I don’t say what I think, I’d rather sing it out loud”.

Now this is just my humble opinion and interpretation of the songs I have listened heard from Chasing December.  I guess I should have a clever rating system, so I will give this CD 4 out of 5 bars of music.  I think that if you are a fan of alternative rock and you are looking for a missing sound that you aren’t finding on mainstream radio, you will enjoy this CD.  I look forward to more music from Chasing December. Well done guys!