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The Train Keeps Rolling

“It’s Americana-ish!” is how Andy Hawk describes his latest studio effort with the Train Wreck Endings and if you’ve heard any of their previous work you’d find it hard to put them into one specific category or genre too.  This, my friends, is a talented group of musicians that effortlessly blends folk, blues and rock into their own special brand of truly American music.

In addition to a new set of original tunes, the soon to be released disc entitled Another Storyline also includes a rocking cover of New Order‘s “Temptation” that features a mandolin as a stand in for the synths….very nice. “Sunshine Street,” my favourite original track, starts with a punchy little bass line paired with the perfect drum cadence…add in some excellent vocal harmonies and, of course, more mandolin and you’ve got a cool little ditty.
Froglix greatly appreciates Andy and company for allowing us a “sneak peek” at Another Storyline and would be remiss if we didn’t do a little pimpin’on their behalf by promoting their upcoming CD release party.

  • When: Friday, November 11 @ 8pm
  • Where: Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.

Be sure to check out www.andyhawk.com for details, tickets, etc.

– Drago


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Everything is Better Fried

artist: Fried Goat | genre: americana, folk, rock | label: Outhouse Vinyl
Check ’em out on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/henry/id424883293?uo=4″ title=”Bon Appetit on iTunes”]

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Maybe Today    Bulgarian Rhapsody

Froglix welcomes Georgia’s Fried Goat to the broadcast with a few select cuts off their latest album. Bon Appetit is a feast of southern inspired flava that mixes healthy portions of americana, folk and southern rock with a dash of  blues and a pinch of country twang thrown in for good measure.  “Maybe Today” starts off a little Neil Young-esque…but only for a second, I promise.  As soon as the hook kicks in with “Maybe today the clouds will fade away” it’s accompanied by a subtle harmony that makes it all Fried Goat.  The jump to double time for the guitar solo was nice juxtaposition and really makes the wailing sound of the guitar stand out quite nicely.   “Misery is Optional” and “Henry” are notable tracks as well and further capture the essence of the band’s core sound.  However, the most interesting track was “Bulgarian Rhapsody.” This particular song is a complete departure from the rest of the album but as the “what were they thinking” moment passed,  I really came to appreciate this particular tune.  I have no idea what they lyrics are but they sound good and fit nicely with the edgy bulgarian folk thang these cats are throwing down.  The performance is solid and their crisp sound resonates with a warm sense of reality that is completely genuine.

If your ears have a hankering from some southern type comfort food this summer…get yourself some Fried Goat!

– Drago

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Southern Fried Monday

artist: King Cotton | genre: rock, americana | label: unsigned

King Cotton

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Up All Night :: Them That Believe :: Where the Hell I’ve Gone

There once was a time when southern style rock was all the rage. A time when bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd (the original version), Blackfoot, The Allman Brothers and the like roamed free across these here United States and if were I to say that I was not a fan of their music (and others of that particular ilk) back in the day I’d be flat out lying.  A good friend told me once that, deep down, I had little redneck in me and, after years of denial, I have finally accepted this as truth.  Perhaps that’s why I feel so at home in West “Where men are men…and the sheep are nervous” Virginia? By the way, DMitch has a little redneck in him too but I’m not sure he’s ready to come out of the closet quite yet.  That’s ok.  We’ll give him some time.  But I digress.  The point that I am attempting to convey here is that, while I have heard “Sweet Home Alabama” way too many times in my life, I have not lost my fond affinity for the “southern fried” genre.

Enter King Cotton.  The Boise band that originally formed in the early part of 2009 and, after a brief hiatus and few line up changes, now features Grant Camp (lead vocals, guitar), Jeff Logan (drums, backing vocals), Ray Logan (saxophone, keys, backing vocals), Curt Wardhaugh (guitar, backing vocals) and Adam Young (bass). Their particular brand of “sonic gumbo,” as they refer to it, is quite rich and showcases a variety copacetic sounds.  “Up All Night” brings a blend of both gritty and clean guitars, throws in some groovy organ in the background and a hook that is a mix between Tom Petty and Dylan (the younger, Wall Flowers version that is.) The bluesy verses of “Them That Believe” give way to a groovy pre-chorus that makes for an interesting combination for sure while the acoustic start to “Where the Hell I’ve Gone” reminded me of something that Clapton might have played on his now infamous unplugged album.  What I like most about this tune, however, happens at about the 1:54 mark when the mood does a complete 180 and thus begins the interplay of guitars and violins as the song rides out and fades way.  Brilliantly done.

I’m glad to see that a genre of music that I enjoyed so much during my “formative” years is still going strong.  Carry on King Cotton, carry on.

– Drago

 

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Jump Back :: The Week In Review

This week we broke out with The Chain Gang of 1974…and I just now got Thurdeen’s reference in the title. How sad is that?  I am sharp! Regardless, “Matter of Time” is a great tune and definitely worth a listen from their MySpace page.  DMitch pimped some of OT-musicboy’s new tuneage…and…uh…I have to agree, that cat plays some good music but that name…arg.  We then followed up with a video from San Antonio indie rockers Ledaswan which is just a prelude to a full review due out next week.  Finally, (3) tracks from HUB brought yours truly to the stunning realization that there are some good singer-songwriters out there!

Next week…more from Ledaswan, King Cotton and much more!  Until then…peace!

-Drago