Artist Review: Not From Georgia

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Western Alt/Rockers Not From Georgia, led by pioneer musician Steve Westfall, have put together a very effective, catchy, and melodic album with a strong showcase of diligent songwriting and strong musicianship with their current release Willie’s Gone.

This is a very eclectic record that has a great mastered final mix that successfully brings out the best of Westfall and his band of professional musicians that bring this album all the elements needed to make Willie’s Gone a very brilliant finished product of its kind.

Songs like “Highway 84” and “Honey” are great opening tracks that introduce us to a very well-polished album with dynamic use of guitar melodies, great vocal-range, and diligence in songwriting structures. The verses have great string-fillers and has a great rhythm section that cruises along as the powerful chorus approaches. These songs are up lifters, movers, and shakers.

And with a track like “Some Days”, there’s a much more delicate and soothing foundation. The slide guitars are beautifully crafted along with the fore grounded vocal melodies that makes this song a very ambient and serene listen. It has brilliant acoustic guitar textures, solidification among the players, and a togetherness that sets apart Not From Georgia from your average Alt/Rock band with Western sensibilities.

This band has a great history, a great catalogue of music, and will definitely be appreciated among those who appreciate their genre. In fact, Not From Georgia will most likely be added to your list of current favorites. We can promise that.


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Artist Review: Richard Lynch

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

  

This Independent Country Hall of Famer needs no introduction; 3 decades of time-in-the-biz & performing, an impressive catalogue of CD/LP releases, relentless touring & traveling, and an endless amount of chart-topping hits and accomplishments throughout his unstoppable momentum as an Artist.

His song “A Better Place” is a very beautiful, soul-soothing ballad that demonstrates raw emotion and brings the spirit of the song through a very catchy, and appropriately simple progression that is beautifully complimented by the ascending and descending usage of steel guitars during the verses; allowing this song to deliver a very powerful and goosebumps-worthy chorus–the way choruses are supposed to be in any ballad. This song delivers exactly that, and will definitely play every orchestrated measure with your heartstrings.

Then we charismatically lift things up with the upbeat “All by my Lonesome”. A very fun-loving song with diligently placed layers of 3-part harmonies and a great rhythmic cruise throughout the track’s good fun and well-written structures. This shows a different side to Richard Lynch. His moods in each track show a different side not his overall persona as a songwriter, and with 30-years under his belt of honing his craft, you can clearly hear him shine throughout every song written that never fails at capturing your attention; body and soul. 

The spirit of Richard Lynch is that which is attached to the working man’s soul. It’s real and it’s timeless. It’s Country, the way Country was meant to be. If Country Music is a gift that sustains in your life wherever you go, Richard Lynch is the messenger.

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Artist Review: Rosewood Creek

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

  

Acoustic, Electric, Eclectic, and a group of good folks from St. Petersburg, Florida bringing you some good Folk into your playlist! This wholesome unit known as Rosewood Creek is definitely a well orchestrated one and showcases every member’s talent with their many different moods among the Americana, Folk, and Western recipes for the Soul. 

Their 12-track LP American Sojourn brings just about something for everyone. Many tales, twists and turns, this album explores a very roots-oriented sound with a very traditional vibe to it. It’s a collection of songs where you definitely won’t hear the same sound twice, but you can still hear the garnished signatures to every song along with very charismatic multi-layered harmonies that are very authentic and well-written.

Their song “Latest Regret” has a very seductive introduction with a great blend of dueling clean guitars tackling a very catchy riff as the female vocalist transitions into her first verse smoothly, and very dynamically determined to capture your attention. It’s a slow and subtle buildup that sways diligently into something you can’t help but fall into. It has a very mastered craft and showcases a very atmospheric aura among the band members holding this song perfectly in place. It’s just awesome.

Then we can step up the energy a bit with “My People”. An anti-war anthem with the male vocalist carrying the torch. It starts powerfully, and cruises through each measure with a captivating vibe to its message and wholesome sound. This song definitely explores the different elements you hear throughout this LP and leaves you with plenty of breathing room to take in each song for what it really portrays. 

And that’s what makes this album such a great listen–you hear many elements and moods throughout each track. You won’t hear the same thing twice. American Sojourn is a journey being led by 5 very well-polished musicians that write and showcase their music from their hearts and souls as one. And with each member showcasing their craft on this album, you can easily relate to them and enjoy every track of this journey, and the stories and inspirations that are carried with it.



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