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My SouthSide Drive review posts to Elmore magazine

29 Mar

Elmore Magazine | SouthSide DriveSouthSide Drive’s Randy Bowling and Gwen Hana take listeners to church with their self-titled original CD, A New Sound in Country Gospel Music. The album’s first track, a rhythm and blues song with soul influences, “Your Love Rescued Me,” features Hana’s solo raw vocals backed up by Bowling’s ’70s stylistic guitar leads. The duo performs best when harmonizing on the ballad “Broken Windows,” a type of storytelling somewhat reminiscent of Reba McEntire’s signature style. “Let There Be Light,” like so many similar titles recorded by both other secular and non-secular musicians alike, preaches to an invisible choir. Often-repeated verses intend to strum the heartstrings by employing all of the hallmark techniques of a Christian tent revival. Only “Walkin’ Louisiana,” deviates from the album’s faithful theme as band members meander rhythmically. Meanwhile, Hana stretches her vocal legs a bit, but she fails to deliver the track from its monotonous lyrics. The Myrtle Beach, SC band needs a saving musically, and Bowling’s lead vocals on “Cryin’ Kind,”  require a prayer.

Please see my review posted on Elmore magazine’s website by following this link:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/03/reviews/albums/southside-drive

My Eagles concert review posted to Elmore

3 Jun

Elmore Magazine | The EaglesFive of the original Eagles took musicianship to the limits at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Before a sold-out crowd, they performed hits from 12 albums and a career that spans four-plus decades. For over three hours (and two encores) Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh mesmerized their audience with nostalgic stories and songs synchronized to stunning videos of Southwest landscapes.

Selections from favorite albums, Desperado, Hotel California, and One of These Nights captivated Baby Boomers and Millennials alike, and introduced a new generation to the cross-genres from progressive country to rock. The six-time Grammy winners began their first set with early Eagles’ acoustic songs like “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Tequila Sunrise” sitting on stage. After an intermission, band members stood and rocked the crowd to its feet. A boyish Walsh upstaged the show by inviting audience participation on “Life’s Been Good” and using a talk box to perform “Rocky Mountain Way.” With “Take It to the Limit,” Frey provided a moving tribute to guitarist Randy Meisner, absent from the two-year “History of the Eagles Tour” due to health issues. The final encore song, “Desperado,” closed the show on a magical note, with ethereal harmonies that will forever echo in the canyons of the mind.

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Also please see my review on Elmore magazine’s website at: http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/06/reviews/shows/the-eagles

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