Song Review – Nick Cross “Azalea City” from the album The Multiverse Waltz

I had picked up this song while looking through releases by Just Because Records out of Cleveland.  I was in a super-chill mood at the time and this track fit right into that groove.  Since then I have listened to other ones from this album and would definitely also recommend “Turn To Blue.”  If you listen to it…just wait out that hard stop in the middle…it turns out just fine in the end:) 

Anyway, back to Azalea City…so this kicks right into groovy from the first hard clicks of the minimalist drum beat and the vox’ed up guitar.  The melody line keeps you tapping your foot and Nick’s voice has a bit of a softened up raspiness to it, kind of lulling you into calmness.  This is a solid, mellow tune which is easy to listen along with but also has a few deeper intrigues if you take the time to find them.  

I believe I read on the Just Because FB site that Nick played all instruments on this record so many props for those talents! 

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

As always please remember to support your local folks doing all the good things ….community is powerful 🙂 

Song Review – Jordan Carr & The Boys “Rail Vodka” from the album Rail Vodka

I just felt the need to start out the year 2023 with a shout-out to one of my very favorite Minnesota musical groups.  I know that this one goes back a long ways but hey, you still really need to check it out.  Whether going solo or with his group The Boys, Jordan Carr can sing some very meaningful songs.  

This particular track has its very obvious meaning whether you know the whole story behind it or not.  You can check out the video on Youtube to get some context if you have the time.  The lyrics are stark enough and woven well into what starts out as a simple guitar moment.  It is well developed as time moves along into a much deeper song, cutting into a punchy rhythm section and several soaring guitar moments from Jordan Riggs.  

And a lyric like “I miss you in a way that makes me talk to the sky…” well, is just damn good.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

Hey, it is a New Year…and you still should support all of your local talent and businesses – community is powerful!