Bongo Boy Records – ‘Homestead Volume One’

Kathryn Shipley offers up a heartfelt ode with the glorious “Shine Your Love”. Crystal clear lyricism leads the way forward as the song swings forth with a classic style. Full of optimism and appreciation the song’s gradual unfolding feels masterful.

“One Family Strong” shows off Hunter Sealy’s intimate approach. With only a guitar and a voice, the song possesses great power. Sung with passion the piece is one of simple pride in one’s origins.

Light and sunny is the majesty of “The Runaways” by Tammi T & Klyve with Keith Hines Production. Everything feels full of life, from the expressive emotive choir to the way that the song’s many layers of sound interact in such a rich full way. Drawing the listener in with a slight air of mystery, the song is a radiant reflective joy.

With a peppy toe-tapping rhythm and colorful reminiscing of an earlier time is Bobby Rue’s thoughtful “I Like The Days”. Throughout the piece the way that the song moves full throttle gives a sense of life. Over the course of the piece the song focuses on the ills that have sadly come to define the contemporary state of affairs.

Concise and confident is Gar Francis’ commanding “Step X Step”. His voice displays great wisdom as the song filters through a wide variety of people that help to shape a life. Rather clever, the song is a quiet celebration about the ups and downs that can define a person.

Nimble guitar work and delicate ornate poetry define Deborah Henriksson’s “Trains”. With a strong patient quality, the song’s buildup is ever so slight revealing a great attention to detail. Coming together in such a blissful way the piece has such a lush sound.

Great power pours out of JD Carroll’s earnest musings of “I Guess I’ll Never Know”. Right at the heart of the song is a thing of tragedy, of trying to make sense out of the world’s randomness. Deep embedded within the song is a feeling of disappointment of never fully knowing.

Nick Marr’s “Hold Over Me” taps into a Bob Dylan-like spirit. A keen sense of storytelling ties the song together. Quite thoughtful the song has a country twang to it, one that helps to give the sound a soulful style.

Paul Michael Tondreau’s “Keep The Fire Burning” offers a bluesy tale. Featuring a late-night approach, the song is one of quiet contemplation. Looking to the future, the song tries to search for a way forward.

Sprawling and ambitious is STEEL’s mysterious “Love Is”. A slight mysticism is employed over the course of the song as the cyclical nature of the song adds to its overall power. Rather gentle in nature the song feels alive.

Bobby Rue’s slide guitar is perfection on “Country Living”. A strong rhythm anchors the track as the piece possesses a physicality to its sound. Quite gorgeous, Bobby Rue’s highly articulate descriptive lyricism works wonders.

Sparse and highly introspective is the monologue of Greg Guba’s “Only Me”. Featuring intense self-questioning the song delves into an interesting series of intricate arrangements. Instrumentally precise the song is one of self-determination.

Nicely referencing a cool calm take on folk is the honeyed sound of Barley Station’s “Just Begun”. Referencing a Fleet Foxes sort of style, the richness of the arrangement plays upon the tremendous power stored with the sound. The way the song grows stronger and stronger gives it a true sense of being.

Dark and brooding is Michael Resin’s “Send Me To My Grave”. Neatly intermingling the new and the old, Michael Resin delivers a unique moving sound. Strangely addictive the song lingers in the mind long after it is over.

Bright and beautiful is the theatrical work of Lisa Coppola’s “Stuck To My Shoe”. A rollicking rhythm takes hold, further highlighting the despondency of not being able to remove the bad ones that can come into a life. Such a tidy groove takes hold as the piece’s story begins to become ever larger.

Ending things on a high note is Bobby Rue’s “Come Along Baby”. Passionately performed, the piece is one of true yearning and love. The band shows off their undeniable chops through carefully displayed small flourishes.

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