Review by Lucky Boyd
The album’s title is a new word that may very well catch on, the idea being Americana music that is Austin in nature. As the band says, it’s “of or pertaining to music made or played that feels like Austin, Texas.” The influences are diverse, from rock to folk, from blues to country. David Allan, Gary DeVrees, George Macias, Mark Parrish, Mike Roberts, and Ron Ramelli are The Regulars and each cut is expertly performed and beautifully produced. Multiple members of the band pitch in on the writing duties and there are a couple of covers including one by J.J. Cale (also wrote “After Midnight” made popular by Eric Clapton). Solid performances and comfortable vocal work make this a great listen. The writing is well-done and there’s no shortage of clever or poignant lyrics. You’ll love the diversity of this album from sounds that are mindful of bands gone by to the blues feel of tunes like “Too Much Love.” There’s something for everyone here, from ballads to songs with a world pop feel. With so many influences to build on, you can’t go wrong. Fourteen cuts in all, “AUSTICANA” is a defining CD, not just for the band, but for “Austincanites” as well. Get it today.
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