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CD Review: The Morning Bird “Lonesome Leaving Sound”

The Morning Bird is a band that is still rather new when compared to other bands in their situation. The reason I say that is because very few bands come together and create as much original material in such a short amount of time as this band seems to have.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Jeremy Taylor, The Morning Bird is a band that combines Rock and Roll, Country, Folk and other genres of music together to create a style of Americana that centers on the softer side of Rock and Roll. Because of that musical blend, the band could easily be grouped together with acts such as Mumford & Sons, Wilco, as well as Jason Isbell. You could even place them alongside Johnny Cash. Along with singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Taylor, the rest of the band consists of: Daniel Rice, guitar and backing vocals; Mark Mazak, bass guitar and vocals; and David Shullenberger on drums.  

Jeremy Taylor and the rest of The Morning Bird have just created a five-song EP to give those who have yet to hear them a glimpse into their musical style. The band’s new EP is entitled Lonesome Leaving Sound.

Lonesome Leaving Sound from The Morning Bird begins with the track “Sober”. Right from the very first note, the Country/Rock blend of the band comes through with the twang from the lead guitar from Daniel Rice. The track features a slow, steady pace to the track and that seems to allow for Jeremy Taylor’s vocals to come through strong. The track features vocals about a person who’s trying to take control of their life…for the umpteenth time. The vocals feature a slightly sad, yet humorous approach as the story plays out. “Sober” ends up reaching over the five-minute mark, but that just comes from the fact that the album version of the track feels much like the track when played live in concert.

With the next track, the Country side to the band’s music that comes through is a little stronger than what was there on the previous track. The song entitled “Tomorrow” contains a musical mix that is still part Rock and Roll and part Country, but the Country influence wins out this time. What results is a slow, driving pace to the easy feeling of the music. The track’s lyrics are about heading out on one’s own in search of wide open spaces where you can stretch out and relax. The song takes the band’s music back in time to the seventies or thereabouts. “Tomorrow” from Morning Bird would have fit right in with Conway Twitty, Glenn Campbell, John Denver and would have been right at home among songs like “Falling In and Out of Love” from Pure Prairie League or “Take it Easy” from The Eagles.

The Morning Bird pick up the energy level on the next track called “Sweet Wine”. While the first two tracks on the EP feature a blend of music that contained a good deal of Country influence, the track of “Sweet Wine” finds Jeremy Taylor, Daniel Rice, Mark Mazak and David Shullenberger creating a track with a much stronger Rock and Roll influence. The Rock and Roll influence on the track is also accompanied by a good amount of Folk influence. The Folk influence on “Sweet Wine” keeps the feel of the song on the soft side. However, no matter how much Folk influence there is in the song, this track is easily the strongest song on the release and perhaps the most commercial as well. You could easily imagine this track on any Top 40 or Adult Contemporary radio format.

For the next track, The Morning Bird takes their music back in time yet again. But with this track, the music style goes back to the nineties. It is on the track “Underneath” that the band embraces the style of the music from that decade. The easy feel to the music, mixed with strong electric guitars, brings to mind the music of bands like The Counting Crows, Sister Hazel, and most specifically, Toad the Wet Sprocket. In fact, you can hear quite a bit of influence from Toad the Wet Sprocket on this track. “Underneath,” much like “Sweet Wine” before it, features a style that would be perfect for radio play; especially if the track was played among the previously-mentioned bands. And as the lyrics deal with seeing only what you want to see and not what needs to be seen, those lyrics create a track that feels very personal and relatable.

The final track to the Lonesome Leaving Sound EP is the song “Swinging”. Much like the track “Sober,” The Morning Bird creates a track with a definite Country twang to it. In fact, with the lyrics about being betrayed by a woman easily puts the song squarely into the Country genre, especially if you place the song among the hit singles of the late seventies, early eighties when much of the genre’s music dealt with pain and hardship. This track would have fit right in with music from that time.   

The adage of “Leave them wanting more” is true. And many people take those words to heart. The Morning Bird is one band that truly believes in that saying. The band has been known to be able to perform about ninety minutes of original music at one time without repeating themselves. So they could easily have created an entire album of music. Instead, they provide the listener with only a small segment of sounds they have created on their five-song release entitled Lonesome Leaving Sound. There is plenty more to come from The Morning Bird, as they have not included tracks like “Maryanne” and “Suitcase,” two of the band’s strongest songs, on this EP. However, the Lonesome Leaving Sound EP is definitely a good place to start if you have yet to be introduced to the band. 


Check out a live performance of “Sweet Wine” from The Morning Bird’s Jeremy Taylor and Daniel Rice live at The Brothers Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio.


To check out entire Lonesome Leaving Sound EP from The Morning Bird on spotify, click on the album cover below:

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CD Review: Randy Forte “Chas Randall”

Randy Forte is a singer-songwriter from Phoenix who grew up in Alabama. While there, many different styles of music would end up influencing him in many different ways. One way the music would influence him was in his own songwriting. Because of being exposed to many genres at once, Forte’s own music ends up drawing from different genres, creating songs that have different sounds, styles and feels. Because of this, Forte’s music does not fit into any particular genre, which results in his music being grouped in the catch-all category known as Americana.

Currently, Randy Forte is promoting a new album of music entitled Chas Randall. Drawing from the likes of Country, Rock and Roll and other genres, Randy Forte decided to release this particular album under the alias of Chas Randall, a name that uses a shortened version of his real first name and his middle name- Charles Randall. To help bring this album to life, Randy Forte worked with some of the best known musicians down in Nashville. What resulted was an album that ended up being very strong musically while also being very eclectic in nature because of the ever-changing feel of the music.

Chas Randall, the debut release from Randy Forte (or Charles Randall Forte as he’s also known), begins with the track “Six Beers Away (From Crying Over You)”. The track contains a gentle pace to the Easy Listening style of music that is mostly made up of a Country/Folk approach, which makes sense given the subject matter that would stereotypically be released within Country music. “Six Beers Away (From Crying Over You)” is a track that would have been right at home on AM radio back in the seventies.

With the next track called “Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Randy Forte takes the music in a more Rock and Roll direction. The track features strong electric guitars that help to give the song its driving feel. The feel of the music sets the song firmly somewhere between the music found in the eighties and the music of today. And with the lyrics dealing with love and loss, the track ends up containing a rather timeless feel that is truly universal.

The next track of “You Can’t Keep Hiding” takes the listener back a few decades to the late sixties/early seventies as the song contains a Country/Rock blend that is rather reminiscent of songs that were written by the group known as The Band. The gentle feel to the drums on the track, mixed with the piano/guitar mixture truly creates a sound that would make The Band proud. And with the lyrics about not being able to avoid love, the song has a musical approach that feels very listener-friendly. “You Can’t Keep Hiding” is yet another track on the Chas Randall release from Randy Forte that would have felt right at home on AM radio of the seventies.

For the next track, the music on “Rollin’” contains a style that brings to mind the feel of what is now referred to as Roots Rock. The early Country-flavored Rock and Roll of the Everly Brothers or Elvis Presley could easily have been influences on this track. And while there is a definite throwback feel to the music of the song, there is also a fresh quality to “Rollin’” from Randy Forte that makes the song seem more suited to today’s Folk-Rock scene than earlier time periods.

Take the feel of Rock and Roll from the eighties but give it a bit of a twang and you have the basic idea of what the track “You Don’t Love Me, Like I Love You” sounds like. The result of that musical blend on the song brings to mind the sound of a band like The Blasters, a group that is known for making songs with this musical approach. “You Don’t Love Me, Like I Love You” is one track on the album that will easily satisfy any Rock and Roll fan’s desire for a good, hard-rockin’ song.

The feel of the music changes yet again on the next track. While the previous tracks contained the sound of an entire band, the song “Best Friends” contains only the sound of guitars. Electric and acoustic guitars blend together to create a somewhat laidback feel to the music of the song. That laidback approach to the music comes courtesy of the Folk style to the musical side of the song. The lyrics of the track find Randy Forte singing about all of the good things that come with having someone to call on in a friendship.

With the song “My Love Away,” the energy returns to the Chas Randall release. With this track, Randy Forte creates a track that features a Country Rock sound that would fit on any modern-day Country radio format. The song contains no fiddles, but instead contains strong guitars with plenty of twang to them to help create the sound that any lover of the modern-day take on Country music would enjoy.

The Chas Randall release from Randy Forte contains nearly a dozen tracks. And each one of the songs on the release comes with its own unique flavor. The ever-changing feel to the music helps to create a strong Americana album that listeners of the style will be happy with.


To hear some of the music from The Chas Randall release from Randy Forte, check out the song “Living In Yesterday’s Tomorrow“. 

For more information, check out Randy Forte’s PR firm of Whiplash PR & Management by clicking on the logo for the company.





To check out the Chas Randall release from Randy Forte, click on the album cover below: