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The Best Thing about the Rapture!

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Were you at this concert? I would have loved to be there. Matt Nathanson is awesome, Little Big Town rocks and Sugarland is one of my favorite bands EVER.

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Michael Tolcher – Wanting You Now

April 9, 2009 2 comments

A week or so ago, I got the opportunity to go to the Matt Wertz/Michael Tolcher concert at The Social in downtown Orlando. Let me just say, what a great show! About 5 years or so ago, I saw Tolcher open for Matt Nathanson and Gavin Degraw in Tampa and I thought it was one of the best concerts I have seen in awhile. You certainly cannot beat $12 for a concert of three great performers. At the time, I didn’t have the chance to meet Tolcher, but this time I did. You really can’t meet more of a down to earth guy who just loves music and what he does. It’s not about making it big, but about making great music. I find that admirable.

He just recently released an EP on iTunes, “In the Meantime…” It contains “Speed Feels Better,” “Wanting You Now” and an acoustic version of “Speed Feels Better.” They are some great tunes, but I am really feeling the song “Wanting You Now.” I think it has a good pop/rock hook and I could definitely hear it on the radio. If only we could get that happening…

Michael Tolcher’s website

What do you think?

Sugarland – Love on the Inside

July 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Sugarland Love on the Inside Cover

Sugarland – Love on the Inside (Release date: July 22, 2008 )

My second favorite country album of 2008. It comes in very close behind Lady Antebellum’s release earlier this year.

There is something about Sugarland that I just love. I have liked their music since the first album, ya know, back when they were a trio. I liked them when they lost the third member and went on as a duo. I loved them when they put out that emotional STAY. And, now I love them even more. Jennifer Nettles looks and sounds great. Whenever I see her and bandmate, Kristian Bush, I smile. They look like they are enjoying everything that they have earned. They seem to appreciate life and are genuinely grateful for their successes. They are truly a joy to watch.

The new album, LOVE ON THE INSIDE, is one of their best. How do they just keep upping the status quo? This is the first album of Sugarland to be #1 on the country charts. If only Miley Cyrus did not exist, they would have taken the top spot on the Top 100 on Billboard. Damn her.

What do I not love about this album? I think the only track I could do without is Genevieve. Even still, I’ll listen. On the deluxe fan edition, I was thrilled to hear the live version of “Life in a Northern Town” that they performed with Little Big Town and Jake Owens as well as a live cover of a Matt Nathanson song, “Come on Get Higher”. Who would have thought?

So the true gems of this album are:

  • “All I wanna do” – just a fun summer song and the video is great too
  • “It happens” – I love when she says, “pshhh…..it happens” I think that was intentional. It was also intentional that it is my new ringtone. Ha
  • “We run” – Just a great mid-tempo song. Sing sing sing.
  • “Love” – wonderful ballad showcasing both Nettles and Bush.
  • “Take Me As I Am”
  • “Very last Country Song” – what if we didn’t have problems. Then this would be the last country song you’d hear. for sure.
  • “What I’d Give” – a true longing
  • “Fall Into Me” – another great ballad.

Another great thing about this album is that we get to hear more of Kristian Bush. Long time coming…

So, can you tell that I loved it? Some nice country pop. 10!

Augustana – Can’t Love… Can’t Hurt

Augustana – Can’t Love… Can’t Hurt ( Release Date: 4/29/08 )

So back in 2006, when I was contemplating my move to Boston, was right around the time that Augustana released their song BOSTON. How appropriate (if you don’t read the lyrics of the rest of the song)! So that soon became my theme song for my move and will forever be associated with this portion of my life. I didn’t really enjoy the rest of that album or even the albums prior.

However, I think the fame of the single, BOSTON, has brought Augustana into the mainstream and possibly allowed for better production and songwriting opportunites. Or maybe just the know-how from a music producer was all they needed to pick a great selection of ten songs (which I always feel is about four songs too little for a full-length album).

Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt is still true to Augustana. The BOSTON track on this album can be heard on the closing track, WHERE LOVE WENT WRONG. The boys found a little Matt Nathanson vibe with EITHER WAY, I’LL NEVER BREAK YOUR HEART. And I certainly didn’t want to skip HEY NOW and I STILL AIN’T OVER YOU.

From the emotional ballads, TWENTY YEARS and FIRE, to the radio-friendly uptempo MEET YOU THERE (which reminds me of Evan & Jaron’s CRAZY FOR THIS GIRL circa early 2000s), Augustana has hit the mark with their new release. They will maintain their existing fans and gain new ones with songs that will remind listeners of their own experiences, thus locking in the visuals for each song.

I would have to say that I give this an 8 out of 10. I would have given a nine if there were more tracks to listen to. Ten just doesn’t do it for me. 🙂