Rock Ridge Music are the cats behind bands like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Sister Hazel, Reel Big Fish, Steve Wynn, and, holy moley, Bernie Williams. You probably know all these guys, i do, and I have a lot of time for many of them, but just to refresh your memory it is THE DREAM SYNDICATE -one of the great garage psychedelia hoo hah bands, Steve Wynn and it is Bernie Williams -who is a very accomplised guitarist as well as the brown eyed handsome man centerfielder from the Yanks who I saw come from behind to the Astros 1 – 10 and win on a Williams game winning home run!! Point is, Rock Ridge Music have a track record on their recording contracts and when they say, “listen up, we have a showcase” , we listen up they have a showcase.
On the showcase November 11th, 2009 at Sullivan Hall will be Andrew Hoover, a twenty-one year old wunderkind who has a nice line in patter on “Lie To Me”. Andrew’s blog says he’s into blues, r&b, soul but “Lie To Me” is a very good mix of the Police meets the Dave Mathews Band -all syncopated rhythms and reggae half steps. There’s an album but I havent heard it yet.
Benjy Davis Project are big in home town Baton Rouge, LA but excuse me if they sound, on “I Love You” like the most classic of classic keyboard powered rock bands. After years of opening for guys like John Mayer these guys seem poised for a huge jump forward. Benjy Davis Project is a perfect example of a band who has been hurt by the end of FM radio -they would catch on so fast if they were playing between Elton John and Steely Dan. In a different age they might have been called old fashioned but since there is absolute no middle ground any more, let’s just dub em absolute pros. The third album is called Dust
I am listening to an absolutely beautiful Joe Firstman-Jewel duet on a song called “Everything Reminds Me Of You”. Firstman came off the college circuit and into the arms of Carson Daley where Joe was the musical director till Carson stepped out of the studio. In 07 Firstman released a pretty good album and everything I’ve heard has been first rate singer-songwriter. Like a Jackson Browne (high praise in my book) but a bit more upbeat.
So all three acts are pretty damn good and the showcase sounds like fun.
Here’s the info again:
214 Sullivan St
November 11th, 2009