Don Bryant: This is All I Know (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… By the middle of the 1960s, the Four Kings had broken up, but Bryant remained as a vocalist with Mitchell. Between 1965 and 1969, Bryant released at least nine singles on Hi; for most of those, he penned either the a- or b-side; sometimes both. Unbeknownst to Bryant, Hi Records had

Don Bryant: This is All I Know (Part One)

Don Bryant started releasing soul 45s under his own name in 1965. But it wasn’t until nearly four years later that he’d finally record and release an album. A collection of well-worn standards, Precious Soul was an excellent showcase of Bryant’s vocal prowess. But it displayed only a fraction of the man’s talents. His gospel

Album Review: Pocket Fishrmen – The Greatest Story Ever Told

Wow; here’s a weird one. Imagine, if you will, that Dead Kennedys were a comedy band. One from Austin, Texas. Now imagine that they stayed together for three decades, making bratty songs with provocative titles (“Amy Carter,” “Mommanatrix,” “”Flaccid is the Night,” “Priapus Power,” “Go Go Saddam Hussein” … you get the idea. Now imagine

Album Review: Fovea — Pencil Me In

The blippy synth lines that open “Boss Boy” suggest that Fovea’s Pencil Me In is going to be a synthpop album. But not; that impression is corrected after about, oh, three seconds. A gauzy wash of squalling guitars crashes over the synth. Okay, so it’s a shoegaze record, right? Wrong. The guitars recede, leaving behind

Album Review: Helen Kelter Skelter — Melter

The members of the cleverly-named band Helen Kelter Skelter may not wish that it were so, but they may well be destined to be known as “that other band from Oklahoma.” There’s not a whole lot of information floating freely on the interwebs, so listeners are left to form impressions of the group the old

Album Review: Henry Metal – War in Heaven

Heavy metal is perhaps the easiest of all rock forms to parody. Its often over-the top brutal riffage, growled vocals and martial tempos are ripe for ridicule. And that might be what the (one assumes) pseudonymous Henry Metal is doing. The gruesome, sub-Frazetta cover art – replete with clichéd typeface – suggests as much. Or

Album Review: Delta Deep – East Coast Live

“Supergroup” is a term that gets bandied about so wantonly that it has become nearly meaningless. To their credit, the members of Delta Deep don’t bill themselves as one. But it’s worth noting the band’s pedigree: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen leads the group, which also features players from Stone Temple Pilots and India.Arie’s backing band.

Album Review: Staring Into Nothing – Power

Pop-leaning, dramatic progressive rock is the order of the day on Power. Staring Into Nothing is merely a trio, but they manage a big sound. The three musicians – vocalists/keyboardist Steve Rogers, guitarist Savannah Rogers and bassist Kurt Barabas – clearly have ambitious plans in place. Power is the first in what looks ot be

Album Review: Andrew Reed – If All the World Were Right

For many people, Asheville, North Carolina is and intentional destination. Set aside for the moment those retirees who settle here for their golden years. For young and middle-aged adults, it’s a city to which they are drawn. People move to Asheville in hope of effecting a life change. It’s wholly unlike larger nearby cities such

Thank You, Man: Asheville’s Crop of Tribute Bands (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Peak Hour Though the group had had hits before – most notably the 1964 single “Go Now” – the Moody Blues’ most enduring material is found on its “core seven” albums beginning with Days of Future Passed. And it’s upon that period that The Lost Chord focuses. The studio versions of