Buster Blue: Sleep Less Where the Heart Is

Favorite Songs: Intruders, Visions of Laredo, Sleeplessness, Take Montanta With You, Good Old Days

Social Media: bandcamp, Facebook, Reverbnation

Buster Blue is bittersweet and serene. Their album, Sleep Less Where the Heart Is has a great combination of light vocals with a slight raspy sound to it with folk and country undertones. I’m not sure of the members names as the description simply lists them as, “the goombas,” but the album has piano, cello, violin, backing vocals, drums,

Each of their songs have their own unique quality to them, despite being folk. For instance, the song, Hallucinations in C# minor, has a baroque feel to it, with a nice addition of piano that’s almost like a slow and eerie ragtime. It has a similarity to the music of Tom Waits. The violins and Cello add much tranquility to the tail end of the song, Sleeplessness. There are also brief songs like Take Montana with you that has some quirky lyrics to it like, “cover me in kerosene and I will always keep a light for the people and what they like to burn.”

One of their most yearning songs, Good Old Days has a quaint nostalgic feel as the singer talks about how time is slowing ticking away and how he’s been afraid to dance with a girl that he’s been wanting to for years. The song is accompanied by a sentimental sounding violin and a banjo that plucks away in the reminiscing.

Leave me in Coeur D’Alene is more orchestrated with clarinets and drums that build and crescendo. The album ends with a piano ballad in which the singer reminisces on an old house as he narrates moving away from it. The song is a good closer to this very peaceful album.

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Six Mile Station: Audiobiography

Social Media: Website, facebook, reverbnation, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram

Favorite Tracks: Hey There Kid, Pray Like Hell, Nothing Better to Do, Visions of Eternity, Heavy, Gasoline

Six Mile Station is powerful bluegrass band here in Reno Nevada. There sound is rich with instrumentation and the embodiment of the working class America. No seriously, when listening to their music, I just want to grab a pick axe and start building a house with it. A pick axe may not be the right tool at the beginning stages, but once I get Six Mile Station’s new album into my walkman, I’ll know it feels right.

The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Spike McGuire, bassist and backing vocalist, Tyson Schroeder, multi-instrumentalist, John Underwood, and drummer Jeffrey Knight of Handsome Vultures notoriety. Their first album is very well produced with a wide variety of sounds thanks to John Underwood who plays the banjo, trumpet, trombone, and the 12 string guitar.

This album also contains an accordion on the track, “Dreamcatcher” which also contains a tangible 3/4 time signature. The song “Nothing Better To Do” also includes one of the most illustrious instruments known to man. I am of course talking about the singing saw! There are also chains rattling throughout the song and a vibraslap which sounds like a rattlesnake. It’s got a nice heavy beat.

Speaking of heavy, their song “Heavy” is a powerful song also with accordion instrumentation and a vibraslap and some sick drum fills. The song is also in reference to the idiom, “heavy lies the crown.”

There is a ton going on in this album and a lot of fun little sounds to catch on your second or third time through each track like the swinging slide guitar in “Hey There Kid,” giving Audiobiography a strong replay value and worth careful contemplation, or as accompaniment to building a house.