New and upcoming local music releases
By Jake ClappPosted Jul 5, 2012
Cheers to the Wind
Ryan Harris & Co.
It’s hard to nail down Cheers to the Wind. But, I’m not sure if I would want to. There’s a recognizable strain of old-style, western Americana DNA throughout the album. Horns that come across with West Texas flair and a bass line that feels at home in a New Orleans funk band continue to pop up. Harris’ voice and lyrics are reminiscent of 1960s folk. There are hints of zydeco in there as well, though it might not be purposeful. It’s a precarious mix, but Harris pulls it off well in his debut album.
The album’s blues-driven songwriting is constantly highlighted by the brass section, but instead of growing old, the creative tension the horns pull over each song works well. From more upbeat, bouncy songs like “Purple Smile,” to the building, country-esque “Little Bit I Got,” or solemn “I Think I See a Face,” Harris is able to find a solid balance between the instruments and eclectic styles.
I’m sure anyone interested in blues, rock, country or brass can take something away from the album.
Cheers to the Wind is available through http://ryanharrisandco.bandcamp.com/
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