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Pack up the car and hit the road because this collection of 20 originals will make you want to drive all night. Unreleased treasures from Tampa Bay artists with established national followings (Ronny Elliott, Have Gun Will Travel, Rebekah Pulley, the Sleepy Vikings) share the lanes with up-and-coming favorites and a few new faces. Styles range from Americana to Indie, Pop, Reggae and Rock ‘n Roll.
Here’s everything you’d ever want to know about the songs on “Tales of Highways & Low Roads.” Click on the song title for musician credits, website links, contact info, videos and lyrics.
“A superb, judiciously chosen overview of the excellent, diverse music emerging from Southwest Florida. Roll down the windows, crank this up and fly down your favorite freeway.” —Wade Tatangelo, syndicated music writer/McClatchy Newspapers
Feature Tracks: #1, #9, #10 (National add-date: April 5, 2011)
Track 1 “Time Machine” is a previously unreleased gem from Bradenton’s Have Gun, Will Travel. Maybe you recognize them from PBS’ “Roadtrip Nation,” or the commercials that just started running? No matter what, hear them once and you’ll long more.
Track 2 “California Diamonds” introduces the rest of the world to the sweet, heartfelt goodness that the six Grecian Urns dish out. With two pairs of siblings, they’re tight in song and by blood. The result is an “acoustic, folky version of Arcade Fire.” Creative Loafing
Track 3 “Twin Peaks” The ride’s been fast and furious for the Sleepy Vikings who were named one of the four best bands (out of 650) at NXNE 2011 by Paste magazine. They then scored a CMJ showcase, signed a deal with New Grenada Records and got an official SXSW showcase spot in 2011.
Track 4 “Baby Don’t Leave” The Vessenmeyers of Experimental Pilot might bicker like brothers and take forever with their creations, but this song is one of their best efforts ever, with its Beach Boy-esque break and perfect harmonies. unreleased
Track 5 “Drive On” Ricky Wilcox was still better known in Tampa Bay for Deloris Telescope when this song was first released. The driving beat hints of The Cars and its lyrics remind us of a time when waiting for a call meant sitting at home by the phone.
Track 6 “The Walk” Alexander & The Grapes offer up “a sweet and juicy wallop of pop, psychedelic and country.” tbt*
Track 7 “He Looked Up” With the addition of Lakeland’s Walking Catfish, BAAMO officially stakes claim on Polk County and hums along to the Catfish brand of quirky “old-fashioned indie rock.” Lakeland Ledger
Track 8 “Godspeed” It’s just a fact that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Here, Rebekah Pulley chimes in with Dean Johanesen and The Human Condition. The song is also featured in the movie, Beautiful Noise, filming now in Sarasota.
Track 9 “Driving Back in Time” Brand NEW from Ronny Elliott, a classic cruise featuring his favorite themes & characters, with Rebekah Pulley along for the ride to lend an echoing hand. unreleased
Track 10 “Hard Times” Perpetual favorites Rebekah Pulley & The Reluctant Prophets mix a sly sense of humor in this tender and otherwise sad tale. unreleased
Track 11 “Cuyahoga River Blues” He’s played it live to raves for awhile. Now Will Quinlan has finally shared this silky story and we are glad. unreleased
Track 12 “Driver” Wendy Rich went all the way to Nashville to find a band in Kevin McKendree’s DICK 50 able to keep up with her giant, happy voice. The result is an exuberant enticement to hit the road.
Track 13 “Man or Moon” Sarasota’s Sons of Hippies should be the next big CMJ breakout and this song should top CMJ “Best of” lists. College towns are clamoring for more after 2010 tours because this indie rocks.
Track 14 “White Line Fever” No Tampa Bay road song collection would be complete without this ultimate ode from the Mojo Gurus.
Track 15 “Airstream 13” Clever in construction and story, The Woeful Ones’ Brandon Ruck penned this catchy foot-tapping ditty long before our CD art was designed but they’re great lyrics for the photo. unreleased
Track 16 “Three Months in the Sand” There really is a Sergeant in Sarge and The Aeromen, although Mike Daley has risen in rank. But even an officer can make rollicking fun of a daily grind spent miles in air.
Track 17 “Home Again” The Hip Abduction’s big reggae-surf horns make sitting still impossible. Festival favorites for good reason.
Track 18 “Frozen Shadows” Clear, warm sound provides the perfect scaffolding for Bud Buckley’s floating voice.
Track 19 “Goin’ Home Again” The Briar Hill Band first recorded this song at the legendary Criteria in Miami. Reminds us of Florida’s original roots.
Track 20 “Train Song” William Whiting, Jr of Unpainted Souls is a virtuoso of all things stringed and virtually unknown, but not for long.