My fourth blog post! So industrious…
so let’s check the score…
Philadelphia vs. June Star
New York vs. June Star
Boston vs. June Star
Yup… that’s about accurate… All Asia was a bust… we sent promo to no avail… set was really really loud… I just bought a new mesa boogie amp… it’s a little hot rod thing… 5 Class A watts or 30 run of the mill watts… we were tired and demoralized… we slunk out after our set and headed back to baltimore… with a stop at the hotel bar. drinks are expensive at the crowne plaza Natick… for certain…
here’s a review from Americana-Uk.com…
June Star “Shift, Engage, and Initiate” (Independent, 2009)
First impression on hearing the music of June Star was, Sun Volt and Jay Farrar — now that can’t be bad, and you are right it isn’t
June Star possess a core band that feature guitars, keys, bass, drums and guest pedal steel on ‘Staring The End Down’ that possesses Mark Olsen-esque tendencies, and is one of two songs to figure on the five-piece band’s forthcoming double album, ‘Love, Honor, And Negotiate’. Opening track, ‘Drive All Night’ is the other and it too is a superb affair.
Why put out an eight-track prior to a double album you might ask? Simple, June Star after taking four years over their previous record, ‘Cora Belle’, realise they needed something to keep themselves in the picture. Multi-instrumentalist Timothy Bracken and the bandleader of 10 years, Andrew Grimm share the lead vocals and songwriting duties. Based in Baltimore, the leading members playing four of the band’s older songs are captured live at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Stripped bare and playing a neat little all-acoustic set a great warmth wafts from the speakers throughout.
Bracken who had previously figured only as a musician, shows him self to be a solid and innovative singer-songwriter. His singing of an emotion-filled ‘This Love Won’t Let Me Go’ and the likewise, angst-torn ‘In The Back Of My Mind’ underline the wisdom of Grimm to call on him to both write and sing more. Elder statesman, Grimm provides a couple of solid vocal presentations via the lazy paced ‘Highway’ and ‘This Love Won’t Let Me Go’ as he adds a little edge to the proceedings —now for the double album! Bring it on, boys.
Date review added: Friday, July 31, 2009
Reviewer: Maurice Hope
Related web link: http://www.myspace.com/junestarband
beyond the spelling issues and some misinformation, it’s a cute lil’ review… the rating was a 7 out of 10. yay.
np steve earle “i feel alright”