Produced by lead singer Matt Lax, Nearly Beloved's "Where's Bob?" is a wonderful, eclectic mix of traditional folk, mixed with a bit of blues and a decent amount of the original sounds of California country-rock of the late 60's and early 70's. I surmise this last ingredient can be somewhat expected, since the band is based out of California. The album will be released on Attaboy Records on Tuesday March 13, 2012.
The album kicks off in grand style, with a nice little rockabilly number, "My Memory," a tune about trying to change ones' focus from the negativity in life. "Whiskey Whispers" evokes a real classic country feel, a really nice throwback to the traditional country sound of the 1950's with it's beautiful steel guitar work. A nice cover of Bob Dylan's classic "Subterranean Homesick Blues" allows the band to really showcase their musicianship, with a nice shuffle beat from Peter Rubin on drums and some well-placed harmonica work from Peter Lax.
If "Subterranean Homesick Blues" showcases Nearly Beloved's musical abilities, "Cool Fuckin' Sunset" showcases their harmony's in stellar fashion. It is this segment on the album, at least for this listener, that invoked many great memories of the California country-rock scene as "Sunset" brought about visions of The Eagles, while the next track "Tomorrow Won't be the Future" reminded me of The Byrds. I don't say this to be a negative thing, I merely highlight these tracks as key points to the album. If the goal was to capture a bit of that California sound of days gone by, it was captured in spades. They are two excellent, very well done tracks.
Perhaps the most clever song on the album is one that I'm sure would make Roger Miller proud. "My P-Role Officer" is a great story song about a guy who just can't catch a break , to say the least. A fantastic, well written song and well performed by Matt Lax and the group.
Nearly Beloved's "Where's Bob?" is currently enjoying some well-deserved airplay on great radio stations such as 91.7 FM WHUS, 90.3 FM WZBC, 88.1 FM WMBR, 94.1 FM KFPA, as well as Taproot Radio and various European radio outlets. You can purchase a copy, and indeed listen, to "Where's Bob?" in its entirety on the Nearly Beloved web site. If you're interested in learning about more artists under Kim Grant's wing, check out her site at KG Music Press.