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Cabinet-This is Cabinet Set 1


If you grew up in the hills of NC, SC, VA, TN and Kentucky you hears lots of bands that sound familiar to Cabinet but few can stand up to the quality of Cabinet. This is a top notch sounding band. Much in the vein of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with their bluegrass infused brand of country rock. Using the traditional sounds of the genre Cabinet rocks it up just a little bit more and has less a country feel that perhaps lends itself to a more rock, new grass infused sound. But Cabinet knows it roots like the traditional sounds of bluegrass picking and they simply tear it up when they delve into the bluegrass sounds.
I hear baby boomer’s say all the time there is no good music anymore, which of course is an absurd comment since they never turn off their classic rock stations and search for anything new. Those who grew up on the likes of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dave Bromberg, Doc & Merle Watson should have no problem relating to the sound of Cabinet. With their excellent musicianship this band can entertain the audience with rock and roll, country rock or straight bluegrass and they are not afraid to mix the three genres together.
There are deep roots in this band that stretch deep into the roots of music history and produce a sound that is old yet new. Some fine playing that equals any of the artist I have mentioned in this article. Cabinet makes the music their own by not following the rules as so many bands do. Thinking they can’t stretch a bluegrass number into a sort of psychedelic country rock hybrid and make it work. Cabinet has not such doubts as they pick there way through traditional bluegrass all the while turning and twisting the songs to the beat they walk to. Steeped in tradition, steeped in the roots of music, Cabinet leaves no doubt they can play with the best of them. The vocals have a touch of traditional country ala Johnny Horton, Merle Travis and the like, yet the infusion of up beat music keeps your feet moving no matter if it is a bluegrass number that is a classic jam or if it is a country rock infused number, Cabinet leaves the listener satisfied and wanting more.
After listening to This is Cabinet Set 1 their newest release, I went back into the past and listened to their 2009 release Cabinet. Just by listening one can hear how much this band has matured in last few years, the vocals and the songwriting are more mature, the playing as always is a pure delight. The 2009 release is more bluegrass tradition than the newest release with its country rock infused sound. Both releases are excellent and belong on your shelf or at least on your hard drive.
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MIZ East Hope Avenue


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MIZ East Hope Avenue is an excellent blend of Rock, Country and folk into a wonderful sound of modern music. Folk without being bland, rock without being heavy and country without being stuck in the present or present. Blending these three styles into a modern amalgamation of sound. When you listen to music you search for your connection to the song, with MIZ you find it easily. With a sound rich and full much in the tradition of great artist like The Band, MIZ is the modern hope for a sound that seems forgotten in time but yet resonates down through the years of history like a beacon of hope to those who are lost in the world of charted music with its hype and lack of talent. October Skies open this CD with its harmonica playing against a rich melody. This song captures the full force of MIZ and takes the listener down a familiar path that feels safe and warm. The vocals are just different enough to make them inviting.

There is some fine playing and picking on this CD as well. Pen Y Bryn Road has a slight Celtic feel but may have more in common with a band like the Pogues without the Irish accent on the vocals. New Morning Sky is a modern love song that treads the land of Jackson Browne. The music is easy to listen to filled with excellent arrangements, a bit of soul and country mixed with pop. Miz is a blend of sounds that bring back the golden era of music for most baby boomer’s. Those magical years of the sixties to the early seventies when music made a dramatic change in direction this is the backdrop that MIZ pens his odes to. The days when the Rolling Stones dabbled in country, when music was played by musicians. A time when artist might play three or four different styles of music on their record.

Waste of Time is country rocker much in the vein of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and MIZ pulls it off effortlessly switching direction without notice and taking us down a path we remember from long ago. There are folk rock songs, singer songwriters odes, there are country rockers and sappy pop and its all MIZ. Reach out right now and play Heels of the Day, New Morning Sky, Waste of Time all are new classics for today. If you like Gov’t Mule, Greg Allman, Jackson Browne, The Pogues you’ll most like enjoy the sounds of MIZ New Hope Ave CD.

The Hawkeyes


The Hawkeyes-self titled released on Broad Horizon Records

This band seems a mix between The Georgia Satellites and AC/DC.
With more of the leaning towards the GS. Southern rock with a harder edge on the guitar than most bands. This four track ep has two excellent tracks, they are Double E, 7 & A Quarter.
Each of these tracks are some of the best rock and roll tracks you will hear from an independent band. These two tracks are only a taste of what could be. In a world where louder is not always better this band delivers rock in roll straight to your feet. These are songs you will sing along to, songs you will play your friends, songs that you will listen to in ten years and realize how well they have held up to the test of time. The ultimate compliment to any artist is to write songs that stand up to the test of time its self. If this genre’s suits your taste then I would be surprised if you do not like this rocking group.
Joe is the second track on the disc and follows the same pattern and it also has a good hook but has a harder AC/DCish guitar edge as does Junior’s Night Out. The short ep gives a glimpse of what the Hawkeyes could achieve. Two of the four songs are excellent and are worth the price of admission, however it would be nice to hear a full CD which is also a real test for most artist to deliver twelve or fourteen songs in one package. After hearing the Hawkeyes four track ep, It’s seems soon we will listening to a excellent rock and roll release if this ep is any indication of what they have in store.