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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Garrett Gue- Unknown? Not for long!

By Jordan Fenwick

As I was driving the other day I happened to come across Sirius/XM "The Coffee House", which is notorious for playing only acoustic music. After a decent cover by Maroon 5 of the old Beatles song "Michelle", a song came on by an artist I had never heard of. Normally in this situation I just hit seek and go to the next preset, but this tune caught my ear. The kind of song you hear that just makes you in a better mood for the 4 minutes it happens to be playing. The song was "Sugar" and the artist was Garrett Gue.

The only reason I knew the name of the artist and who sang it was because the car I was driving showed it on the screen. Any other time, I use my handy IPhone app "Shazaam" and it magically gives me the information. This time I did it anyway and was surprised to see that the song was not found, so I made a mental note and after a few days had passed I googled "Garrett Gue". There were very few search results other than a Facebook page, Myspace page and a few Youtube videos that someone had posted of a few songs. I decided to check out his Myspace hoping he would have a few more songs I could listen to and was happy with what I heard.

After digging a little deeper and doing a little research all I could find is that Garrett Gue is from Montana, currently lives in Seattle, Washington and is not picked up by any record label. He independently recorded his first album "Tall Drink O' Water", and continues to write music and play around Seattle anywhere he can get a gig.

As a writer of a blog dedicated to music, I felt it was necessary for me to pass along the "good word" that is Garrett Gue. His songs are warm, his voice is refreshing, and his lyrics are brilliant. It's not often I can say that I beat the majority when it comes to finding out good music before an artist hits the mainstream, but I feel that as Garrett continues to grow as a musician and gain popularity, he won't be under the radar for too much longer. I recommend anyone who enjoys acoustic music and great music all together should check out Garrett Gue. His album is available for download on Itunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Alex Dezen of The Damnwells - Nashville Concert Review

Let me just kick this off by saying I have completely absorbed all things Alex Dezen and The Damnwells in the last few months. After hearing a nice music sampler of Alex’s songs from the movie Chaos Theory, I was completely hooked on the sound and emotion Alex Dezen emits with his music. He has been quoted as saying that he writes music about his life’s experiences and I believe that’s a very accurate statement. He writes the type of songs I wish I could write to express the emotion of the ups and downs of a life lived. As you listen through the tracks of his latest albums, it feels like a first hand account to many of the thoughts and feelings that we can all relate to. To test out this statement of mine, rent/buy the movie Chaos Theory and observe how well the music flows with the storyline.

I was lucky enough to see Alex Dezen live a couple weeks ago in Nashville. It was not your typical rock show by any means. The venue (The Dark Room) was as big as my living room and it offered an up close and personal experience of some great acoustic music from Alex and some other lesser known musicians.  I cannot express enough how much I enjoy listening to my favorite bands in a small club environment where you can sit right in front of the music and meet the artists. I got to speak briefly with Alex Dezen about how much I enjoyed the music he creates and to thank him for the great show. Wish I had the opportunity to stay afterwards and have a beer with him. Also performing at the show was Josh Fletcher. Thoroughly enjoyed his music and bought both of his albums. If I find free links to his music I will definitely post.

Alex Dezen Live at the Dark Room
Play a Live Recording of "Texas" Below
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This post would be incomplete without letting everyone know where you can find Alex Dezen’s music and plug some of his great work. I would strongly suggest buying or downloading the albums “Bastards of the Beat” and “Air Stereo” off of Amazon. Also there is an award winning documentary based on the life and times of The Damnwells 5 year journey to get signed by a major record label and then go on to have their music careers nearly ended by the pitfalls of success. The documentary is named after one of their hit songs “Golden Days" and can also be found on Amazon. Lastly, rent or buy the movie Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds. Very good moving featuring a lot of Damnwells music!

The good news is that The Damnwells released their latest album “One Last Century”  completely for free to their fans. Click on the link below to download the ENTIRE album for free! Also, look out for The Damnwells latest album release coming in February and pledge support for the new album on the groups website: http://www.thedamnwells.com/

Download “One Last Century” at:  http://bit.ly/b5yqdw



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