This weeks CD review is on local artist Billy Brandt’s,The Time Is Now.
Billy has put together another stellar group of musicians to join him on on this latest effort. The Sugaree’s, as they are called, are some of the area’s best. Billy Brandt of course, Chris Degnore, Drew Howard, Jason Dennie, Todd Glass, John Holk, Mike Lynch and David Mosher. With a lineup like that you know the music will be top notch. And it is.
With the opening title track, you’ll get a country flavor right off the bat. That resonates throughout the CD on several tunes. One of the things I noticed throughout is the clarity of the vocals. I want to hear the vocals. I love the music as well, but don’t let that drown out the vocals. And on this recording, they don’t, so thank you Roscoe.
This is the first CD with the Sugaree’s. Knowing Billy is a Grateful Dead fan, I wonder if he named his band in reference to the Dead song titled the same?
I believe if a listener can relate to a song, any song, then the songwriter did a good job. There are several songs here that accomplish that with me. While listening, it felt like some of the songs were written with me in mind. I know they weren’t but the writing was so good, it did it’s job. Those were especially true with The Time Is Now and Don’t Let Your Demons Bring You Down although to relate to it, I wanted to sing, ...His Demons!!!
Overall this is a great CD. Loved many of the tunes with my favorite being Don’t Let Your Demons Bring You Down, The Lash, Let Her Down and No Guarantees.