Thursday, March 2, 2017

RECORD REVIEW: Vinny Marcone "Antietam Sunrise"

Vinny Marcone
Antietam Sunrise

This intriguing new indie
release has been simmering
on my "back burner" since
arriving at my home office
during a particularly hectic
personal time few months
ago. Better late than never?

Florida-based singer / songwriter / guitarist, Vinny Marcone, has created an interesting premise — a concept album boasting all-original material — an engaging mix of guitar-driven vintage-style rock and vocal-driven country-style ballads — all based on the experiences and viewpoints of soldiers during the Civil War. Hmm. Not very "David Lee Roth," but I'm all in.

Whether you get the conceptual angle or not, the songs here stand up nicely on their own — making for a solid, nine-song, roots-flavored collection. In fact, despite my own personal passion for U.S. history, I found myself drifting quickly into the individual songs, and focusing less on the story line.

Oozing maximum riffage, the title track kicks the record off with a bang. Other highlights include the Stillwater-flavored "Deep River Soul," the super-stripped-down "Ballad of Hezekiah Daniels" and the snappy-sounding, "Sadie the Goat."

Bringing his musical story to life required a "village." As a result, Marcone assembled an impressive ensemble of session players — an A-List cast that includes co-founding Foghat bassist Tony Stevens and world-renown concert violinist Michelle Jones.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and the record can be discovered fully by visiting the Official Website.

-Christopher Long
(March 2017)

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