I am just plain wrong about things, and my wife is right. I know,
that hurts, but I am a big enough man to admit it. She was right
about the band Six Market Blvd. I was wrong and I am so
glad I was. We were given a CD of Six Market
Blvd music some time back and quite frankly I was not
impressed. My wife, on the other hand, went nuts over them. She heard
things that for whatever reason, I could not hear. Well, I played
that CD a number of times, and after a bit, I heard what she heard.
Then we saw them live at a well- known venue in south Tyler, and I
Market Blvd. is a Stephenville, Texas-based band, made up of
Clayton Landau on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Josh Serrato on lead
guitar and 12-string guitar, Ben Hussey on lead vocals, harmony,
electric bass and stand up bass, Dallas Neal on drums and percussion,
and Red Shahan on keyboard and lead vocals. All the members of this
band are exceptional musicians. You need to key in on Josh on lead
guitar. You will hear licks that you would swear are coming from
Clapton and it was 1980 again. Very strong lead guitar. On lead
vocals, Clayton Landau has a tenor voice that is unique and easy to
listen to. Ben on bass has magic fingers that cover those stings and
provide a base line for each cut on both of their CD's. Dallas is a
great drummer who handles the bands' transitions well. Red is on
keyboard and helps meld every thing together.
latest CD “Shake It Down “has a number of cuts that stand out.
First on the CD is “Say It” and it's the flagship tune. Great
hooks, great transitions, and a big sound. The cuts “Mailbox”,
“14 Miles From Home”, “Medina”, “Getting Older”, (aren’t
we all?) and the fun one, “White Goose”, are tunes that are a
real pleasure to listen too. And I mean you don't get tired of them.
“Mailbox” is now a single and climbing the charts and is being
played by radio stations all over the state of Texas. Their freshman
effort, called “Running on Seven”, has several songs that have
reached the top 25 chart in Texas.
real treat comes when you see them live. It is a fun show with non-
stop music. These boys work hard to give a great show each and every
time they perform. They do over 175 dates a year, so they will come
around to East Texas in short order and when they do, go see them.
If you have to compare their music to something, you may have heard
that Six Market Blvd. sounds like America
or Pure Prairie League. Lyrics about love won and
lost, old age, and radiator fluid on the ground are a few of the
lyric hooks. Yes, I said radiator fluid on the ground.
course Six Market Blvd has a website, and they're on
Twitter and Facebook'. And don't forget that you can often find
performances on You Tube. Six market Blvd. doesn't disappoint there,
I hope you get out and see some of these great Texas bands and
support them with your attendance at venues and buy their CD's and T
shirts. That is what keeps them going. It's a brave new world out
there, and that's how money is generated these days. That's a topic
for another time, perhaps.
you like to hear what grabbed my ear and made me act all silly about
music? All of it was interesting and fun to hear, but there were two
songs in particular that went into my brain and simply set up
residence there for several days. They're still there, actually, for
reasons that are completely opposite.
song “Getting Older” must have been
born to this band in a moment of 'generational
my mind, these
boys shouldn't know what's in the mind of an old person but
they do. This
story, made all the more haunting by the nuances in Clayton Landau's
voice that don't show up on any of his other vocals. The only way I
can properly explain it to you is to reveal that I cry every time I
hear it. I'm wasted with sweet tears that rip at my soul; it's just
I've said it. Please don't judge me too harshly.)
other song -
“White Goose” - has
a melody that is impossible
stop hearing. It
will have you slapping at your ears, trying to shake yourself free of
it. Then, when you think it's finally gone, it will creep back in
part is a
lovely nuisance. The
that the last three
seem to fit, and they had me yelling at the CD, that's how much I
didn't like them. I was resigned to feeling this love it/hate those
three notes thing forever, and then we went to see their live show.
After delivering a show-stopping version of the song (and it's last
three notes), Clayton smiled broadly and added “Cha-cha-cha!”.
Now you know what the last three notes are, and now I'm finally in on
the genius of adding them to this infectious song.
could go on and on about what I liked about this music, but I'll stop
right here; Dennis said it all already, and
he's exactly right. Happy
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