Doug Prescott – The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea – Review
This is Doug Prescott’s second release entitled “The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea” (2011) (Independent Music Promotions). He brings to the table a plethora of musical talent, experience and charm that can’t be called into question. Reading from his bio: “From love ballads to political rockers, the common thread in Prescott’s songwriting is honesty.” Well said. His band contains some lethal heavy hitters which includes the likes of: Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League, Little Feat), Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt’s former guitarist), Allyn Love (played with Steve Wariner and Patti Lovelace), Tony Bowman (Edgar Winters), and Martin Parker. Prescott hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
I always listen to the first song very, very carefully. It’s what the artist has personally chosen to be the first piece of music to enter your ears. I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the opening title track “Happy Enough Song”. Certainly an entertaining and red hot number which possessed my full, unadulterated attention. I expected poppy-sing songy pop rock that was predictable in nature and easy to follow – compatible for a mass audience. What I discovered was quite the opposite actually. The whole CD is wonderfully simple but full of rock energy and music that appeals to all the senses. It reminds me a little of Delbert McClinton, Eric Caption, Jimmy Buffet and Boz Skaggs. There are cleverly written songs and a few slamming moments on “The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea” where this unit shows just what it’s capable of. The overall sound is very marketable. From top to bottom “The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea” is an extremely entertaining production with amazing sound quality, impressive production strokes and first and foremost a likeable man at the front that will highly encourage millions to raise a tall cool one. .
The most amazing thing about Doug Prescott is his send of humor put to music and his overall personality and wit His music appeals to both modern-day blues fans but also to all thos who enjoy music popular during 1960-1970. This is harder to do than it sounds – and shouldn’t be strived for, rather it should come just naturally. Prescott is one artists with potential. He has proven himself worthy of praise with this latest string of songs. There’s nothing more dangerous than a guy from North Carolina armed with a hot band, a hot song and a cold beer to chase it all down with. End of story!
Hit Doug’s website for more: www.dougprescott.com
4.5 of 5 stars
Written by Derrick Hennessey (UK). Edited by Cyrus Rhodes