The Wandering Bards – Party Hat EP
The Wandering Bards – Party Hat
URL – http://www.myspace.com/theroyalguard
About the Artist: This is the latest EP release Party Hat rom New Hersey’s 4 piece Funk n’ Folk band The Wandering Bards.
Accolades: Music Critic Cody Blevins of Vents Magazine says, “Lulling strings, funked out bass lines staying deep in the pocket, and a carnival-esque amalgam of jesters and seriously talented players hoping to pied piper some listeners into the uproar.” Also The Wandering Bards recently placed 1st in the Acoustic Category on OurStage.com
Band: Kenny Allen: (Vocals, Harmonica, Jaw Harp, Accordion) Ron Baumann: (Upright Bass), Mike Cardone: (Percussion) Ray Fyhr (Violin) and Colin McKay: (Vocals and Acoustic Guitar)
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wandering-Bards/371112996703
Review: I have to say I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “Hazy Place”, “I Believe in Elvis” and “Party Hat.” They made quite the impression and each one possessed my full and unadulterated attention. To be honest: I expected cheesy Sing Songy Blues-Pop that was extremely predictable and shallow in nature – compatible for a mass audience. Well shame on me! What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. The whole EP is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call “Hot to the Touch” Americana energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. I can also hear the slight Americana/Folk influence in there as well reminiscent of Dave Mathews Band and even The Band, Willie Nelson, The Blues Brothers. What I like most about The Wandering Bards is there is no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop, cheezy music with top flight sampling, cookie cutter songwriting via a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. None of that here. In-fact this EP appeals to both new school and old school fans alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not – but all will groove to it. The Wandering Bards goes down slow like a shot of Gin and is one band that has a lot of depth and musical verity. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured The Wandering Bards will put a smile back on your face with music that’s taking us back in the right direction with their Party Hat 4 track musical sampler.
Conclusion: The Wandering Bards will affirm your faith in music again. These 5 represent all that is good in music and their latest EP Party Hat delivers a highly passionate 4 track catalog via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Rock, Jam Band, Folk and Classic Americana Blues.
Purchase Link – http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/TheWanderingBards
By Michael Keith edited by Drew Blackwell