Sometimes I come across a band that throws a wrench in my master plan to be a constant Ahole. That band is The Blue Rose Band. I have seen show after show and have continued to enjoy solid performances. So when I got a hold of their album HOME I was hoping to find a flaw and engage in my usual juvenile rant...no such luck. Dammit!
The album journies through bar room boogies, power ballads and southern rock infused pop. It has a well produced tone and exudes a brilliance in it's simplicity. The Blue Rose Band has a formula on this album and it works...
1 part soul diva vocals mixed liberally with scorching (but not overpowering) guitar. Combine the solid rhythm of the drums with the gritty tone of the impeccable bass lines and it's near impossible to keep yourself from repeatedly listening to this album and finding new treats in each listen.
Go listen for yourself, as for me...I'm off to find a band I can talk shit about.
B+ Simple in it's appearance but deep in it's soul!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Occasionally you cross the path of a person so incredibly passionate about what they do that it’s hard not to feel inspired. While inspiration can be hard to come by for many of us, Jacob Acosta is definitely an exception.
So what’s up with this guy?
“Right now, I find myself plenty busy with Roll Acosta and Race You There. Does the future hold anything more? Maybe, I used to be in three bands, and my mind usually is overflowing with musical ideas. Keep a watchful eye, I would say.”
|Race You There's New EP Catalyst Available April 2nd|
AZO: Is this a plan or a hobby?
JAKE: Most people think of my work with Roll Acosta and Race You There as side jobs or hobbies, but I think of it as an investment in my art. I am just waiting for it to slowly blossom.
JAKE: I’m officially now trained in Music Education, degree-wise, though I used to be trained in hostage negotiations too…I think I am better at saving lives through music .
AZO: What instruments do you play?
JAKE: I play competently: Saxophone, piano, and guitar.
I can whip out at least 2-3 scales on: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Violin, Cello, and
Can’t do a Bassoon, the fingerings are too tough to remember.
AZO: Do you have a defining moment—where you knew that this is what you were supposed to be doing?
JAKE: As cheesy as it sounds, I do. And believe it or not I was at a Mass for a catholic university when I realized it. That was the day I changed my major from Political Science to Music Ed.
AZO: Which hat do you prefer to wear (writing, playing, vox, production, etc)?
JAKE: I have to say I really love the songwriting process. I love performing my music. I mean it’s kind of a combination of those two really.
AZO: If you were to make the big time, would you stay in Arizona?
JAKE: I might, though I love the beach. So I would probably buy an overpriced house as cost-affordable as I could, closest to the sea.
AZO: Who would be your dream team (living or dead) and why?
JAKE: Rock band Dream team would be, Jim Morrison, the whole band Yes, Neil Peart, John Lennon from the Beatles, Keith Emerson on keyboards, Yo Yo Ma on cello, and Freddie Mercury of course.
AZO: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
JAKE: Hopefully, doing interviews like this from my next touring location in Europe. Maybe opening for a big group like U2. We’ll see though lol.
AZO: What are you currently listening to (in your car/mp3 player, etc)?
JAKE: Totally diggin the new Strokes CD Angles
AZO: What’s your favorite soundtrack?
JAKE: Forrest Gump, hands down, love the classic rock
AZO: Do you have a guilty (music) pleasure?
JAKE: The random catchy Justin Timberlake song.
The first week of April, Acosta will celebrate his second release, The Catalyst EP, with Race You There. Their first release, Acts of Treason, is available on iTunes. Look for updates on their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, or catch them at their CD release:
Saturday, April 2nd
RACE YOU THERE CATALYST EP RELEASE TUS!!
340 E. 6th St
Doors at 9pm
Friday, April 8th
RACE YOU THERE CATALYST EP Release PHX!!
Yucca Tap Room
29 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
Doors at 8pm
Roll Acosta’s EP, The Dawn, is available for download on iTunes. Catch them on Facebook and/or see them live:
Friday, March 25th
University of Arizona-Cellar Concert Series
Saturday, April 30
SKYBAR w/Bare Electric, Raised by Wolves
536 N. 4th Ave