The Bridge: The Bridge (2008)
On "14 Days," the musicians render a perky acoustic/electric New Orleans shuffle vamp, and generate a spunky and multilayered funk-rock vamp during "Bad Locomotive." With breakout guitar solos and rocking rhythms, they acutely interweave brisk unison metrics into a format that combines a warmhearted depiction of Americana.
They sport a retro vibe within the sensitively enacted country love song "Flats of the Old Avenue," highlighted by Kenny Liner's endearing mandolin lines and a catchy hook, but alter the flow via their beat-box blues groove amid Jacobs' crunching guitar licks on "The Ballad of Clear Rock." The grand scheme of matters would certainly parallel the band's notoriety as a popular live act. The artists don't break the rules or chart previously unexplored musical terrain here. Ultimately, it's all about good cheer, marked with an obvious sense of clarity that is underscored by the unit's appealing arrangements and memorable compositions.
Track Listing: Get Back Up; Angelina; 14 Days; Bad Locomotive; Easy Jane; Shake em Down; Country Mile; Further To Roam; Flats of the Old Avenue; Chains; The Ballad of Clear Rock; Brother Don't.
Personnel: Cris Jacobs: guitar, vocals; Kenny Liner: mandolin, vocal percussion; Dave Markowitz: bass, vocals; Patrick Rainey: sax; Mike Gambone: drums.
Record Label: Hyena Records
Style: Beyond Jazz