As I listened to the latest album from Barley Station” called “Back There Somewhere” the band has a unique flavor on their music which is difficult to place a particular genre on. With the album starting out with a song called “Waiting” the song has a deep flavor of pop, but it is different and unique and Randy Wayne Belt and company have a sound that is catchy and flavorful, and enjoyable. “Take Me to the Shade” is a song that has song of completion and the uniqueness of the guitar and rhythm section really has a sound that is all it’s own and has a linking to todays flavor of music. The melodies of the band are strong and vivid in a way that you hear all the trueness of this soon to be iconic band. The band has a sound has a sound that needs to be heard, with the next song called “Warm Embraces” brings in the sound of a kind of off the wall kind of song, but never the less Barley Station kept my music pallet flowing and wishing to hear more. “Long Ago Angel” the song has a sound that really makes a sound that really describes who the Barley Station is, with their consistent use of the deep feeling on the mandolin works has a sound that picks at your brain and is catchy and very flavorful, with the consistently good lyrics and the vocal abilities of Randy and Brian and backing vocals of Virginia Grey, the album is very expressive throughout. “Keep Me High” the band picks up the pace and the rhythm and the use of the double bass and the other ingredients within the band make a sound that really is good and enjoyable. “Must Be Something” starts out with a bang and Barley Station continues with the consistently great guitar works, and has a unique kind of flavor and there is a part in this song that the band brings in a full amount of fancy fret work and really sounded great and as I listened I noticed more on the flavor of what kind of band Barley Station is they are just a great band and the rhythm section is tremendous and most enjoyable and you can really hear this on this particular song. “Like Winter” starts out with that very sound that kept me attracted to the band, with the vocals and that ever present guitar work Randy & the Barley Station. the lyrics are really defined and shows that the Barley Station are not just music guys and gals they are musicians that actually write substantial lyrics and are very good at this throughout their wonderful music catalog including their last album, “Damaged Goods”. I fell in love with the sound of the song called “Double Star” this is where you really get a total feel of the harmonies and the eclectic fusion of the musicality of this superbly talented and crafty band called Barley Station. The song is a really great song and showcases the song writing abilities. I heard and loved the sound that was emitting from the blend of guitars all together that has a unique flavor that is all their own, and is very enjoyable. “Like Destiny” Barley Station, brings in their consistent sound with this and showcases their sound that really is deserving your ears total attention. Barley Station, and their music is a band that if you are into just superb music, look no further, they have arrived, and I’ve found them in Barley Station, and this particular song you can really take notice of their awesomeness. ” 4th Of July” is a fast paced song that can hear the true picks on the mandolin and the total fun of the band. The music on this song is expressive and I could really hear the total feeling of they were really enjoying themselves as they recorded this song. “Come On Down Hey” Barley Station brings in their consistent harmonies and the use of the mandolin throughout, and the rhythm section ushers this sound that is remarkable and I really enjoyed hearing this from a band. Some bands use the mandolin as a side, however with the Barley Station they have an ability to incorporate this within the total music mix throughout. This is a band that really deserves you bent ear as you listen you will really enjoy their ability to make a superb sounding song and this album is a fine example of this. I thank Randy Wayne for his friendship & wiliness to allow me to write a music review of them and showcase this wonderful band called Barley Station.
Steven F. Adams
Music Reviewer/Publicist/Journalist Owner SoundWaveOne
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