June 20, 2017; Nashville, TN. My man Rick and the band present six tunes that will linger in your musical mind long after you turn your player off. If you remember, I covered his performance in Ladson, South Carolina at the “Honky Tonk Saloon” last February (I still can’t believe there is really a venue with that name! lol) This CD sampler dropped last month. I mentioned to Rick that, since I do not have a CD player in my new apartment, that I could only review it while driving in the car and he said the trips might have to be short because it is an “EP”. you know what? I took many pleasurable “short trips” to listen again and again…
Here are the tracks. In reverse order, they are:
The bluesy and soulful with Memphis-like horns, “Rage On”; a Country-rocker, the first one I would play on my ‘Pajama Bar’ radio show, “Moment Like This”; a great title song, “Gypsy Soul”; the mid-tempo with sexy-delicious lyrics, “Ease On Down”; another C-Rocker (rock-her) in “Better” and his romantic smash from the winter of 2017, “This Side of You”.
I dig the many metaphors on “Better”! “She’s like that first sip of coffee/that first drag on a cigarette…” Great word-pictures! I once had one whose kiss was “like that first sip of an ice-cold Heineken” lol
Cut four is the title track, “Gypsy Soul” and some of those lyrics could be part of my personal theme song; I really identify with it! No non-rebels need apply.
From one “Gypsy Soul” to another, I believe, as a man who is nomadic as a “gypsy”, if you ask some of my peers who don’t know I know how they feel about me, there is certainly nothing wrong with that theme nor this diverse set of songs encompassing it. I do want to mention the late, great Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions who sang the R&B hit, “Gypsy Woman” because of the title and lyrical neighborhood point of reference herein.
While Rick Monroe’s core audience is Country music, he surly can cross over into other genres.
This is a five-acoustic guitar EP! I rage that you bring on the full album, Rick! Safe travels, Pioneer. Cheers.
(I’ll update the video when he releases the feature-length scenes, K?)
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