Ramblin’ Kind / Bourbon Express / Roger Street Friedman Band
The Ramblin’ Kind are a New York City country band with a penchant for old-school licks and iconoclastic ideas. Singer/guitarist Jim Allen, lead guitarist Matt Applebaum, bassist Paul Foglino, and drummer Steve Goulding serve up songs with tons of twang and lyrics that would get them tarred and feathered in Nashville. “This kind of honky-tonk music is hard to come by here in the city. Check them out!” - NY Country Music Examiner
Bourbon Express, described by Country Music People as “a band doing real country music,” is wife and husband, Katie (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Brendan (guitar) Curley, and Sarah Kinsey (vocals), whose original country music features harmonies, Telecaster guitar, pedal steel, and fiddle. The band’s latest album, Cry About It Later, was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig and produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Steve Earle, Joan Jett). Rootstime calls it “simply gold.”
Singer-songwriter Roger Street Freidman is 54, a husband and a father of two, and about to release his masterwork, Shoot The Moon. It’s a full-emotional spectrum collection of vivacious and reflective vignettes from real life that recalls the pop-rock singer-songwriter tradition of Jackson Browne, Marc Cohn, Randy Newman, Colin Hay, Bruce Hornsby, and Mark Knopfler. Few artists make albums like this today. In an age of irony, few songwriters are this brave in their vulnerability, and possess Friedman’s gift for penning hook-laden, emotionally resonant, pop-rock.