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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Coming from a place (and a label) not exactly known for its grinding Southern rock-influenced alt-country, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band play music that sounds a lot closer to something that might exist in Nashville rather than Orange County. Not that this is authentic country, but the band clearly doesn't mean it to be, either -- there are strong jam band leanings as well as more straightforward rock ones, the kind of stuff played by guys who grew up both on hardcore punk (and then listened to the singer/songwriter stuff a lot of them got into later) and the Allman Brothers, with lyrics a lot closer to something by O.A.R. than Johnny Cash, simple rhymes, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Coming from a place (and a label) not exactly known for its grinding Southern rock-influenced alt-country, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band play music that sounds a lot closer to something that might exist in Nashville rather than Orange County. Not that this is authentic country, but the band clearly doesn't mean it to be, either -- there are strong jam band leanings as well as more straightforward rock ones, the kind of stuff played by guys who grew up both on hardcore punk (and then listened to the singer/songwriter stuff a lot of them got into later) and the Allman Brothers, with lyrics a lot closer to something by O.A.R. than Johnny Cash, simple rhymes, and straightforward themes. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band are out to have a good time, to entertain, to rock, and because of this, there's a lot of diversity among the tracks of their debut full-length, First You Live, from the gospel-ish "Keys to the Truck" to the banjo-filled "Leaving Tennessee" to the mainstream rock of "Strike" to the outlaw country-influenced "Grampa Mac." In fact, there's almost too much diversity. The songs move around so much, sometimes even within the same piece (in "Dear Honey," for example, which switches between mandolin-driven British folk-inspired and more raucous bits, à la Dropkick Murphys-lite, a little disconcertingly), never quite settling into a sound before it changes, that listeners are merely tempted by what they could have but are not satisfied by what they are given. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band seem to be trying so hard to show off their various influences that they're unable to define and show who they actually are, thereby losing some of what they actually could be, and making First You Live fall a little short.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Side One Dummy
  • UPC: 603967134223
  • Catalog Number: 71342
  • Sales rank: 365,959

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:37)
  2. 2 First You Live (4:12)
  3. 3 Leaving Tennessee (2:43)
  4. 4 Ghost Trails (4:47)
  5. 5 Dear Honey (3:27)
  6. 6 Oh Icicle (2:30)
  7. 7 Strike (3:53)
  8. 8 Keys to the Truck (2:23)
  9. 9 Then You Pass (3:31)
  10. 10 Street Fighter (5:07)
  11. 11 Grampa Mac (3:55)
  12. 12 Goodnight, Moonshine (5:16)
  13. 13 The Ballad of Graff (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band Primary Artist
Anthony Arvizu Percussion
Stephen Hodges Timpani
Phillip Inzerillo Trombone
Andrea Babinski Mandolin, Violin, Vocals
Kyle Divine Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Dustin Apodaca Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Edson Choi Banjo, Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Allen Van Orman Bass
Eric Chirco Drums
Jared Parsons Saxophone
Megan McCliesh Vocals
Eric Chirco Drums
Allen Van Orman Bass Guitar
Katie Mendenhall Cello
Edson Choi Banjo, Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Jack Lara Trumpet
Kyle Divine Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Dustin Apodaca Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Inzerillo Trombone
Tim Schneider Drums
Technical Credits
Anthony Arvizu Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Jeff Lightning Lewis Engineer
Andrea Babinski Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Marcus Samperio Engineer
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band Composer
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    If members of classic rock icons The Band and progressive rock’s Yes had decided to fuse their distinct styles, it might sound a bit like Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. From the country-western shout along “Keys to the Truck” and the 1970s-styled prog rocker “Street Fighter” to the shimmering alt country gem “Goodnight, Moonshine” and fiddle-anchored alt rocking title track, the forthcoming “First You Live” is clearly one of the most exciting debuts of 2007.

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