First You Live

First You Live

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by Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Side One Dummy
UPC:
0603967134223
catalogNumber:
71342

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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
Isaiah Owens   Audio Production
Jeff Lightning Lewis   Engineer
Andrea Babinski   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Marcus Samperio   Engineer
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band   Composer

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First You Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.