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Evan Bartels is a lot of things, but above all else he is a storyteller. He has dedicated his life to living in a way that encompasses all facets of the human experience and capturing those feelings and emotions in his songwriting. The words that you can't find when you wish only to know someone has felt what you are feeling... that's what is put into his songs and they grab you and resonate in your bones.
Hailing from Southeast Nebraska, Bartels and his band of brothers are making honest, hard hitting, Americana Rock that is not easily forgotten.
After three years without a new full length album from the esteemed songwriter Brad Lauretti, This Frontier Needs Heroes has completed their fourth studio album Real Job. The title provides insight as to how he has spent his time in between albums: working hard. Lauretti did everything he could to become a full-time musician. He faced the daunting journey of touring full-time at every possible house show, festival, bar, brewery, and listening room across Florida, the South, and even the West Coast.
Much like their previous album 2013’s Hooky, the sound required assistance from additional band members which brings a relentless wave of energy that refuses to cease from track to track with the help of guitar, violin, drums, bass, pedal steel, and keys. The main difference with Real Job is a slight genre change, working from an eclectic indie rock mix to a more straight ahead Folk/Americana feel, which makes for their most concise sound yet. The hard work put in over the past three years has only helped to increase their musical maturity and establish themselves as a reputable source of talent, and live performance.
The rich musical history of Athens, GA, must have seeped through the walls of the Glow Studio because this album is filled to the brim with creativity, intricate lyrics, while giving off a vibe just shy of effortless. You can easily picture the band members leisurely rolling through the complex rhythms while Lauretti’s chill attitude contrasts the lyrics tinged with fiery instances of revolt. This new collection of songs was written over a two-week period during October 2015 while Lauretti was attending the Stetson Kennedy Songwriting Residency at Beluthahatchee Park (Fruit Cove, FL), this is the same place where Woody Guthrie wrote over 80 songs and Kennedy, himself, wrote some of his greatest works providing a solid source of inspiration. While the overall sound may be simple, the lyrics will challenge you to think. There’s nothing “easy-listening” about it.