Alex Austin (vocals/guitars/keyboards), Justin Dore (guitars/vocals), Mike Kanoza (drums/vocals) and Matt Kuczynski (bass/keyboards) are Deerfield Run. The band formed in 2016 and recently released Reckless.
The album contains ten songs and sounds very professional from the beginning to the end. I was a fan of the production and engineering. It sounds like a talented band playing in a room together. The music is about as American sounding as you can get. I mean this band is somewhere between The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and John Mellencamp.
The band is tight and the songs are well written. There is also no doubt a strong sense of familiarity to these songs especially anyone familiar with the Americana genre. The band more or less takes a lot of their moves from the playbook of Americana rock from the lap steel guitar of the reflective and nostalgic track “Reckless” to the outro guitar solo on “Out of the Blue.”
There is a sense of cohesion when listening to songs like “Denver,” “Grafton” and “Gypsy Song.” One of my favorites was “Do I Know You?” which had a spaghetti western vibe at points and could be in a Quentin Tarantino film.
The album is a mix of ballads and more high energy tunes as it progresses. “Too High A Price,” “Break a Good Habit” and “Weight On Me” were all solid songs. I really enjoyed the closer “Wheels” which was slick. Kudos to Kanoza on this track.
My only critique is the band never really explores past the genre they play into and personally I like a little mystery. I never had the sense of unpredictability that I sometimes enjoy. They embrace the themes and sort of general mood this genre has offered countless times before. On that note there is no arguing they do it extremely well. The whole band from a technical standpoint are on point. I would say their songwriting within the range of Americana is also well developed and they can deliver a ballad that might make you reflect or a high energy riff that gets your adrenaline pumping. Recommended.
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