From the diverse lands of Cincinnati, comes a well-thought, well-produced team of bluesmen with something special to share. These guys are at their best with fast paced acoustic strumming and borderline honky-tonk vocals but that’s not all that Elk Creek has in store on the swampy yet dance-y Greenfield Project. Look out for a drop in tempo here and there as well as some mean harmonica that couldn’t be any more southern swagger. I like that they have that tinge of old country rock in their sound, it keeps them from getting washed out by all the passive singer/songwriter styles out there today.
The groovy breakdowns following the chorus of “Front Porch” make it an easy standout. And just wait for that harmonica solo in the outro. That thing could go on for another five minutes and I’d be ok with it. Maybe putting this song last was an odd choice but that’s more to do with its predecessors making little impact. This album is a game of hills and valleys but worth the climb.
Greenfield Project is the outcome of five skilled and educated musicians coming together and sharing their unique perspective through the appeal of folk rock and the passion of blues. Think Ryan Adams meets Blues Traveler and a pinch of Barenaked Ladies. “Bound To Break” really pushes to be the single and I think it fits well enough. The beat matches right along with the guitar and creates a very driving effect where you can’t help but just bob along. The vocal harmony before the last refrain is gold, wouldn’t mind getting some more of that. Keeping the momentum going,
“Moonshine” is a fun romp with harmonica lead and barn party feeling. “I’m doin well, feelin fine with my moonshine.” Seems legit. Just don’t go blind. “Hard To Say” and “Gold In My Hand” are nice breaks from the quick pace beginnings and use some classic rock elements almost channeling Led Zeppelin especially on “Gold.” Elk Creek have a great time on this album and it definitely translates in real time.
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