I was reading about Terry Derosier’s story before listening to his release Thunderin' Down The Road. The story bares repeating becomes it sounds a little like how a superhero gained his power. Derosier was working on a construction site when he had a bad fall. Apparently he hit his head hard and had to step down as the CEO. On his road to recovery “something strange began to happen. He would hear words or see images and it would almost instantly turn into a song. At the time of the initial accident, Derosier also had bleeding on the brain. I don’t know if some of the wires in my head got crossed, but the creative side of my brain was really stimulated. The lyrics and songs were just flowing out now."
After I read that I was expecting experimental, cutting edge music for some reason. It’s not exactly what I got. It was very familiar sounding, warm americana music. The music felt wholesome and the album art of a motorcycle on the open road with sunshine reflects the tone of the songs.
Derosier’s music goes down with no problems but the influence is often obvious and he doesn't’ deviate from the musicians handbook of things that should occur in a song. I liked his voice, the songs were well written but there were zero surprises good or bad. The songs range from Jimmy Buffet type sing-alongs as we hear on “Carolina Always on My Mind” to clean americana that we hear on “Restless Dreamer.” “Thunderin’ Down The Road” reminded me a lot of “Turn The Page” while “Ten Thousand Ways” is a bright love song. I really enjoyed the bluegrass stylings of “Hot Summer Sun.”
Derosier is a talented musician. He has a really enjoyable voice and he can write a memorable melody. I have to admit I wanted more of a signature sound.
All the proceeds for this release go to FeedAKid.org. On that note if you are looking for straight forward americana style rock that is well performed with plenty of emotion then you should support the cause.
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