New Music: Bryce Alastair and The Booze ‘N Blues is too Young to be this Blue

Bryce Alastair

Bryce Alastair and the Booze ‘N Blues is an indie band out of Jacksonville,FL.He is a young singer/songwriter who is reminiscent of two musicians who have such a unique sound that one would think it impossible to replicate such a style. “Tommy the Drifter,” sounds like a sped-up version of Johnny Cash—think “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line”—but instead of Johnny’s voice, it is one that is more like Tom Waits. There is an appealing raspiness to the vocals, the listener must acquire an ear for over time; it took me months of listening, pausing, reflecting, and re-listening before I came to appreciate Tom Waits.

Alastair’s music is very ‘bluesy,’ the most bluesy I have ever listened to and still enjoyed, which is likely due to the folksy elements as well. The tempo of the music is swift enough to prevent me from sinking into a depressed mood. That is the biggest barrier I have with developing a liking for ‘authentic’ blues music. I enjoy sad songs as much as anyone, but not the ones that seem directionless, and make me want to assume the fetal position.

There are straight-up,Deep South blues sounds, minus the harmonica. There are also country-sounding songs, like “Guitar Toting Outlaw.” I even hear elements of Spanish-style acoustic guitar in “Vampire Song.” Lyrically, Alastair covers current events, best exemplified by “Until the Bomb.” He also wrote a nice-sounding, but sad, love song, “To Be with U.” Note the back-and-forth between the mellow verses and the powerful chorus, the softly unfolded story of failed love, followed by the painful declaration that his dreams—his desires—never match up with his reality.

Like Bob Dylan, Alastair varies his voice, song-by-song, ranging from somewhat soft and with nice pitch, like young Dylan, to rough and tough, like old Dylan. Like blues music, Alastair sings more from the ‘soul’ than many other genres of music and musicians do. The effect of listening to his songs lingers inside you, long after you listen. His music is more than just about listening. You will know you have reached a new level appreciation for it when you will feel his music inside you.

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4 responses to “New Music: Bryce Alastair and The Booze ‘N Blues is too Young to be this Blue

  1. You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually one thing which I believe I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very large for me. I am having a look forward in your subsequent post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    • Thanks very much. I like that I make it look easy. In some ways it is, and in some ways it is not. It is a time-consuming endeavor to hunt for bands, find the ones I like enough to be able to write an entire profile about, listen to their songs over and over again, and then finally produce the actual article. I tend to have the music playing and replaying as I compose the articles, and that allows me to feel the music and allow it to impact the emotions I convey in my words. Just find something you love, in my case music, and describe how it all makes you feel, and you will be successful at whatever you create.

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