song from the Scarlet Kings is a treat, especially for someone like
myself who primarily listens to the melodies in songs. This is a
group that is unique, but in such a way that they draw in listeners,
leaving them feeling completely satisfied and impressed.
those of you who are unfamiliar with this exceptional group, I will
mention that they began when the sons of Carl Edmonson,
producer/musician, decided to start a band. When Josh and Dan
Edmonson, a guitarist and a drummer, met Aaron Patrick and recruited
him as lead singer, the music began to come together. The group
later added Patrick Martin on bass and Mark Evitts on fiddle and
in the studio, with a few additions by some talented musicians, Tim
May, Tom Bentley and Dean Holman, the songs that Scarlet Kings had
chosen for their debut album came together flawlessly.
“Anchorman” is my personal favorite on the album, probably because
it’s the most upbeat, entertaining song of the bunch. It creates a
whole new perspective for a happy love song. I also love that Aaron
Patrick plays harmonica on the track. Singing and playing harmonica
in one song, now that takes talent (and a whole lot of air!); take a
second and admire the instrumentals, especially at the end of this
it was a great tune on piano, no other instrumental song has ever
drawn me in the way “Viology” did on this album. “Viology”
encompasses sounds from several instruments, beginning with some
incredible fiddle, leading to piano, and including everything in
who have ears that love a delicate voice combined with a beautiful
piano melody will love “Consider This,” a song which showcases
Patrick’s voice magnificently. Every bit of “Don’t Turn Around” and
“Love and Reason,” two great upbeat songs on the album, is great as
well. “Hold the Line” and “Never Will,” which slow it down slightly,
captured my attention the first time around thanks to their strong
messages and striking melodies.
when I thought it couldn’t get any better than their album, I was
invited to see them perform live at the House of Blues in Chicago.
If there is one country/rock band that can really rock, it’s
The Scarlet Kings. The energy this band shows on stage is
incredible; it is like nothing I have ever seen before. Patrick
surprises the crowd with his talent (and apparently large lung
capacity) on harmonica while Mark Evitts and the rest of the band
demonstrate their superiority as musicians.
by the Scarlet Kings are now available on iTunes, and they have a
wonderful, easy to navigate MySpace page as well. Not only are they
incredibly talented artists, performers and songwriters, but they
are also one of the friendliest bands I have ever met. Be sure to
check these guys out immediately.