not expecting to be discovered, but we are going to go to
Nashville at least four or five times in the coming year, to
play our music and try to get some attention.”
~Steve Trent: NUVO magazine.
I’m confused. Depending which
photo you look at, this popular and emerging band from
Indiana is either a five-piece or an eight-piece outfit. No
matter and no worry. Size may matter for some, but to me
these guys more than compensate with a sound that’s
exciting, original and promising.
A look to their web site shows a
fan–friendly band. And no wonder. These guys rock. In an
article for NUVO, Trent gave a candid answer to the
motivation of the unsigned band: “We’re doing this for the
music and the opportunity to reach and meet as many people
as we can. And we’re having fun playing for people.”
With their self-funded The
Long Road album, produced by Mark Johnson, the even
blend of balladry, rock and country shows Trent & Co may do
doing their act for fun – for now – but their sound is proof
enough that wider fame is within reach.
I first heard of the band when I
received a sampler for my radio show. “Sounds Like A Plan”,
the hotshot “should-be” hit of a single, complete with
blaring riffs and a pounded backbeat, had my attention in a
minute. Lead vocalist Trent nailed the tale of summer days,
rum and cola and all the associated frills that chase beach,
sun and surf with a voice that delivers with full country
vitality. With 3 minutes and 17 seconds of toe-tappin, no
frills, straight-ahead country crossover, there’s only one
question: Why? Why hasn’t radio jumped onto this fan
favorite and pushed it into rotation? But what radio leaves
behind, fans quickly scoop up – a point well shown on the
bands well-serviced Face Book page.
Whether the guys are hitting
their straps with the rockier cuts – “Sounds Like A Plan”,
“Turning It Up A Notch” or the driving tale of heated
romance on “Way Too Hot Not To Handle” – or slowing to an
easier cruise with “For Now”, or the honesty of “Loving You”
or “I’m Right Where She Left Me”, this is a thumbs-up
The album is available now.