Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.
Monday, May 2, 2011
"Born Fancy" review
The Fancy Dan Band is based in San Francisco and plays a mixture between country, rock'n'roll and blues - so to say some of the most important musical genres in one style. "Born Fancy" was recorded in a three-day session in Nashville in 2008 as the group's debut, which will be the subject of today's review. The album kicks off with "Wake Up Fancy", a bluesy, smoking tune that clarifies the sound of this album. Group leader Fancy Dan's relaxed vocals, simple arrangements, a solid rhythm section and nice guitar licks from lead guitarist Michael Loebs. All in all, a down-home country and blues rock'n'roll.
The second track is a little bit slower but still has a nice rock'n'roll sound to it. The rhythm guitar intro really reflects the band's blues influence. "So Long", the third track, is a slow number with a country-pop influence. The remaining nine tracks follow the scheme of the first three songs, which makes "Born Fancy" a groundstanding, enjoyable album. Other highlights for me are "By the Shore," "Use Me," "Poor Rich Man" and "I Wanna Be Born." In my opinion, the Fancy Dan Band is a good alternative to the usual rockabilly bands - you can imagine sitting in an old honky tonk, listen to Fancy Dan and his band playing on the stage and drinking a cold beer.
Go to the Fancy Dan Band's website