Dan Rodriguez review…June 4, 2015…

DAN RODRIGUEZ

COME ON HOME

SELF-RELEASED

COME ON HOME–NEW KIND OF LOVE–CALIFORNIA–IT’S ABOUT YOU–RUM RIVER–STORM–I’LL BE WAITING (WHEN YOU COME HOME)–MILK AND HONEY–SECOND CHANCES–BELIEVE

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Dan Rodriguez took a huge leap of faith with his latest album, ten originals that comprise “Come On Home.”  First off, he ventured to Nashville and recorded this set at the brand-new Octane Studios, marking the first project in that studio.  And, along with the bittersweet looks at life and love–which are all full of honesty and emotion–one will also find a few catchy, surprisingly-soulful, more pop-oriented tunes.

Case in point–the centerpiece of the album is the track, “I’ll be Waiting For You (When You Come Home),” already used in an ad for Budweiser featuring a faithful dog who patiently waits for his master to get home, who has opted to spend the night somewhere after a night of drinking, rather than risk driving  while intoxicated.  That one served as our favorite, but there are several other standout cuts.  Dan utilizes guitar and keyboard on the uptempo groove about that “New Kind Of Love,” the kind where “the music’s playing and the radio’s off.”  That same formula drives the Motown-flavored “I don’t need Milk And Honey–all I need is your love,” with a sweet backing chorus.  The set closes with a song of redemption, teaching us the lesson that whatever your situation, you can “fill your heart with hopes and dreams if you just Believe.”

Dan Rodriguez imparts some fine life lessons over the course of the cuts that comprise “Come On Home.”  He is an immensely-talented young man that we will no doubt be hearing a lot more from in the future!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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