Monocle Band review…October 18, 2017….

MONOCLE BAND

THE CLEARING

MEDICINE–NOT IF I HAVE MY WAY–SOLACE–ALL THIS DARK–ON THE BANKS OF THE STREAM–WATER SONG–LORA LEE–CLEAR MUD–SAD-EYED GIRL–THE CLEARING

The Boulder, Colorado-based Monocle Band features the golden voice of Monica Marie and songwriter/guitarist Bill Huston, a man with a keen way around a lyric.  Their second full-length album is set for an October 20, 2017, release, and is entitled “The Clearing.”  This set differs from their 2013 debut, as it has more electric guitar and piano, while staying true to the band’s roots in folk, bluegrass, and even pre-WWII blues.

For the most part, the pair alternate the lead vocal throughout the set on each song, but, when they do sing together, their voices mesh quite well.  Their characters have the same ups, downs, flaws, and little victories as do we all.  Our heroine’s introduction to love leads off the set, where Dusty Rider’s banjo adds the spice to “Medicine,” as our lovers “move the wind with hips and soul.”  Monica tackles dealing with depression in “Solace” and “Clear Mud,” where she yearns for “a brighter day” as redemption.  It also features producer John McVey on electric guitar.  Bill looks at our own mortality and the loss of a child in the poignant “All This Dark,” while the pair duets on a story of unrequited love, courtesy of “Lora Lee,”

Our favorite was Bill’s good ole “murder ballad.”  A bank robbery goes as wrong as wrong can be, and our hero “still may hang,” but “Not If I Have My Way.”  This one features Sam Parks on mandolin.

A set full of eye-opening characters over clever folk/bluegrass arrangements drives “The Clearing” from Monocle Band.  Monica Marie and Bill Huston bring a varied, fresh sound to these ten originals that is bound to please their long-time fans, while bringing new ones,  including us, into the fold!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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