Dearling review…January 30, 2019…

DEARLING

SILVER AND GOLD

WHAT I DON’T NEED–SILVER AND GOLD–CHAMPION–REAL LOVE

Denver, CO-based quartet Dearling burst onto the Americana scene with their debut, “Inheritance,” and knew, afterwards, that they’d have to up the ante on their sophomore release to keep up with the changing tastes of today’s sometimes-hard-to-please listeners.  Thus, they have just completed “Silver And Gold,” for release on February 22.  It is a four-song EP that focuses on the incredible talents of vocalist Rachel James and guitarist/vocalist Dave Preston.  This is what they  refer to as “Colorado country,” meaning that it is comprised of several influences, including alt-country, rock, and folk.  Rounding out the foursome are brothers Joel and Noah Matthews, on drums and bass, respectively, and long-time fixtures on the Colorado scene.

This set leads off with the radio-ready duet of our lovers proclaiming their love for one another, “like something strong in my cup,” “What I Don’t Need,” a fine shot of contemporary country with a touch of rock.  The set closes in a similar vein, with the more subdued tones of “Real Love.  Here, our lovers realize that true love is “the kind that don’t hide.”  In between, the title cut served as our favorite.  “Silver And Gold” looks at the everyday hero–not necessarily the Lebrons or the Bradys, but the firemen, policemen, teachers, and others who are “warmin’ up the cold” for others, treatin’ love like Silver And Gold.”

Dave and Rachel married in 2014, and their creative talents began making music that tells a story.  They have become extremely comfortable in their writing, and “Silver And Gold” brings to life the concepts of true love and everyday heroes.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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