Monday, January 6, 2014

CD Review: New Breakthrough EPs From Western Avenue And The Loomis Fargo Gang

From Ontario, Canada comes the country music trio Western Avenue with their latest self-titled release. The group was nominated this past year for the Best Duo or Group category at the 2013 Ontario Country Music Association. The single "Wherever You Are" is already invading the U.S. country/roots charts and the band will be hitting a couple U.S. stops on their current tour.

The seven-song EP begins with Nikki English on lead vocals for "This I Promise You." Their sounds mirrors Lady Antebellum at times, as their hit single "Wherever You Are" has a strong, memorable chorus. The trio pour their hearts into the ballad "Without Saying Bye," before throwing some rock n roll into their country sound on "Heaven Bound."

To find out more about this quickly rising new country band, please visit their website at

From Virginia comes the airy, folk sounds of The Loomis Fargo Gang with their latest album "The Prettiest Shade of Blue." The album was released this past summer and was recently nominated for Best Americana Album by VEER Magazine.

The eight-song EP starts out with the gentle sound of "Seventeen White Azaleas" as their music and words bring you on a relaxing journey. The laid, back acoustics of "Trampoline" are a great introduction to their country/folk appeal, before the quick acoustic story of "Birds." The highlight of the album has to be the slightly up-tempo "Tootsie And The Breeze" with its fun, skat-like chorus. The album closes with the sweet two-minute "Picking Blueberries," which puts your mind at ease with the mellow acoustic strumming.

To find out more about The Loomis Fargo Gang, please visit their Facebook page at

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