Flyinshoes Review

Welcome to FSR our Roots Music Reviewers & Pod/broadcasters Community

Here are some of the artists we are helping "Look for America"

A full integrated conventional and digital media promotion service for the independently minded musician.

Become a Patron!


Portland, Oregon-based, Blitzen Trapper combine elements of rock, pop and a little country to great effect; not least you have the evocative nature of the lyrics. The band have toured for the better part of two decades, during which time they have released their breakthrough album, Furr (2008) and staged a musical entitled Wild & Reckless (that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage). Hence the title of the record, and with it an extension of the stage show the musical is given a shot in the arm as you have killer story-ballad “Joanna” (performed in a fashion Bruce Springsteen has tried to obtain; in his quest to replicate the folk ramblings of Woody Guthrie) lead the charge. It is such a peach of a song it is of a quality near impossible to follow. 

Variances in the music may not always be of my preferred taste, but there are many out there that will love all their music. “Rebel” opens the album in dynamic fashion as it speaks of a man who on following in his father’s footsteps falls foul of a scam, and with “Wild And Reckless” next up the music is nothing if not exciting. Such the magnitude of the driving rhythm (Brian Adrian Koch; drums, vocals; Michael Van Pelt; bass) and adventure as stellar electric lead guitar (Erik Menteer; like Marty Marquis (vocals) he too plays keyboards) accompany genial front man, Eric Earley on lead vocals. 

While I could have done without the extended opening on “No Man’s Land”, but with “Stolen Hearts” up next normal service is resumed as the record drops back into a winning groove as more fine music is offered. “Dance With Me” has more twang as the 1980s is revisited, but far more to my taste is the finer cultivated keyboards aided “Love Live On”. 

“When I’m Dying” edges more towards rock, but still under the Americana umbrella. Better in my mind is “Baby Won’t You Turn Me On” before you have the experimental visual styled “Forever Pt.2” and, keyboards warmed “Wind Don’t Always Blow” round off the record. 

Maurice Hope 

Views: 8

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Flyinshoes Review to add comments!

Join Flyinshoes Review


Keep the wheels on the hub

Become a Patron!

Would like to contribute to FSR and the House Concert Hub? Please help keep the wheels on the hub, this site is run on House Concert Principles and relies on your donation. Thank You for keeping this in mind



Face Book

The Medicine Show is the home of the House Concert here is our rolling news


This site is the sister site to The House Concert Hub community and has been inherited in the main by kind donation of Shaun Belcher and Trailer Star.

It is the sum total of over ten years of tending a tender love of music by Shaun, a life time with Trailer Star and five or so years of an association with Rob Ellen from Medicine Music.

The House Concert Hub community will use it for the purpose of providing a online, all singing all dancing, review and preview area for the music of the community, and the music community at large. Have a look around tell your friends use the share button, tell the world.

We need reviewers, the idea is we have a correspondents in every area of the musical global village, it will be edited and co-ordinated by Rob Ellen of Medicine Music publicist promoter and presenter, if you wish to subscribe as a correspondent, join up here and drop Rob a line, he will send you cd's and send you to shows, display and publicise your content.

Here starts an other adventure.

  Visit The House Concert European Hub (& Acoustic Music Club Network)

April 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

© 2018   Created by The Medicine Show.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Site Meter