My hope is that through these reviews and input from others I can grow into a better writer and performer. I have no clue where Reverbnation finds these people who listen to their "crowd reviews" and provide a written response! Some read like they just fell off the back of the wagon and enjoyed a nice cocktail while listening. I take it all in stride as I walk down this path of passionate adventure. My goals are realistic as I don't believe my band or my solo efforts will be the next "BIG" thing, however; it is something where I spend much of my free time. I'm sure there is another band/person which would be better suited to take one of of my songs to the masses. Anyway, taking the temperture of the music is important to me as I pursue my internal passion to create noise.
So here are the review snippets I was provided for my song "Hard to Hold" -
- "This blue grass country song with heavy blues influence started out with a singer and
guitar. Once it got going it turned into the blue grass style. I think the
singer sounded more fit for blues but he was able to hold his own singing
this style. The guitar playing and banjo playing where both really good.
Musically very strong vocally it was ok. The recording was pretty clear as well".
- "Love the bluesy guitar and blues singing. Authentic and soulful. Love how it transforms into
a bluegrass song. Like the slide guitar, it adds to the quality of the song.
The male lead vocal is good as are they lyrics. The female harmony adds to
the value and is a good blend. I think this song can be a hit on radio, movies or video".
- "A classic and well drafted blues country tune. A great folksy melody drives you to get up on
your feel and dance a jig. The vocalist has a raw and gritty voice that has
some humor to it as well. The addition of the harmonized female vocalist
adds a nice subtle dimension and power to the song. The studio recording
production value is high quality. The guitar and other instruments weave a
simple while complicated harmony that is fun and dance-able. There is a
rough and catchy tempo to the song that makes you feel happy. I wouldn't
change a thing on this song. It is well done and refreshing for this genre."
- "Commercially this song can go far. It has depth combined with meaningful lyrics that tell a
story. From movies, games, albums, and even television theme songs, this is
a great choice in the genre. The nature of song in regarding to folklore
speaks to me gratefully. Clean and crisply recorded it has the potential to
be come a legendary hit. I'm giving it an 8 because it's a great song, but
needs that "X Factor" to truly impress me. Good Luck!"
- "Tough.....I like the words, and the artist has the voice to sing it too. I hear them in the
background getting down too. I think the writing and the artists delivery
with the harmonizing of the woman is what gets it. I would've actually liked
to hear her with him harmonizing together more throughout the song. Good song all over."
- "I like the simplicity to this song at the beginning. The lyrics are so simple as well,
but also pretty sad. The singer sings really well, and I like his connection
with Texas and Tennessee, two states I have lived in! Extra points to you sir! I love when the woman's voice also enters into the song, it sounds pretty good, the harmony and melody. The music overall flows
well with the style of the singer's voice. Good job guys!"
- "The vocals in the intro was whinny and didn't add anything to the song. I would like to hear
the fiddle a little more in the song not just the chorus. The vocals did not
mix well in the chorus and at the end of the song, the male vocal was out
powering the female voice. What ever the string instrument was at the end
was ok, but would like to have had more of the banjo it."
- "From the beginning I knew this song was going to be something different. The instrumental was
astonishing with the flourshing combination of guitar, banjo, and violin,
which is exactly why I love country music so much. The lyrics for country
songs are usually so relatable that this one passed."
- "Great intro! It's a classic folkish country song. It definitely has an edge to it, and I find
myself grooving to it. I imagine this would be a great song to dance to
live. The instrumentals could be louder. At the moment it seems like the
vocals are separate from the instrumentals. I would suggest more than one
backup singer in the background. I'm liking the energy of the song overall."
- "The vocals have nice style to them you can hear the country and the soul in this mans voice. I
think he vocals come off being distinct with some confidence thrown in
there. The music was simple and it was just a guitar and I like how the
tempo changed it was flawless. I think the guitar was played cleanly and it
had this really good and had a ton of rhythm in it as well. This artist
voice was amazing along with the guitar. The guy is very skilled at what he
- "The singer and guitar starting this country song in a classic country style is quite a
bluegrass style. The lyrics so far is about the singer leaving different
women that were always no good and travel the country to find another place
to live. The rate of speed in this is quite fast. The instruments has some
decent dynamics. The elements in this track are all well in sync with each other."
- "The vocals and the instruments in the introduction were balanced well. The vocals varied from
highs and lows in the song. The instruments were focused on the tempo. The
middle of the song seemed dull. The pitch and the musicians were rich with
character. The female vocalist added a rhythmic feeling to the song. The
ending of the song was engaging to the listener. Overall it was a good piece
of work, and the artist had a lot of compelling tones in his vocal."
- "Ay, dirty country on offer here. The way we like it... 'Well I had a girl in Texas' starts off this
one and that's indeed where it sounds like its coming from. Some stunning
banjo picking throughout holds the song throughout while the male singer
tells his story of constant life on the road while the occasional female
vocals shine through for some beautiful harmonies and story trade offs. Hope
to hear much more of these in the near future".
- "Head to the south! This song is as country as it gets with a little folk and bluegrass! Lots of
twang in the vocals and in the instrumentals. The banjo compliments this male vocalists strong sexy voice. He sings clearly and articulates well. The female vocals chime in at times but she cannot be understood most of the
time. The beat is catchy and I find myself dancing in my seat. The melody is
fresh and hip. I could see this song playing on any country radio station
across the nation! I could see it being popular in juke boxes and in clubs.
Its an all around fresh song with an upbeat tempo!"
- "This country song sounds like something that my dad would have sung when he was alive. The
banjo along with the male lead singer just makes this song epic. I love this
song for how country it really is. The fiddle just is the icing on the cake
to this song. I can see this going down big time around where I live and in
the mountains. The beat is not half bad and I can find myself getting into
the beat of the song and its not often that I will do that with country
music. Props to the people who made this song. Good work!"
Thanks everyone for your support of LIVE local music! Thank you for your support of Jim Fish and the band Mountain Country too! Hope to see you next time I'm out sharing some songs. Til then I'll keep writing and you keep listening!