R Etheridge &T Carey
Riley Etheridge: Riley Etheridge, Jr. may call New York City his home now, but his music sounds like he's still living down South. A South Carolina native, Etheridge spent many years living - and playing music - in Louisiana, and listening to his sophomore effort, "Powder Keg," it's as if he has never left.
"Powder Keg" ignites with the fiery Southern-style, blues-rocking title track that opens the disc, and Etheridge keeps a Louisiana groove going on songs like the funky "Scene of the Crime," the lively, Zydeco-flavored "She's Ready Already" and the soulful rocker "Look At The State We're In" (a heartfelt commentary on his beloved state where "levee come down and water rushes in."). Etheridge's musical journeys on this 10-song set also take listeners to Texas on his cover of Willis Alan Ramsey's "Northeast Texas Women," while the generational ode "54 Cadillac" (penned by Etheridge's producer and longtime collaborator Wendell Tilley) reflects "a very real thing for men in the South not to share their feelings," confides Etheridge. This idea of exploring the emotions that we keep right below the surface is one that Etheridge explores on "Powder Keg." In the poignant, Zevon-esque "Nothing To Hide," he examines how male bravado and vulnerability can affect relationships.
This Chicago born, guitar slinging songwriter hit the top forty iTunes charts with his 2010 EP release "After the Morning After". "Todd Carey not only attracts your attention, he holds it...Carey's music is filled with class, style and the occasional electric guitar that strokes the listeners' curiosity level making it an easy decision to want to hear more."
Produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Five for Fighting) The new "After The Morning After" EP "kind of runs the course of a relationship," Todd describes. "My last record was about the birth and the bright-eyed newness of a relationship, but this group of songs is more diverse."
Todd knows the touring routine well, as he crisscrossed the country, playing over 250 shows, selling out hometown shows in Chicago and Wisconsin, and became a fixture on the college circuit while promoting "Watching Waiting" released through Universal's Independent Distro (Fontana)