These are quotes from the critics we sent our CD to. Full reviews are farther down: Cyrus Rhodes ~The Muse’s Muse    “Bailin brings the mojo and lets it all hang out with a lot of groove-ability and more than enough soul to go around.” “a blast to listen to and is a strong musical production from start to finish.” “highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved.” “The musicianship is first rate, the songs are quite dynamic and in extend play format many” will enjoy. Bill Copeland ~ Music News    “This is a unit that shines as much during their ensemble portions as they do during guitar and harmonica phrases.” “Bailin’s voice practically kisses the ear when he’s belting out with all his heart and soul.” “Bailin and his Bailouts have come up with a very strong album of very meaningful rock and roll and R&B.”  “Buy it at once and see if you too can’t wait to catch them live.”  Lauren Austin ~ Indie Music Reviews   “you can’t help but fall in love with these recordings” “Grateful Dead fans will love this record.”  “Invigorating, it will lift your spirits, and give you a sense of hope that real good rock/blues/soul is not officially pronounced dead yet.”  Andrew Stewart ~ Skope Mag  “fell in love with it, and subsequently the band in the process. “  “A new sound with an old classic rocking blues feel.” William Young ~ Band Blurb .com  “powerful full of mystery and soul.”  “it’s nice to know there are a few artists out there that can still deliver music and playing that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time.” “The solo guitar work from Eric Reardon is off the hook good.” “Bailin and his red hot band break the mold.” Mathew Sterner ~ Music Emissions  “this band is about pushing boundaries, redefining the current industry” “9 exhilarating tracks to chew on and offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music that inspires the soul.” Alex Chapman ~ All What Rocks  “kick-ass band and an intriguing repertoire of timeless tunes.” “hooked from the first track” “the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly.” Robin Clevenger ~ Gig Band   “moving and elegiac artistic statement from start to finish.” “In a nutshell this is Tom Petty meets Joe Bonamassa”  “highly original, unique and dare I say brilliant in its delivery” Jim Rantala ~ Indie Shark  “the Bailin sound is a testament to how he insists on shifting the face of blues-rock” “intelligent lyrics and catchy melody”   Joshua Masterson ~ Indie Artist Alliance  “everything that good rock should be sweeping voluminous rapid-fire bluesy record that hits on many levels” “HIGHLY addictive Bailin manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time.” “there are legions of old school rock fans waiting for this guy to arrive.” “the album decides to trend towards amazing”  “All songs will get your blood pumping.”  “All songs will cause you to reflect on your own life experience through the keen wisdom of Bailin’s lyrics.” “The musicianship from all involved is world class.” “one of my favorites CD’s I’ve heard in recent memory, growing on me with every lethal spin” And this is who they say we remind then of:   The Black Crows~The Rolling Stones~ Faces,~The Band~The Derek Trucks Band~Blackberry Smoke~Bob Dylan~Leon Russell~Bobby Charles~ John Cleary~ John Hyatt~Lowell George~Free~Warren Haynes~Little Feat~Grateful Dead~Blues Traveler~Mark Wills~Blackfoot~The Outlaws~JJ Grey & Motro~Cry of Love~ Delbert McClinton~Gregg Allman~Anders Osborne~New Riders of the Purple Sage~The Rees Shad Band~David Wilcox~Mick Jagger~Chris Robinson~Professor Longhair~Levon Helm~Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band~Widespread Panic~North Mississippi All-Stars~The Allman Brothers Band~Humble Pie~Counting Crows~Jimmy Buffett~Dr. John~Eric Clapton~Van Morrison~Buddy Guy~Otis Redding  ”
The new CD has gotten many great reviews and you can view them all right here on this page! Just Click the bold letter title at the top of the review if you want to go directly to the sight where the review was originally posted. ”
  The CD kicks things off with “Satisfactory” and slamming intro piece that serves-up driving rhythms, up-beat vocal melodies accompanied by infectious Harmonica, R&B style guitar licks and impressive vocal harmonies and well placed harmonies. Track 2 “Tell” shifts gears a bit with its impressive rock feel, impressive solo guitar and, taboo lyrical content meshed against grand slam chorus. Track 3 “Safe to Say” delivers smooth moving ditty with well-placed vocal melody, dynamic musical flow and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to musical fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice a lot of musical variety from Galloway reminiscent of classic Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, The Band, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Buddy Guy. First the music itself has a lot of vocal originality and possesses a psychedelic 70’s rock persona. The CD offers a rich melodic vocal foundation and lush layers of instrumentation. I would classify this music as classic 70’s Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Soul Rock and even Jam Band with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies and good songwriting and superb musicianship. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing amazing playing, dynamic arrangements, and wire arrangement of instrumentation. Besides the standard 4 piece delivery you will also notice brief splashes of harmonica, Hammond Organ, sporadic Percussion, Electric Piano, well placed Hon section, Impressive Slide Guitar, well placed harmonies, and amazing R&B guitar layered within the music all built upon a thick, as a brick rhythms section. As far as vocal abilities, Bailin brings the mojo and lets it all hang out with a lot of groove-ability and more than enough soul to go around. His voice works well across the board possessing a vocal swagger reminiscent of classic Dr. John, with just a splash of Joe Cocker and Randy Newman. Bailin’s voice fits this style of music perfectly. Bailin clearly demonstrates a strong and confident vocal ability as he takes many impressive vocal risks along the way. All production aspects check out as the CD has solid low end groove and crystal clear high end clarity. Kudos goes out to the amazing R&B guitar showmanship featured by players: The rest of the band just grooves well together. Bailin deserves a lot of credit for being a musical mastermind. Not only did he play on some of the songs he wrote all this music and deserves a lot of credit from bringing this all together. Make no bones about it folks it took a lot of work to put this CD in my hands. From grooving “No You Don’t” to Jumping “Plans” to intoxicating “Voodoo Man” to heartfelt ”Little Ways” to rocking “Roll It” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “One Piece at a Time” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.   CD is a bit short with just 9 tracks, perhaps 3-4 more tracks are needed to make this a fully loaded CD release. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. In closing Dave Bailin’s latest effort Studio Recordings is just a blast to listen to and is a strong musical production from start to finish. The music is highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved. As the CD progressed I became more and more impressed with it. Because of the influences I would say the flower children who like Leon Russell and Grateful Dead out there will love this one. The musicianship is first rate, the songs are quite dynamic and in extend play format many will enjoy. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Lastly - the writing and singing abilities of Dave Bailin delivers the goods.  Cyrus Rhodes” - Cyrus Rhodes

The Muse's Muse

Dave Bailin & The Bailouts play to receptive Pig’s Eye crowd in Salem, MA By Bill Copeland on January 14, 2015 Dave Bailin & The Bailouts appeared at the well liked restaurant and pub called In A Pig’s Eye in Salem, Massachusetts last Sunday night. A strong turnout was par for the course at that room, and the band played to it well. Dave Bailin & The Bailouts draw a lot of their influences from classic rock, especially late 1960s and early 1970s bands that incorporated country music styles. This gives the Bailouts plenty to work with, keeping their guitar lines pretty and their rhythm section shuffling. A mellow opening number allowed lead guitarist Eric Reardon to press out a sweet whistling country melody. Together with Bailin’s warm, raspy vocal, the gliding number enticed the audience with its wide horizon of sound. One could feel the band walking them across the range, almost like a film score, and it times it felt as if we were all in a saloon in another place and time in American history. The band is also unafraid to mix up their set list with unexpected covers. Drummer Steven Peabody turned in a solid vocal performance on a rendition of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, And Money” showing he’s more than just an apt pupil of the skins. Next, the band went into one of their newest songs, “Tell,” a number with a climbing groove that made the number move forward with muscular authority. Meanwhile, bits of slide guitar from Reardon made the song cry its message home. The boys played a likable version of “Save The Last Dance For Me,” with jagged guitar chords bringing forth its oldie’s charm. Shortly later, low end man Steve Burke played some rangy runs on The Rolling Stones’ classic “Torn And Frayed.” Reardon’s on the money high notes injected a soulful country feeling, that again, took listeners into the heart of the song. Bailin’s warm gravelly vocal on “No You Don’t” from their recent debut studio album was another plus. Its swaying guitars and rhythm section made it another fine Bailing moment in which listener’s could feel the motion of the song. Peabody then sang a chirpy lead vocal on Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Looking Out My Backdoor. It’s uncanny how well this band recreated CCR’s lazing country influence. The crowd was receptive to every new twist DB&TB brought to some of their selected standards, especially to a down tempo version of The Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil,’ a rendition that found the rhythm section in the driver’s seat. Their pulpy groove kept the tune anchored and it enticed several dancers with its swaying groove. Reardon’s freestyle guitar made its beauteous melody cry its way into the listener’s heart, making people feel it. Burke played a brief slappy bass guitar solo that got everyone’s attention for new original song “You Got Me High.” Its changes revealed a classic rock influence, and the guitar work got more exciting as the four players went along. Another original from the recent Bailout debut studio CD, “Roll It Up’ boasted a thumping shuffle beat while Bailin finessed the humorous lyrics. Reardon’s near country twang was another plus. It was a good first set, and the Bailouts’ Sunday night supporters were very enthusiastic. I had to leave before the next set so I could get back to New Hampshire. But, gentle readers, you might be hearing more from Dave Bailin & The Bailouts in these pages. ” - Bill Copeland

Bill Copeland Music News

Key West Weekly Alex Press
Dave Bailin and the Bailouts Band: Dave Bailin and the Bailouts CD: Self-Titled Over the years we’ve seen rock, pop, and even hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy’, predictable, popish and highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” and I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n’ Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins and Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference and trust me when I say  not everyone is entertained. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something fresh, and something real. So across my desk slides the new 9 songs CD by Salem Massachusetts 4 piece blues-rock band Dave Bailin and the Bailouts. During my initial research and a first listen to this 9 track offering, there were a few things I noticed. Their recordings showcase a nitty-gritty, raw blues based songwriting approach: from upbeat, musically-involved pieces to simple, minimalist moody tracks to no holds barred creations all contained therein. These recent recordings presents an interesting, melodically-challenging, literate (even uniquely tasteful) collection of material you can’t help but fall in love with. The music is comparable to an old fade pair of Blue Jeans. It may not be the most modern sounding collection of music to digest, but its rewards are manifold, and at the center of each piece and every arrangement is an effective, if often infectious melody. The “Dave Bailin and the Bailouts” finds a band like this lead by Bailin (rather than being inspired or influenced by) a wide array popular-music-history’s critically renowned underground heroes: The Black Crows, The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Blackberry Smoke and classic Bob Dylan. Let me go on record by saying what I heard put a smile on my face. It’s an impressive snapshot that delivers solid songwriting with a nice slow burning bluesy rock feel. Lead vocalist, guitarist and Harmonica player David Bailin one of the best singers I’ve heard in quite some time. He really lets loose behind the glass and lets her rip. You will also hear a side of Old Classic Rock that is somewhat 70’s in nature. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. Greatful Dead fans will love this record. My favorite track is probably “Plans. Another notable standout track is “Satisfactory.” This self titled release by Dave Bailin and the Bailouts is invigorating. Invigorating in the sense that it will lift your spirits, and give you a sense of hope that real good rock/blues/soul is not officially pronounced dead yet. This 9 track CD runs the gamut and is a solid “Feel good” release with many solid grooves with a guitar driven sound and entertaining vibe. At the end of the day it’s a CD that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing blues band from Salem and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well like NIKELBACK. – Lauren Austin” - Lauren Austin

Indie Music Reviews

Dave Bailin & The Bailouts January 26, 2015 By Skope   How shall I sum up the sound of Dave Bailin & the Bailouts for you? How about kind of ground breaking? While actually sounding like he’s not so over produced like some of the more modern sounding artists out there like John Maher, Bailin manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. Trust me when I say there are legions of old school rock fans waiting for this guy to arrive. Many of these retro tracks sounding surprisingly innovative, which makes up for their somewhat dated influences. From track 1-3 (Satisfactory), (Tell), and (Safe to Say) the album decides to trend towards amazing and serves up 9 sizzling tracks in all. All songs will get your blood pumping. All songs will cause you to reflect on your own life experience through the keen wisdom of Bailin’s lyrics. The musicianship from all involved is world class. Band members include: Dave Bailin (Guitar, Harmonica), Eric Reardon (Lead Guitarist), Steve Peabody (Drums), Steve “The Bullet“ Burke (Bass). In the spirit of musical justice (as I find is severely lacking these days), I gave this latest CD from Salem Massachusetts good and proper listen and not only did I not hate it, but I actually kind of fell in love with it, and subsequently The band in the process. The music therein is a bit more Past-Rock than Modern-Rock so it’s not lackluster as I was expecting. I can hear influences ranging from Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Anders Osborne and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Maybe even The Rees Shad Band and David Wilcox. Most of the music is straight up Bluesy-Funk but much of it contains remnants of classic singer/songwriter. It delivers solid intro’s and outros, good playing and chops and much in the way of musical angulation. The lyrics aren’t as annoying or sickly as I thought they would be. Vocals and Harp by Bailin are shall I say saucy as he commands a powerful low tonal registry all the while maintaining impressive vocal mojo and control. Vocally he reminds me of Mick Jagger and Chris Robinson (Black Crows). He really knows how to find the pocket and let loose behind the microphone. Dave Bailin & the Bailouts meld and blends all of the above together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old classic rocking blues feel. There are 3 things I really like about Dave Bailin & The Bailouts. For one I didn’t want to shoot myself with my pen like I do with most bands from the East Coast lately. No worries there. Two: this CD may be the most good timing CD’s I’ve heard this year. Third: Dave Bailin and his slew of players have the courage to write and play music the way they want to. A far cry from the “sell out” corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at right now. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music. Bailin needs to modernize his sound a little though. The mix works for a swampy blues CD but as a result sounds a bit dated and lackluster. A new cutting edge mixer should be able to remind this. Andrew Stewart” - Andrew Stewart

Skope Mag

Dave Bailin and the Bailouts 23 January 14:56   Dave Bailin and the Bailouts URL: (Salem, Massachusetts) Dave Bailin and the bailouts just released their latest 9 track self-titled CD. Band members include:  Dave Bailin (Guitar, Harmonica), Eric Reardon (Lead Guitarist), Steve Peabody (Drums), Steve “The Bullet “Burke (Bass). Dave As a boy, Dave was exposed to a wide array of Blues, 50’s rhythm and blues and 60’s and 70’s classic rock by his post-Woodstock “cool” parents. The first instrument he chose was the harmonica which led quickly to electric guitar. As a teen, he excelled in vocational school as well as establish himself as the “go to guy” when it came to blues and rock guitar. He wrote his first song “Rachel” at the age of 15! In his twenties, Dave would work all day in the machine shop building parts for pace makers while his nights were spent as a rock musician. He landed a weekly gig as the open mic host at “The Sportsman’s Lodge” in Newburyport. He would also become known for his long running and current stint as host of the “In a Pigs Eye open mic” in Salem. Right from the start Bailin stands out from other bands in a good way within this overly saturated market. His answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique, and powerful full of mystery and soul. In this overly saturated market with a plethora of Do it Yourself artists coming out of the woodwork, armed with nothing more than a PC, Microphone, a guitar and a crappy sounding CD – it’s nice to know there are a few artists out there that can still deliver music and playing that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. These new artists I speak of manage push their music out to the world and much of it is, do I dare say substandard in nature. So enter a band like Dave Bailin and the Bailouts: your typical Blues-Rock-Americana, glasses wearing East Coast rock-nomad who will remind you of Professor Longhair, Levon Helm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Widespread Panic. What do those bands have that Bailin don’t? Not much if you ask me save the multi million dollars promotional machines and major record label support. Bailin and his red hot band break the mold with his classic 70’s sound and amazing movements that will mesmerize both the novice and advanced listeners alike. The first 2 tracks “Satisfactory” and “tell” are shall I say delivers a compelling narrative style singing and songwriting that  has deep seeded classic rock roots but also possesses elements of Americana, classic New Orleans style jazz, fusion and straight up rock n’ roll many adore. Many of these tracks “No You don’t”, “Plans” and “Voodoo Man” have a solid feel to them while “Little ways” might tug on your heart strings a bit. The playing skills of these 4 are all over the map but manage to never cross into “freak show” territory. The solo guitar work from Eric Reardon is off the hook good. Bailin has a great soulful voice and can play Harmonica like nobody’s business. Dave Bailin may not have the greatest Baritone in the world but it’s like a drug, and with his arsenal of experiences he gently takes you by the hand and leads you down an impassioned 9 track journey. Apparently there are still a few bands out there that believe in playing music the way it is meant to be played. Rating: 4/5 Stars   by William Young” - William Young

Band Blurb .com

Dave Bailin and the Bailouts Posted by Mr. Blackwell on Jan 23, 2015   Dave Bailin and the Bailouts Massachusetts based “Dave Bailin and the Bailouts” just released their latest self-titled work in 2014. Band consists of: Dave Bailin (Guitar, Harmonica), Eric Reardon (Lead Guitarist), and Steve Peabody (Drums), Steve “The Bullet “Burke (Bass) The sound is rock and roll with a bluesy edge, ala the Bob Dylan, North Mississippi All-Stars, The Allman Brothers Band and even Humble Pie. The band is very seasoned for all players who collectively have experience playing several gigs and this is a band that plays live often. His first band “Spot the Looney” consisted his old vocational school mates. They gained regional acclaim by gigging all over Eastern Massachusetts, Coastal New Hampshire and Maine at places like: Bleachers,Trader Alan’s Truck Stop, The Brick, Norton’s of Kittery, The Grog, Dodge Street, Roosevelt’s, EJ’s Park side, Momma Kin, The Middle East,The Pentucket Brew House, and The Linwood. Over the last dozen years Dave has fronted many incarnations of his unique brand of soul rock as: Many tracks deliver just the right amount of American Spirit, Soul and wisdom to keep a balance. The combination of Bailin’s voice and the amazing arsenal of players in this band present a strong format that even borders on Americana-Blues-Rock. In this aspect “Dave Bailin and the Bailouts” are quickly becoming a musical force within this style of music around the Salem area, without going aggressively over the top about it all. Far from being background music the listener is gently invited to truly listen and feel the life-blood pulsating from behind the microphone on tracks like “Satisfactory”, “Safe to Say” and my personal favorite “Plans.” These songs provide the a-typical Rock percussion, tenacious guitar, hot to the touch harmonica, some amazing soul guitar work via a “live feel” production value. Some moments hit the heart “Little Ways’ and many tracks to me are emotionally multi-layered “Tell” and “Roll It”. All tracks literally open a window to their soul and personality and shows a “shot from the hip” personal side. Top Tracks: “Plans”, “Satisfactory”, “Little Ways”, “Roll It.” In the end “Dave Bailin and the Bailouts” add a colorful tapestry to a rich style of music that will never be forgotten. by Celeste Morton  ” - Celeste Morton

Rock N' Roll View

 2015-01-23 (SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS) Dave Bailin (Guitar, Harmonica), Eric Reardon (Lead Guitarist), Steve Peabody (Drums), Steve The Bullet  Burke (Bass) are no strangers to a musical movement. Their latest self-titled release (Bailout Records) was released in 2014. To me this band is about pushing boundaries, redefining the current industry, or reshaping your perception of music by going back in time. I feel they write music from our hearts and only wish to share it with as many people as we can. They probably let the chips fall where they may? This is how bands change the world with music. Their music brings to light our many influences; from the lyrical storytelling of country, to melodies influenced by Blues-Rock to a few danceable airtight grooves evolving from guitar driven Soul. These 3 have managed to bring together the music, experiences, and stories of four people who only ever wanted to play for anyone who would listen.This latest 9 song offering is outfitted with a distinctly familiar classic-retro rock feel with a Bluesy edge that takes no prisoners. The Bailin sound personality just gives the music credible bulk and authenticity. Some songs like Satisfactory waste no time to build but when they peaks provide immediate transport to musical glory days past. Where good bands like Sister Hazel flooded the airwaves. Plansis a cool play on words which opens with a thick guitar riffs and then transforms into something melodic and delicious. The second track Tell sounds like it belongs on the Radio or on a Tedeshi Trucks Band record. Many song sound like a combination of Counting Crows and Tedeshi Trucks Band. Other movements like Little Ways and No You Dontwith hooks in all the right places and could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with all the aforementioned bands. But its on the last few songs, Voodoo Man, Roll It and One Piece at a Timethat really shine as the album closes. Coming full circle with influence from the past and modern day musical mentality, these songs inspire with eyes squeezed tightly shut drifting off powerful feelings brought about by the likes of amazing music of the 1970s God I wish those days were back. Much of this CD is more like in a thrumming of the heart, as a perfectly wrought rock song should be able to do. It also obvious that Bailin and the gang have not taken their experience in the music business lightly, nor is this latest effort a fake-handed grasp at recapturing glory days. For those in the immediate area who are able to catch these guys live this is a great way to hear some home-bred music by some talented people, and for those in any other city this is a great band to try to model after. If you want to start a band go this direction. In a world where corporate is king and cheesy music gets product top dollar product its nice to see a real good band play over my speakers for a change. With a well-trained ear for what brought them to my ears in the first place this self-titled CD have given us 9 exhilarating tracks to chew on and offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music that inspires the soul. Its wild ride and we can only hope that there is much more where this came from.Matthew Sterner Rating: 9/10” - Matthew Sterner

Music Emissions

Dave Bailin & the Bailouts Reviews   Band/Artist – Dave Bailin & the BailoutsAlbum – Self Titled With a kick-ass band and an intriguing repertoire of timeless tunes, Dave Bailin and the Bailouts have been rocking Salem Massachusetts for quite some time. Over the last dozen years Dave has fronted many incarnations of his unique brand of soul rock as: The Dave Bailin Band, The Dave Bailin Trio, and Sweet Tooth. Dave currently fronts the Bailouts which features Eric Reardon on Guitar, Steve Peabody on drums, and long-time musical partner Eli Timmons on bass. The band just released a live album at Salem’s historic Dodge Street bar and grill and is now available on Bailout Records. Let’s be honest for a second, I get a lot of music in the mail. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention. Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest release by Dave Bailin & the Bailouts in. The CD bursts to life with “Satisfactory” and its fantastic rocked out sound that follows through with a wonderful sequence of songs, 9 of them to be exact. It twists and turns the way great albums should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven rock-soul and a lot of harmonic goodness. Dave Bailin and company combines iconic bits of the Great American West with contemporary production values and storytelling. I also really like to song line up – the way each song masterfully transitions through to the next creating much in the way of drama. So many bands and record labels get this basic skill so wrong. They fail to listen to the songs at their disposal and seemingly throw the album together without giving it any real thought. I’ve known people who work to formulas making sure that their best songs start and finish the album with the remaining tracks squeezed between in a slapdash fashion. That’s not the case with Bailin’s music and his latest effort. in fact each track could probably survive on its own merits, but the album just flows so well. Bailin could easily be heralded as classic sounding rock but there is so much more to him. I hear Leon Russell, original musical works by Bobby Charles, John Cleary, John Hyatt, Lowell George, Free, Warren Haynes and Rival Son. Some pieces stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience “Tell”, “Plan” and “No You Don’t”. But beware as there’s a deeper and sharper edge to songs like “Little Ways”, “Voodoo man” and my top pick “Roll It.” The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive vocal performances from Balin is a delight, and he’s a hell of a Harmonica player, but the solid rhythmical foundation of Bailin and his band is essential to their artistic and commercial potential. The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the sixties and the seventies when musicianship mattered! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing Balin’s relevance into the modern world. Dave Bailin and the Bailouts should achieve good support from radio and appears to be critical darlings of Salem. But I am left bemused how they are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for Dave Bailin and the Bailouts? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of his latest linked below – it’s a must have and in the class of al by itself. - Alex Chapman” - Alex Chapman

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