Atlanta's own Breeze Kings have a new CD out, "Can't Stay Home," on which they certainly live up to their names light and breezy is exactly how this CD feels, and that is a good thing.
Eight of the 10 numbers on the CD are written by members of the band, and they show themselves to be skilled songwriters as well as excellent musicians. Every number features imipeccable musicianship as well.
It's not really possible to pick favorites on this CD, either, as almost every song is a favorite. I am particularly fond of "Mercury Blues," which lets every member of the band show up their skill from vocals to percussion to guitar and bass and which features some excellent piano work from guest Bob Page. Other favorites are "Well I Wish," with great vocals and tasty harmonica, "Play You My Love," "Beehive,""Well for Water," and "Be My Rider."
The two numbers not written by band members, "Coolin' it" and "The Other Track" fit in nicely with the band's style. "Coolin' It' has n enjoyable retro vibe and allows the band to shine, and "The Other Track" stands out for the great lap steel guitar by Ransome.
The only song on the CD that I had a small problem with is "Too Cute." It's a great, fun song by Aaron Trubic, but the sound mix for me is just a little off, a bit too muddy, especially compared to the sound on the other songs.
Nevertheless, the CD is great, breezy, fun entertainment.
Get "Can't Stay Home," either on Amazon or elsewhere online or at a show. You'll be happy that you did.
The Breeze Kings play regularly all around town, and nothing beats the excitement of a live Breeze Kings show. So once you have the CD, take yourself out to see the group. I guarantee you will be impressed!