A group of local friends get together and jam, they find that spark and continue only to start writing their own music and a niche is found, a special brand of music is born. Eclectic perhaps, unique no doubt and fresh without question; Struggletown has their own style that blends elements of country, folk, acoustic sounds that have that upbeat feel-good vibrant ‘let’s have a great time’ beat to it all. These four friends from Chittenango, NY are worth checking out.
“Four guys from Central NY with a fresh take on rock, folk, country, indie, bluegrass, acoustic, and more on a variety of instruments.” Struggletown
How many other bands have written songs about breakfast food and made it sound great (while making you hungry)? Struggletown has with the witty, catchy song “Scrambled Eggs.” The song talks about and describes just what the title suggests, scrambled eggs, reenergizing on a Saturday, homemade and all. Pretty funny really all while making it a catchy tune.
“(What I Think Was) I Love You” kicks of with some nice acoustics, upbeat and flowing, and the steady vocalizations of Ryan Colligan. The song just steadily gets better with some banjo picking in there and some really nice touch on the drums with what sounds like drum brushes which is a lost art locally. They build the beats and the sound into a sweet guitar solo, plugged in but not overpowering the song or the vibe.
“Goodnight Caroline” is actually the bands first ever original and they did themselves proud with this one, written and released on the bands 2012 debut self-titled CD. Sweet picking, some piano, and some excellent vocals by the group and a cartoon rooster on the CD to boot.
All in all, for only having three songs on this, those three original songs showcase a young band finding their way and finding it with style. The 2012 CD features ‘Goodnight Caroline” but also had me checking out the four covers on it as well, I mean really, who would expect a bluesy, folk, country, acoustic pop jam band to cover a Jay-Z/Hugo tune? Yes, these guys made it “99 Problems” country style with a beat, very interesting and cool. They also cover “Paper Ships” by Dead Man’s Bones, “Alabama High Test” by Old Crow Medicine Show, and “Country Roads” by John Denver may he rest in peace.
They do all of those tunes, especially John Denver, exceptionally well and the more you listen, the less that comes as a surprise. Talented, grounded, and fresh music; isn’t that what it is all about? Go check them out and listen in today!
Ryan Colligan - Vocals, Guitar, Alto Sax, Harmonica, Concert Ukelele, Piano.
Christian Henry - Vocals, Banjo (4 and 5-string), Mandolin, Baritone Ukelele, Tin Flute, Guitar, Upright Bass, Piano.
John Krause - Vocals, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Soprano Ukulele.
Joseph Vincent - Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Flute.
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