"Fight the Good Fight," released Sept. 17 on iTunes, combines the Texas swing of the Light Crust Doughboys and modern electronic music. Fight the Good Fight brings together life-long acoustic and electronic drummer/musician Chrisroode and the Grammy Award winning artist and producer Art Greenshaw.
The earliest incarnation of Light Crust Doughboys formed in 1931 and are The State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors. While there have been a various band line-ups, the most recent manifestation is fronted Art Greenshaw includes Randy Wills, a fifth generation descendant of Bob Wills, another linchpin in western swing music and one-time member of the band. The Doughboys also boast themselves as the longest-running band in the history of recorded music. More importantly may be the similarities between Pappy O'Daniel and the Soggy Bottom Boys in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The similarities between the bands formation and the portrayal of events and "Pappy" are striking.
Chris is well-versed in creating unique auditory destinations relying on his diverse performance experience, there are aspects of every genre of music and styles found within the tracks he creates. Recently, Roode's music could be described as blazing fast music to relax with. His drum and percussion experience can be the only responsible party for the unique rhythms and expressions found within the Fight the Good Fight Album and other tracks he has released. Roode's method for creatively dividing time is far beyond the trendy beats in modern pop or dance music, yet accessible and appreciable by even the most passive listener.
During the first listen I can't help but envision a mashup between Moby's 1999 album, "Play" and the specif sound of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. While those familiar with Moby are unfamiliar Wills, he is considered a pioneer of the western swing style of music and his sound is akin to those sampled by Moby thoughout the Play album.
"Fight the Good Fight" is not simply a bland sampling of two opposing music forces or a poor mix by a turntablist. Each track fuses the independent styles of Light Crust and Chrisroode while allowing each to compliment the other.
The first track, "Man of Promise," comes to the table quickly with strong lead vocals and chorus by the Doughboys and tight digital synth dark wandering bass. Promise moves like a surgeon between a relaxed trance and heart-pounding trance without losing tempo.
As we continue with "Rapture Time" you can feel the strong percussion carry you through some familiar western movie, letting you saunter through on some powerful techno horse. The kick drum, wobble bass, and the vocals meld a serious yet relaxed state of mind as one might envision considering a rapture of any kind.
The title track is full of airy synths that take you to a new world not visited by the previous songs.
The strongest tracks are "Man of Promise," "Rapture Time," and "Sonic Electronic" but the entire albulm has it's own pulse and push that won't allow you to sit still while listening. Fans of either genre of music may be pleasently surprised as they're introduced to the sounds of the other world they'll hear in "Fight the Good Fight." The lush and electronically created world combined with haunting vocals and stylings of western swing create a new planet where the accoustic and the digital mingle expressively for all to enjoy.
You can get Fight the Good Fight for yourself on iTunes
Learn more about Chrisroode and his musical expressions at Chrisroode.com
The Light Crust Doughboys and their history and achievements can be explored at lightcrustdoughboys.com
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