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The band Story Book Road is a Texas-based group that contains four musicians who have spent many years performing in the Texas area. The band consists of Mike Coker on lead guitar /vocals, Trevor Reifel guitar/lead vocals, Art Elder bass guitar/vocals and Bruce Randall drums/vocals. Having each gained plenty of experience on their own, the four members came together to play some straight-out Country music. Together, the band that was created draws from different eras of Country music and has started to create their own music. Just recently, the band created their first EP of music.

Story Book Road begins their self-titled release with the track “Cabin in the Woods”. The band’s influences come through as this track blends together some Rock and Roll flavor with some Country music. The track of “Cabin in the Woods” finds the band creating a track that brings to mind music from the likes of Chris LeDoux or early Garth Brooks. The track contains mainly a Country vibe, but the Rock and Roll feel of the electric guitars on the track is what makes the song. “Cabin in the Woods” from Story Book Road would fit well on today’s Country Music radio formats.

The self-titled release from Story Book Road continues with the track “Carmen Miranda”. With this track, the band takes their music back to the sixties or seventies as the song seems to have that sort of vibe to it. With the addition of the horns that are rather prevalent in the music, the track ends up having a nice Latin flavor to it. When combining the Latin influence with the retro feel of the music, what results is a track that sounds as if the band took equal parts of “El Paso” from Marty Robbins and “They Don’t Dance Like Carmen No More” from Jimmy Buffett and created a song around that mix. “Carmen Miranda” from Story Book Road would have felt right at home on AM radio back about forty years ago as the track’s musical blend is much closer to that era than today’s Contemporary Country music.

“Get Out Tonight” is the third track on the new self-titled release from Story Book Road. For this track, Mike Coker, Trevor Reifel, Art Elder and Bruce Randall create a song that contains a stronger Rock and Roll influence than the previous songs. In fact, the track is closer to Rock and Roll than Country. The music features a strong electric guitar approach and the organ in the background helps to add some Rock and Roll feeling. While the earlier songs on the release bring to mind nothing less than Country music, this track feels as if it would have been right at home on the radio being played alongside artists such as Bob Seger. In fact, you could easily imagine “Get Out Tonight” being played right after Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”.

For the band’s next track, Story Book Road adds a little more Rock and Roll influence to their music. The track “It Don’t Mean Nothing” is a track that features a strong electric guitar presence. The presence of the electric guitar and the groove that is created by the band ends up making a sound that brings to mind the same type of musical delivery that came from the duo known as Loggins and Messina. The musical delivery on the track not only brings to mind that duo, it easily brings to mind the duo’s song called “Your Mama Don’t Dance” from back in 1972. To go along with the Rock and Roll approach on the track, the song contains lyrics about being in a relationship and knowing what you have. Just like the music of the track, the lyrics also feel like they would have come out of the seventies.

Story Book Road continues their new EP with the track “Sister Sally”. Just like the previous track, the band focuses more on the Rock and Roll side of their personality rather than the Country side. In fact, the track has a bit of an influence from The Beatles to it. While it doesn’t follow the song exactly, “Sister Sally” from Story Book Road has a sound that is rather reminiscent of the track “The Ballad of John and Yoko” from The Fab Four. Obviously, there are differences between the two tracks. However, the musical feel of the two tracks are very similar in nature.

For the final track of their six-track EP, Story Book Road brings back some of the Country flavor that was so prevalent in the first two tracks of the release. The track “Window of Your Soul” once again features a musical blend of Country and Rock and Roll to create a style like most modern-day Country music. With the dual vocal delivery on the track, the song brings to mind the feel of music from the likes of Brooks and Dunn. The more current feel of the track brings the new release from Story Book Road to a close on a more modern note.

As you listen to the tracks that make up the self-titled EP from Story Book Road, you get a very good indication of the various influences that flavor the band’s music. The inclusion of influences such as Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Marty Robbins and makes Story Book Road’s music easily accessible. Whether you’re a fan of Country, Rock and Roll, classic sounds or more modern influences, this six-song release from this talented musical ensemble is truly worthy of being added to any musical library.

For a taste of the music from Story Book Road, check out the band’s video to the track “Carmen Miranda“.     

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Shane Martin is a singer-songwriter who has been creating his style of Country music for several years. Throughout his time as a musician, Martin has worked on his own and as part of the band Faith Nation. Having once been a One Man Band where he would play guitar, bass and drums on stage all at the same time to create a live sound, Shane Martin has taken steps to expand his musical presence live in concert by adding actual musicians to complete his sound in the studio and live on stage. To help back him up, Martin calls upon lead guitarist Brad Nelson, bassist Mike May and drummer Shawn Kolles to complete the sound. Together, the four men perform under the name the Shane Martin Band.

During his musical history, Shane Martin has released several CDs, which includes his last release entitled Light It Up, which was released in 2012. Recently, Martin created a new release to add to his musical library. The newest release from Shane Martin is entitled Til the Wheels Fall Off.

Til the Wheels Fall Off from Shane Martin begins with the track “I Am What I Am”. The track features a fast-paced feel to the music and feels like it would be perfect for today’s Country music playlists. The song consists of lyrics about how Martin began his love of music when his grandfather offered to buy him a guitar and where the inspiration for creating his music comes from. The autobiographical track gives a nice insight into the background of Shane Martin while also kicking the release off with a lot of energy.

The new release from Shane Martin continues with the song “She’s Got Me Right Where I Want Me”. Instead of containing a strong Country influence, the track features a pop-rock feel to the music. That pop-rock feel will make the track perfect for a crossover hit, making the track feel right at home on either Country stations or Top 40 stations. The slight humor contained in the track will also grab the listener’s attention.

Shane Martin continues the release with the track “Whatever Floats Your Boat”. The track contains a modern-day Country music feel with just a little Blues flavor to it. The track’s lyrics contain the message that you should do whatever feels good to you. The positive message of the song mixed with the solid groove contained in the music makes the song feel fun.

With the track “Georgia Peach,” Shane Martin creates a track that seems slightly retro in its nature as the song feels like it would been right at home on radio stations back in the eighties. The track contains several guitar parts that bring to mind artists like Bryan Adams that would have been played on commercial rock stations back then. “Georgia Peach” is one of the strongest and most infectious tracks on the newest release from Martin and seems to set itself apart from the rest of the release.

Til the Wheels Fall Off continues with the song “Pour the Hurt On”. The soft feel of the music on the track brings to mind the countrified feel of the Eagles with just a little more of a twang to it. The addition of the mandolin on the track also gives the track a slight folk flavor. “Pour the Hurt On” is another track on the new release from Shane Martin that seems to have been written to be played on the radio and could become a favorite among today’s Country music fans. The track is easily one of the best tracks on the release.

Shane Martin picks up the pace and the energy of the music with the track “Beer on the Brain”. The track will instantly feel very familiar to Country music listeners as the song brings a lot of the feel of “Friends in Low Places” from Garth Brooks and mixes it with some of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” from Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet with just a little of “Margaritaville” thrown in for good measure. Needless-to-say, the track has a very strong fun vibe to it.

The new release from Shane Martin comes to a close with the album’s title track. “Til the Wheels Fall Off” is a track about living like every day matters. While it kind of takes away some of the energy from the previous track, the positive message is a good way of bringing the release to a close.

The seven tracks that make up Til the Wheels Fall Off will keep the listener entertained. The new release from Shane Martin showcases the writing ability of Martin while allowing him to prove he is someone to watch out for in the future.

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