Randall Bramblett had his CD release party for his new CD, “The Bright Spots,” at Eddie’s Attic last night, and Imy husband and I were lucky enough to be invitied to cover it.
I had already received the streaming audio for “The Bright Spots,” and listened to it. I wrote the review for Blogcritics about a minute ago and it’s not published yet, but basically I said it’s a perfect CD and I had to say a little about about every song because I couldn’t pick a favorite, and that is true.
The audience at Eddie’s Attic obviously agreed as the applause and vocal responses at the end of each song proved. Bramblett joked about the Attic’s policy of asking attendees to listen respectfully til the end of each song: “This is a listening room. We’re not used to that..Don’t tell them it’s a listening room. It’s a party room tonight!”
Nevertheless, the audience did continue to listen carefully and then respond enthusiastically. And that was not only because that’s what’s expected at Eddie’s Attic but because the songs were so worth listening too.
Unfortunately, I can’t find the names of the band members anywhere, but they were both skillful and fun to watch, particularly the guitar player. Bramblett jumped easily from keyboards to horn player as well as vocalist, which is no easy task for anyone but he made it seem effortless. He talked to the audience as though we were all close friends who had known each other forever. Despite years in the music business, he appears to have no excessive ego. This was obvious even when he was posing for pictures with great patience and affability afterword, including the one included here with me.
The show was nearly two hours, but it felt like about an hour. Bramblett performed a few earlier songs, including a couple from his last release, “In the Meantime,” but most of the songs were, of course, from the amazing new release, “The Bright Spots.” The CD has an almost-live feel anyway, and all the songs sounded just as great onstage as they do on the recording. If I were to choose highlights, I suppose I would choose “John the Baptist,”a bout John the Baptist looking for Jesus at The Nowhere Bar in Athens, “Every Saint,” which explains that “Every Saint is an accident..”, the rock number “Roll” with its amazing guitar work, and “Detox Bracelet,” a stunningly beautiful ballad. Bramblett said that he has been surprised that that one has been such a favorite already, but I’m not surprised at all.
It was a great show, and there are going to be opportunities coming up to see Randall Bramblett around town even before he’s back at Eddie’s Attic this fall, as I’m told. is in the plans. So keep your eyes and ears open and in the meantime, go buy “The Bright Spots.” You’re going to love it!