It’s been just over a week since my last blog post. Sorry. Had to go visit the lady in North Carolina. Thought I’d use my trip to discover some cool local bands out there, but instead I found hippie jam band drum circles and people playing homemade instruments (the terrible sounding kind) in the street. Kinda cool if your deaf, but not really my cup of tea. There is a time and place for hippie jam band drum circles and a romantic evening with the lady you haven’t seen in a couple months is not the time and in my ear drums wasn’t the place. Instead I stumbled upon this awesome new artist named Trevor Menear. I signed up for his mailing list at The Satellite Lounge in LA right before I left and he gave me his CD for free. I listened to it on the plane ride back to LA and I wish I knew it was this good because honestly would have paid 20 bones.
River Blues – Trevor Menear
Chicago native Menear is a blues man. His most recent and second full length offering “Some Kid Of Sunshine” he features the blues with a small hint of pop mixed in just for fun. Two things hit me right off the bat. His guitar work and the originality and distinctness of Trevor’s voice. Both are the stars of the show on this record. His take on the blues is fresh and his acoustic picking is just awesome. This record has a good mix of heavy and light. A good example to contrast that first track “River Blues” is the track “Better On The Way”.
Better On The Way – Trevor Menear
It’s pretty awesome when you stumble on an artist with this kind of range. He keeps the same general tone throughout the record, but each song is very different and the mix between his acoustic picking and the electric guitar is awesome to listen to. All that acoustic light stuff is nice, but lets be serious this guy can wail so lets hear some more. Here’s an original off the record and a video of Trevor and band covering “Champagne and Reefer” by the legendary Muddy Waters.
Make Me Howl- Trevor Menear
That’s my favorite song on this record. Come to think of it maybe “Blues River” is. Eh, whatever they are both awesome tunes and as the starting two tracks on this record needless to say my attention was grabbed in a big way. There are other little gems on this record as well. One tune in particular is the track “Giver Her a Name” It’s kind if buried near the end of the record, but the haunting melodies and the strings are really cool especially after the heavy distortion of the guitar on the previous tracks.
Give Her a Name – Trevor Menear
Now for the good part. Here’s where I get to tell you that Trevor lives locally in LA and has played and is playing a bunch of local free shows namely the Venice Beach Music Festival on August 13th. I guess it’s really only good for me and the rest of the Californians, sorry. His tour page is here and he’s playing The Foundry on Melrose tomorrow night from 8:30 to 11:30 for FREE. I’ll see you there.
Now for the second good part. On his website Trevor’s new record “Some Kind Of Sunshine” is available in the “pay what you want” format. Do yourself a favor and throw him a 5 or a 10, whatever you can afford. You won’t be disappointed
and you’ll get to hear the rest of the tracks I wasn’t able to fit above.
Here’s the last track as usual. There are 13 tracks on this record. Seriously buy it, I honestly think its worth a 20…
November (a long way from here) – Trevor Menear
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC