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Empty Roads

Dan Bubien Music

By Bill Wilson, Reflection in Blues

A singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania, Dan Bubien plays a blend of blues folk, soul, country and rock that flows from his innermost being like water from a mountain stream.  Empty Roads, the CD, has a timeless feel that takes the listener on a ride through time and space, painting pictures of a simpler time not that far in the past.  Though the songs are all original, each takes us to a time and place where we feel warm and comfortable.  Blues, rock, and soul blend seamlessly, allowing the listener to put himself into the picture as if the story being told was his and his alone.  This is the work of a man with a burning passion for the music and it comes through in every note.  The musicianship is flawless, the arrangements are delightful and right on the money and Bubien’s vocals are soulful, often reminiscent of Motown or other early soul.  Dan is well-versed in the music in so many of its forms and feels comfortable with it all.  There are so many styles exhibited here that there is no sense in even trying to put a label on it or put it in a box.  Funky, soulful, bluesy, down home and reminiscent of so much of what we have grown up with, Empty Roads is the soundtrack of our lives in so very many respects.  After listening to the disc multiple times I have come to the conclusion that if I had to pick a single word to describe it, that word would be comfortable.  Dan Bubien has a gift and a unique sound.  No, it is not strictly blues but it has a way of capturing the listener and holding his attention from start to finish.  If you are looking for a blues release, this one may not be what you are looking for but if you are feeling adventurous and grew up in that generation that cut its teeth on rock and roll, soul and the like, you might find it as intriguing as I did.  Dan offers us a look back to a time when music was real and not something that was designed solely for the purpose of having a number one hit.  Empty Roads speaks to us all, allowing us all to take from it just what we need.  There is something here for each and every one of us.

Web Site – http://www.danbubien.com/

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iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/to-youngstown/id703221321?i=703221415&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/danbubien


Link to original review:  http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/p/november-reviews.html