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Track Listing:

Get Back Up
14 Days
Bad Locomotive
Easy Jane
Shake'em Down
Country Mile
Further Roam
Flats of Old Avenue
The Ballad of Clear Rock
Brother Don't

The Bridge :


Baltimore-based grassroots phenoms The Bridge have emerged as one of the East Coast's most buzzed about young bands. It's been a steady, organic rise, leading to their current status as a prolific national touring act with a devoted fan-base, veteran status on the Summer festival circuit and a record deal with the revered indie label HYENA Records.

Forming out of Baltimore, The Bridge's roots date back to 2001 when guitarist, vocalist and principle songwriter Cris Jacobs decided to forego the traditional expectations of his University of Amherst degree and pursue music full time. Upon reuniting with high school friend Kenny Liner (who'd recently returned from a stint living in Hawaii where he learned mandolin), the two found an immediate chemistry playing music together.

They'd solidify the band's core line-up with the addition of saxophonist Patrick Rainey, bassist Dave Markowitz and drummer Mike Gambone.

On The Bridge's self-titled new album, their freewheeling, adventurous and deeply soulful vision finds them weaving a new thread into the rich tapestry of American rock music. Their songs evoke the spirit of influences like Little Feat, The Radiators and Los Lobos, and thus drawing on a broad palette of tried-andtrue American roots styles. The Bridge equally honor their own generation by infusing that foundation with beat-boxing, modern soul and New Orleans funk concepts. Special guests include Russell Batiste, Jr. (The Funky Meters), John Ginty (Citizen Cope) andMookie Siegel among others.

Opening the long-player with the steady-rolling, California-country groove of "Get Back Up," Jacobs and Rainey punctuate the tale of perseverance with crisp, glistening licks, while the band's radiant harmonies add a distinct dimension that proves a vital element throughout the album. The following cut "Angelina" is Dixie soul personified; a firm reminder that Baltimore falls South of the Mason-Dixon line. As The Bridge proceeds, songs like "14 Days," "Easy Jane" and "Further To Roam" deliver on the glory that rock music once promised in simpler times. On the Dobro-laced stand-out "Country Mile," Jacobs revels in enigmatic darkness with lyrics like, "Oh Maddie Lee, oh Maddie Lee, tell me why does our heart bleed so? I would pawn my steel for an
answer why your seasons come and go." The song's haunted refrain is the clincher: "Left her on a country mile, sleep lay sleeping girl to rest awhile." By the time The Bridge come around to the gorgeous alt-country ballad "Flats Of The Old Avenue," it's clear they hold the keys necessary to join the esteemed ranks of the artists from whose lineage they emerge.