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"Ninth Street Bridge's rural, urban sound adds up to Americana- CD Review"

"The band's music, at least as I heard it on their CD, "Goin' Home," is at once warmly familiar and intriguingly new. It is the sound of my trips to North Carolina and the sound of mowing my great-grandfather's lawn, my Walkman singing George Jones into my ears. But it is also the sound of dancing close with blushing girls in 7th grade to Matchbox 20, falling in love both with the feel of a body near mine and with sound blasting loud from those cheap P.A. speakers."
Justin A. Hinkley • The Enquirer
September 26, 2008 - Justin A. Hinkley, Battle Creek Enquirer


"Ninth Street Bridge's rural, urban sound adds up to Americana - Newspaper Article Published 9/26/08"

KALAMAZOO — For the musicians of Ninth Street Bridge, Americana isn't just a genre, it's a way of life.

"It's about life, living in the country, it's a state of mind," bassist-vocalist Vicki Bowman said of her band's music. "It's about Midwestern values, you know, home and family."

The band calls its style of music Americana: Rural harmonies and urban beats, a crossroads for country, classic rock, folk and bluegrass. It's a dobro and an acoustic guitar with two-part harmony vocals, Telecaster licks and a romping three-piece drum line. It's The Doobie Brothers meets George Strait meets Jack Johnson.

"It's like a transition between country and rock," said guitarist-vocalist Brett Riggins. "Americana is a genre where people get stuck because they don't know what to call you. When you write, it just comes out as it comes out."

"We didn't pursue a genre; it just is what it is," Bowman said.

Ninth Street Bridge formed about three years ago when Bowman, Riggins and drummer Evan Haughey, then each independent singer-songwriters, decided to start a band.

Haughey went on hiatus. A year ago, Bowman and Riggins found guitarist Andy Yacuk. Those three remain the core of the group, but others come and go to different shows: drummers Matthew Haughey and Jimmy Labis, Allen Bates on dobro, Rick Willey on fiddle.

All of those players appear on the band's first album, the independently-released "Goin' Home," which was released in June.

The musicians are spread across a wide geographic area — from the Kalamazoo-area to Indiana — and across a wide range of ages. But the music is what unites them, Bowman said.

"One of the things that I think makes us unique as a band is that I think the audience can really tell we love what we do," she said.

On "Goin' Home," Riggins handles most of the lyric-writing. The album is filled with story songs, tales of living in the country and visiting the city, of drinking and fishing, of loving and leaving.

"I don't write in a way to inspire people or change their thoughts or make them think of me any different," Riggins said. "It's just experiences I've been through."

The Midwestern twang in Riggins' voice and the fiddle in the band have taken Ninth Street Bridge to gigs across the region, where the musicians often find themselves playing country tunes in a rock- and blues-dominated scene. But the band said "genre is never an issue."

"If an audience enjoys the set even a tenth of what we do, we're all right," Riggins said.

The band is playing hard and playing often, "waiting for the next open door" to becoming career musicians, Riggins said. Those are the band's aspirations, because, he said:

"This is just in us and we love every minute of it and we love everything about it, we really do. And it makes going back to work on Monday really ... suck."

Justin A. Hinkley can be reached at jhinkley@battlecr.gannett.com - Battle Creek Enquirer


Discography

2007 - 9th St. Demo
2008 - Goin' Home; 11 track all original album available for listening on Sonicbids.

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9th Street Bridge is a working original band that plays small venues and clubs in SW Michigan and Northern Indiana and Illinois as well as indoor and outdoor concert venues like Venetian and Third Coast Music Festival in St. Joseph, Michigan and The Intersection, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The band has come a long way since it's inception in 2005. Growing up from a group of individuals playing each others' tunes into a professional band.

Their first CD titled, 'Goin' Home' was released June 21, 2008 and is available for sale through CDBaby or digital download via DigStation. (Full digital release and ringtones coming soon to your favorite e-store.)

Excerpt from article published in the Battle Creek Enquirer by Justin A. Hinkley 9/26/08. Ninth Street Bridge...Rural harmonies and urban beats, a crossroads for country, classic rock, folk and bluegrass. It's a dobro and an acoustic guitar with two-part harmony vocals, Telecaster licks and a romping three-piece drum line. It's The Doobie Brothers meets George Strait meets Jack Johnson.