Brian Lindsay

Brian Lindsay

BandRockAmericana

Fearless performer and prolific songwriter keeping the truly American art form of Rock'n'Roll burning bright with his new release "The Crossing" on the GFI Music label!

Biography

Stations currently spinning The Crossing:
KAXE MN, KBUT CO, KDNK CO, KFAN TX, KPFT TX, KRCL UT, KSLU LA, KSRQ MN, KTKE CA, KVNF CO, KZMU UT, KZRC TX, WALW AL, WBCG FL, WBZA NY, WERU ME, WMKY KY, WMNF FL, WMSV MS, WMWV NH, WNMC MI, WOLV MI, WQNR AL, WQRZ MS, WRUR NY, WYEP PA, WYOU VA, WERH AL,KAXE MN, KBUT CO, KDNK CO, KFAN TX, KPFT TX, KRCL UT, KSLU LA, KSRQ MN, KTKE CA, KVNF CO, KZMU UT, KZRC TX, WALW AL, WBCG FL, WBZA NY, WERU ME, WMKY KY, WMNF FL, WMSV MS, WMWV NH, WNMC MI, WOLV MI, WQNR AL, WQRZ MS, WRUR NY, WYEP PA, WYOU VA, KEHO HI, KUNM NM, KSMF OR, KVMR, KERH AL

Detailed review of The Crossing from Saby Reyes-Kulkarni at www.Rochester-citynews.com

Let’s face it, blending Rock,Soul and Americana is nothing new. Many artists have done it in fresh, exciting ways, and we may even right now be in the middle of one of the greatest creative surges those musical forms have ever seen. But singer/songwriter Brian Lindsay’s debut album, The Crossing, should assure him his rightful place at the table -- crammed as it is already with the innovators and visionaries who precede him.

It may seem hard to believe that an artist can convey sincerity before he’s even uttered a word, but Lindsay accomplishes just that (with the help of producer/arranger Mark Gifford) in the Crossing’s first few seconds, when a harmonica calls out against soaring acoustic guitars in a vibrant, life-like musical backdrop that would have sounded flat, empty and canned had there been an ounce of calculated cynicism in putting it together.

When Lindsay’s voice does come in, he sounds reassuring, warm and profoundly human. Not unlike Neil Young, Lindsay values feeling over perfection, an approach that works wonders. His phrasing is immediately, strikingly distinctive. And, because of his skillful balance of assuredness and vulnerability, emotion prevails in each performance. Earnest lyrics combine with the material to create a mood that remains down-to-earth and accessible until the album concludes.

Nowadays, it seems the music world is littered with half-baked country songs set to macho posturing and flaccid electric guitars trying to sound tough. That stuff may make good, disposable fodder for truck commercials -- and make for a great laugh -- but you’ll recognize the real deal when you hear it all over The Crossing. Lindsay’s back-up cast plays with striding confidence, but they never overplay their hand. This is certainly hard-knuckled rock and roll, but the players -- including Lindsay on acoustic guitar -- forego swagger for heart, a choice which gives the music real power instead of just force.

A far cry from the sanitized radio-friendly attempts at rock coming out of Nashville these days, Lindsay’s work is nonetheless resplendent with savvy arrangements that make The Crossing a rich, textured listen. There’s touches of R&B (the back-up vocals of “It’s All About You”) subdued, Elvis Costello-styled blues rock (the sweet saxophone on “Forever Yours”), doo-wop (the haunting atmosphere of “The Night is Long”), bar-room blues (the slide guitar on “Unconditional”), and other flavors as well.

Lyrically, Lindsay is a classic example of the artist who is able to dig into his own sensitivity and find strength. And he possesses that rare knack for avoiding narcissism and self-pity. He finds his muse in the world around him, so his music resonates with conscience. With a flair that’s often gentle and fleeting but deftly poetic, Lindsay acknowledges tragedy in this country’s past, (the once proud Native American country from “The Crossing”), captures the pain of being disapproved of by a lover’s old man on account of his background (Now your daddy don’t know me/said someday I’ll walk away from “East Side of the River”), and soberly questions violence both nationally and abroad (Now we build weapons/to arm rebels overseas/I’m not sure I want any part of that from “American Justice”).

Mostly, Lindsay takes an admirably straightforward approach to lyrics. But occasionally he makes great use of ambiguity (whispers in the dark/knocking at the door/strangers in the night/voices I ain’t never heard before, a final verse that casts a dark uncertainty on the otherwise devoted tone of “Unconditional”), and even wry irony (I never wanted to be no rock star/there goes the last of the true believers, from “The Last of the True Believers”).

Lindsay embodies the new American values of conscientiousness and social introspection. Americana-rock music is a better place now that he’s around. Once you hear him, you’ll want to ask, “where you been all this time?”

For a full CD contact:
585-305-3341
585-342-0808
email: bootlegger@brianlindsay.net
website:www.brianlindsay.net

Lyrics

The Crossing

Written By: Brian Lindsay

The Crossing

There’s a place out past the city line
The highway turns into dirt road
Where the land and the waters meet
Once proud Native American country
Baby ,Let’s slip away

At the end of the day
When the night comes calling
Take the dirt road to the water
Down to the Crossing

They rode the bay line up from Sea breeze
Stood on the platform at Ides’ station
Took the long walk down from the railroad
Meet on a summer’s day at Ides’ cove
Let’s slip away

I heard a song last night on the radio
Reminded me of days at Keuka Lake
Now those days seem like a hundred years ago
How come I can’t let ‘em go?
I can’t let ‘em go

There’s a fire burning on the beach tonight
A party down at Point Pleasant
A full moon rising in the summer sky
Fireworks exploding on the fourth of July
Let’s slip away

Discography

"The Crossing" on the GFI label(Indie)
Contact:Tony Gross
585-265-1240
ASCAP
Copyright 2004 / release date April 2005

Set List

3 sets of originals / 3 sets of popular covers or a mixture of both that include songs from such artists as The Stones,Springsteen,Petty,Who,Dylan and a mixture of Classic & Modern Rock.