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Jesse Jarnow
2003-04-26

Somewhere in Between - Earthbound
With five credited songwriters, it's amazing that Earthbound's Somewhere In Between holds together as well as it does. The band comes clearly cut from the Southern jamband tradition, though mix the elements nimbly -- from the acoustic leanings of "Stony Ridge Road" to the distantly reggae tinges of "The Great Unknown." The music itself isn't remarkably original (listen to the positively Garcia-esque solo on the latter tune), but the musicians fit together well. During the numerous solos, each of the five musicians is constantly contributing something interesting to the mix. Instead of playing mere support roles, they add almost microscopically to the total picture. And, hey, they've got heart. Oblique Strategies says: "What would your closest friend do?" More info... www.earthboundonline.com


http://www.jambands.com/CDReviews/content_2003_04_26.00.phtml - Jambands.com


Birmingham News (AL)
BAND ON THE RUN: EARTHBOUND

April 25, 2003
Section: Lifestyle
Cindy Peek

Personnel: Scott Hudson, guitar and vocals; Clinton Mann, guitar and vocals; Kent Donovan, keys and vocals; Brad Porter, drums; Ed Meredith, bass; Wes Keith, manager/booking; Sam Ray, stage manager. What: Guitarist Hudson describes the group's sound as "rock fusion most of the time, except a reggae or country tune here and there." The Birmingham-based band formed in 1999. Discs: Earthbound released its debut, "Somewhere in Between," last year. The band is gearing up to record its sophomore CD. Tracks: Songs on the disc include "Live the Dream," "Rockin' Me Goodnight," "Sun Went Down" and "Stony Ridge Road." In store: "Somewhere in Between" is available at Laser's Edge, Slip Disc, on the band's Web site and at its shows. Where you'll hear them: Earthbound will hit the stage May 8 at The Mill. Also, the band will perform May 10 at Do Dah Day at Caldwell Park and May 16 at Bailey's Pub. Behind the music: Each band member contributes to the songwriting. "Even when I write a tune, I bring it to the band and we work it out," Hudson says. "It usually is different than what I had in my head and that's what makes it cool." On that note: "Even though the lyrics are very difficult, they are easy to hold on to," Donovan says. "We write about what people can relate to." It's a fact: "Clinton and I met through a mutual friend and then we met Kent one night when an electrical storm crippled the power," Hudson recalls. "Clinton and I stepped on the front porch to play our acoustic guitars, Kent heard the music, grabbed his guitar, which became our first official jam." Influences: The Kingston Trio, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, reggae, J.J. Cale, Howlin' Wolf. Off stage: When he's not performing, drummer Porter says you'll find him practicing. Donovan says he can be found spending time with his kids, playing golf or fishing. Hudson says he likes to hike and camp. Claim to fame: "Our upcoming festivals are Do Dah Day on the Main Stage and at the Whippoorwill Creek Bluegrass Festival, which is a two-day festival with Sam Bush, Red Stick Ramblers and many others in the bluegrass world up in Altoona," Keith says. Practice schedule: "Usually twice a week, if performance schedule will allow," Donovan says. Most requested songs: "Alabama Reggae," "The Great Unknown," "Noah's Boat," "Going Back" and "Today." Band favorites: "I like 'Never is Too Late' when we do it right, I feel that song truly has a meaning to it that strikes a cord with me," Hudson says. "It is one of the few songs I really look around to see how the crowd is reacting." Mann says he prefers playing "The Great Unknown." How is it unique?: "One thing I think sets us apart is that we are willing to experiment a lot," Hudson says. Donovan adds: "We are always following the music, we don't want to get in a rut and stay there." Cover me: The band's renditions of tunes include Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and "Tangled Up in Blue," the Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street," J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light" and Bo Diddley's "Mona." Name game: "We are environmentally conscious, that is what the name Earthbound is all about," Mann says. Shows per year: "Seventy-five to 100, and looking for more," Donovan says.

Web site: www.earthboundonline.com.
E-mail the band at kyndproductions@bellsouth.net.

Members of Earthbound are, from left, Clinton Mann, Ed Meredith, Scott Hudson, Marcus London and Kent Donovan. "We would like to recruit people who are little more adventurous musically, or that don't mind a little more than the middle of the road to come out and see us live," guitarist Hudson says. - Birmingham News


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Earthbound is Birmingham based band that from the looks of their website, lives on the road. They're getting rave reviews!

Jilda Watson
"The Whippoorwill Creek Ranch Bluegrass Festival"
August 2003 - The Snake Skin


DRUM!
Vol. 12 # 6
September/October 2003
Special Jamband Drumming Issue

Profiles in Jamming

Drummer: Marcus London

Band: Earthbound/Dead Hand System

Website: www.earthboundonline.com/www.deadhandsystem.com

Influences: John Bonham, Tommy Lee, Stewart Copeland, Kenny Aronoff, Russell Batiste, Danny Carey

Pet Peeve: My biggest [problem] in the studio is engineers that insist you record to a click track. That may be fine for other genres of music, but jam music is supposed to be organic and breathing, and you just can’t get that with a click.

http://www.drummagazine.com/
http://drummagazine.com/html/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=12 - DRUM!


http://www.bhamweekly.com


“Whippoorwill also features local favorites Earthbound, whose latest album Somewhere in Between proves that you don’t have to play bluegrass exclusively to be masters of your craft, as most genre devotees are won’t to believe. In the tradition of such heroes as the Grateful Dead in their electric-less heyday, Earthbound combines top-notch picking with the trappings of the modern age. The band emerges triumph with a neo-traditional offering that promises to charm even the most diehard of Monroe-philes”…
Daisy M. Winfrey,
Birmingham Weekly “Whippoorwill calls”
September 4-11, 2003 - Birmingham Weekly


Earthbound has been labeled grassroots groove and Alabama reggae. The guys blend blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, and reggae to come out with their own home cooked stew called Earthbound. They are currently on tour supporting their debut CD "Somewhere in Between".

2003 Bayfest Artist:
Better Than Ezra, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Earthbound, Hootie and the Blowfish, Keith Urban, Ludacris, Sugar Ray, Tantric, The Gap Band, The Manhattans, Trace Adkins, Village People and many more - Mobile


Earthbound has been labeled grassroots groove and Alabama reggae. The guys blend blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, and reggae to come out with their own home cooked stew called Earthbound. They are currently on tour supporting their debut CD "Somewhere in Between".

2003 Bayfest Artist:
Better Than Ezra, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Earthbound, Hootie and the Blowfish, Keith Urban, Ludacris, Sugar Ray, Tantric, The Gap Band, The Manhattans, Trace Adkins, Village People and many more - Mobile


Discography

Somewhere in Between - 2001

1. Sun Went Down
2. Had it All the Time
3. All the Same
4. Stony Ridge Road
5. The Great Unknown
6. I Believe
7. Live the Dream
8. Rockin' Me Goodnight
9. Noah's Boat
10. Today
11. Going down the Road Feeling Bad
12. Never is Too Late

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Bio

Earthbound hails from Birmingham, Alabama. . The band members also draw musical inspiration from each other on stage as their live performances have created a buzz throughout the Deep South. Over the past couple years, Earthbound has toured extensively throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. Their first album, Somewhere In Between, displays the band’s original songs with an eclectic interest in blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, reggae, and straight-up rock’n’roll. Earthbound is currently in the studio recording their yet-untitled second album to be released in the near future. Thanks for Supporting live music!

Venues Played: The Zydeco (Birmingham, AL) The Mill (Birmingham, AL) The Brandyhouse (Atlanta, GA) Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta, GA) Barley’s Tap Room (Knoxville, TN) Bourbon Street (Auburn, AL) Chelsea’s (Baton Rouge, LA) George Street (Jackson, MS) Lounge Lizard’s (New Orleans, LA) Rhythm & Brews (Chattanooga, TN) Olde Town Tavern (Pensacola, FL) Gypsy Lounge (Meridian, MS) The Booth (Tuscaloosa, AL) Jake’s Toadhouse (Decatur, GA) Rabb’s (Ruston, LA) Michael’s Pub (Montgomery, AL) Snapperhead’s (Destin, FL) Windows On The Cumberland (Nashville, TN) Sixth Street (Monroe, LA)

Festivals Played: Odyssey Festival (Auburn, AL) Do Dah Day (Birmingham, AL ) Bama Concert Series (Birmingham, AL) Bayfest (Mobile, AL) Center Stages (Birmingham, AL) Whippoorwill Creek Bluegrass Festival (Altoona, AL) Chattanooga Crawfish Boil (Chattanooga, TN) Blueberry Jam (Rydal, GA) Gardendale Music Festival (Gardendale, AL) Tomato Festival (Rutledge, TN) Faunsdale Bike Rally (Faunsdale, AL)

In-Studio Performances: WBRC Fox 6 “Good Day Alabama” (Birmingham, AL) WZKR 103.3 “The Art of Great Music” (Meridian, MS) WZGC z93 “The Dunhams” (Atlanta, GA) KXKZ 107.5 “The Roadhouse Show” (Ruston, LA)

With five credited songwriters, it's amazing that Earthbound's Somewhere In Between holds together as well as it does. The band comes clearly cut from the Southern jamband tradition, though mix the elements nimbly -- from the acoustic leanings of "Stony Ridge Road" to the distantly reggae tinges of "The Great Unknown." During the numerous solos, each of the five musicians is constantly contributing something interesting to the mix. Instead of playing mere support roles, they add almost microscopically to the total picture. And, hey, they've got heart. …. Jesse Jarnow Jambands.com