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"Woodstock air suits one young band"

Mechanical Bull "A Million Yesterdays" (Independent 2007)

Woodstock air suits one young band

Forget the galaxy of stars the various members of Mechanical Bull have shared a stage with, this is an album that needs no justification or reflected glory.
With a band name like Mechanical Bull you could be forgiven for expecting an album of sawdust strewn, barroom honky tonk, step aside the line dancers are ready.

But this an album born out of Woodstock. Chase Pierson, Avalon Peacock, Adam Widoff, Dave Malachowski, Chris Zaloom, George Quinn, J-Bird Bowman, Josh Pierson and John Medeski followed the inspiration of The Band and holed themselves up in a house only to emerge with A Million Yesterdays fully formed.
Don’t run away with the idea that the members of Mechanical Bull are comparing themselves to such legends - although Malachowski has worked with Garth Hudson – and A Million Yesterdays is not Music From The Big Pink but it has to be said that the Woodstock air has worked its magic again.

Firstly this isn’t a country. Americana or particularly any other genre of album, it’s all of the above and the result makes the result none of them.
On Dreamy Days Avalon Peacock rips the heart out of the song and snaps your soul with its beauty. It alone would cement her place at the top table of torch song singers, male or female, a feeling heightened by the atmosphere she creates on Lukewarm Coffey which hangs in the air like storm clouds ready to burst. Then along comes Chase Pierson grabbing the country rock of Debts by the scruff of the neck, shaking and playing it in the same way a cat does a mouse.

A Million Yesterdays is about the realization of possibilities. A vocalist who growls his way through a song bolstered by a razor sharp riff isn’t new, here it sounds as if it might just be. Mechanical Bull bring a freshness and excitement to what should be very familiar.

When Mechanical Bull do go a little bit country, it’s the mean, dark, deep kind of country, the kind that comes with an inbuilt threat, although the exception that proves the rule is Biggest Nerd In The Class. However even this seemingly light piece of whimsy has a substance and flesh that sets it apart.

A Million Yesterdays is an undeniably powerful album, whether overtly as in the case of Left Turn In Jersey or more opaquely as with Goodbye Woodstock. The emotional contrasts within the album are given by voice by the stark difference between Pierson and Peacock - definitely not two Ps in an ipod .

What A Million Yesterdays shows beyond any doubt is that Mechanical Bull is not an ‘instant band’ just add water for catchy country. There is a real sense of root about the music, it comes from somewhere meaningful and it has heart as well as soul.

Any listener willing to make the effort will be well rewarded by a young band with energy and fresh perspective.

Date review added: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Reviewer: Michael Mee
Reviewers Rating: - AmericanaUK

"Mechanical Bull, A Million Yes-"

And More Again

There is not one good or authentic country & western song in the entire movie, but there's still Debra Winger riding the mechanical bull like it was meant to be rode and that's enough.
-- Don Graham, Giant Country

Mechanical Bull, A Million Yes-
terdays, Woodstock MusicWorks

The name conjures up images of Debra Winger in Urban Cowboy (you know, simulating sex on the barroom fixture
in question). I'm not sure that's such a good thing, although
your mileage may vary. Nonetheless, this Woodstock sextet
does put a citified spin on country, so it seems somehow fitting.

Yet describing Mechan-
ical Bull's second full-
length as country or alt-
country is rather reductive.

I'm reminded more of Fleetwood Mac in the way Chase Pierson and Avalon Peacock (the daughter of composer Annette Peacock) harmonize. They've got a Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie thing going on, except Pierson sounds more like Steve Earle than Buckingham.

A Million Yesterdays conjures up California's country-rock scene of the '70s combined with the Paisley Underground's more independent-minded approach—except for that West Coast part...and those mountains of cocaine. Nice touch: Medeski, Martin and Wood's John Medeski contributes Hammond B3 organ to the torchy "Luke Warm Coffee." - And More Again


Metro Spirit review

"A Million Yesterdays"
Woodstock Music Works

AUGUSTA, GA - The band Mechanical Bull delivers an unusual blend of classic rock and roots rock with a hint of country.

Bull’s style is individual and also original. The main sounds that seem to stand out on this groups' CD are the unique vocals and guitar playing and distortion and tremelo. This gives Mechanical Bull it's own signature. In my opinion, “A Million Yesterdays” is a recommended listen to classic rock fans.

The song "Crazy Lady" has a rockin’ guitar beginning that sounds similar to Kenny Wayne Shepard and the Marshall Tucker Band. It's cool to hear some accompanying lead guitar throughout this song. This is one thing that has disappeared from much of the current music on the radio. This song could easily be a hit tune played on Top 40 Radio. Mechanical Bull is a band of accomplished musicians.

"Find a Home" has even more great lead guitar and signature rock vocals and harmony. Bands such as the Bull give listeners hope that rock ‘n’ roll is still alive, but just unorganized. This band strengthens my belief that we are on the verge of a rock-guitar-based band resurgence!

This group was a bit of a surprise, especially with the two tracks that were mentioned, because it’s a band that has found its own sound. If you're a fan of classic rock and roots rock and you like a touch of country music, try Mechanical Bulls’ new CD "A Million Yesterdays" available at - Metro Spirit review

"Mechanical Bull - A Million Yesterdays"

Cable and Tweed review

Mechanical Bull - A Million Yesterdays
Well, crap. I drove from Athens to Atlanta last night to see Beat the Devil, only to learn that their van broke down and they didn't make it. Wound up seeing Cloverfield instead, which was underwhelming. At least I got to listen through some more albums while on the road.

Avalon Peacock and Chase Pierson of Mechanical Bull

Woodstock, New York, country/folk sextet Mechanical Bull released their A Million Yesterdays [buy] in November. The band's blog documents numerous positive reviews from press in their home state and beyond, and I'll join those voices with a qualification.

A Million Yesterdays is generally impressive -- the songwriting and instrumentation are top-notch, and the band pulls in master organist John Medeski to guest on "Luke Warm Coffee." Dual vocalists contribute to the record, with band head honcho Chase Pierson taking the male lead and Avalon Peacock the female vocals. Peacock's voice is angelic, and I wouldn't mind it featured more; that's primarily because I'm not as enamored with Pierson's singing. When it's understated and hushed it's effective, but at times his raspy vocals are too much like Widespread Panic's John Bell for my tastes. Certainly a promising sophomore effort with some real gems. - Cable and Tweed review

"4 Stars (out of 4)"

4 Stars (out of 4)

The Daily News review was four out of four stars, and it reads: “OK, I admit it. I’m a sucker for the boy-girl singing dynamic. Always have been. Add Mechanical Bull — with the fantastic one-two punch of Chase Pierson and Avalon Peacock sharing vocals — to the list of original, under-the-radar artists taking residence on my iPod....From Peacock’s soaring, almost angelic vocals on “Dreaming Days” and “Desert Air,” to Pierson’s growling drawl on “Debts” and the hilariously off-beat “Biggest Nerd In The Class,” there aren’t many missteps on this 12-track collection. Additional keepers include “Crazy Lady,” “Luke Warm Coffee,” “Left Turn in Jersey” and the disc-closing “DJ Dancer (Isa’s Song),” a tune about Pierson’s 7-year-old daughter. It’s worth giving this Mechanical Bull a ride.”

Jeffery Sisk McKeesport PA Daily News 01.10.08 - PA Daily News

""A Million Yesterdays""

Albany Times Union

Woodstock-based alt-country combo Mechanical Bull celebrates the release of its sophomore effort, "A Million Yesterdays" on the Woodstock MusicWorks label, with a bash at 9 tonight at Bearsville Theater. With a dozen original tunes, the album features the sultry vocals of Avalon Peacock, the gruff, dust-caked voice of Chase Pierson and the guitar twang of David Malachowski (who also writes for the Times Union). - Albany Times Union

"Tess’ Lark Tavern, Thursday"

Metroland Nov 8 2007

Mechanical Bull

Tess’ Lark Tavern, Thursday

With their newly released second CD, A Million Yesterdays, Ulster County-based country act Mechanical Bull seem poised to break through to a mainstream audience. The group, led by guitarist-vocalist Chase Pierson and singer Avalon Peacock, recorded Yesterdays over the summer at Pierson’s home in the Woodstock area, and the result is a charmingly organic and commercially viable disc with lyrics that occasionally tread the fine line between stupid and clever. Regional guitar-slinger David Malachowski provides some tasty licks, and famed Hammond organist John Medeski guests on one track, making it a bit of an all-star affair. Joining the band for a country-riffic evening at Tess’ place are New York-based artist Erin Sax Seymour and new local talent Jesse Stewart. (Nov. 8, 9 PM, $5, 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779) - Metroland

"This is Mechanical Bull"


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Here is more from the live music Friday night. This is Mechanical Bull, which I would say is a cross between mellow Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams. The slide guitar player pulled off some licks that I will NEVER forget. Very entertaining and very solid. They also work the western motif quite well. And that's no bull. - peaceloveandmovies

"No Bull"

Sonic Strom

No Bull

I saw Mechanical Bull, the band for which Pierson and Peacock serve as front folks, at the Woodstock Film Festival last month, and I was very impressed.

This ensemble walks the line of country swing, Lynyrd Skynyrd southern rock and there is something about it for me that is reminiscent of Nirvana. These folks have a record release party tonight, Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Bearsville Theater, and I imagine it's going to be a rootsy, down-home, Saturday night on Thursday in the Catskill Mountains kind of evening.

Here's the deal, Doors at 8 p.m.; Show at 9 p.m.
Tickets $10
Visit or for info.

Chase is an interesting guy. He was born in Nottingham, England, the land of Robin Hood, you know, that whole Sheriff of Nottingham thing. He said he has lived on "every state on the east coast" as well as Texas. He and his family moved around a lot when he was a kid. His father was a minister, Episcopalian.

But, Chase said, "I'm an atheist."

Chase has lived in Woodstock about eight years and had learned the guitar many moons ago, he is now 33, from his parents, but recently, "I got back into it."

Chase got introduced to country music through his parents, who listened to Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, that kind of thing. In high school, he was into punk - The Dead Kennedys anybody?

"When I was 20. I got really into Rev. Horton Heat," and that "led me into the world of country."

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys anybody? Chase loves them. And that's pretty cool in my book.
Chase, who has lived in Austin and while there, delved into a country scene that wsa Junior Brown, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard rather than Toby Keith, said "People, when they hear the word country, I think there is a lot, just like there is a lot of variety out there."

Chase describes Mechanical Bull as "country, with a little bit of southern rock. It's kind of eclectic."
Chase used to live in Jacksonville, Florida, which he told me is where those Skynyrd boys came from. That music, he said, "Is exciting. It kind of moves."

Adam Widoff, who regularly tours the world with major names but has also played cozy Catskill Mountain Rock with Stoney Clove Lane, plays guitar for Mechanical Bull. Avalon Peacock's voice is worth the price of admission alone, but the star of this show is Chris Zaloom and the Eric Clapton-like soulfulness he brings to the pedal steel guitar and Dobro. Oh my goodness.

"A Million Yesterdays," the CD that the Bull is releasing tonight, comes out on Woodstock MusicWorks Records, a new, local label that Chase speaks very highly of.

The band released its first record, "and we did it ourselves and I'm new to the music industry and I didn't know what to do with it. I didn't know how to work it.

The gang over at Woodstock MusicWorks, Chase said, a gentleman named Paul Schiavo specifically, "They're really helping us with P.R. and they paid for our record to be made and all these things."

"Paul is very clever," Chase said.

And how aboutz that name....

"I always liked that name. I liked the way it sounds. I don’t like to get too meteaphroical and it wasn’t metaphorical at all the way it was conceived. I just like the name Mecanical Bull. I liked the combination of something that is mechanical and something that is organic."

On top of being a very solid, very different band, I admire Chase's honesty, in this case, regarding the opener, Erin Sax Seymour.

"I haven’t heard her," he said. "But I heard she's awesome."

Posted by John W. Barry - Sonic Strom


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Mechanical Bull "A Million Yesterdays"
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Growing up a preacher's son is never an easy task, but apparently that lifestyle can lead to a killer record as Chase Pierson of Mechanical Bull has proved with A Million Yesterdays on Woodstock MusicWorks. Every few years Pierson moved whenever the good lord told his father to do so. As an adult, the wandering didn't stop as Pierson has lived in Boston as a crew chief on an ambulance, proceeding to Texas as a mechanic and tow truck driver and to Kansas as an appliance repairman. These cross-country endeavors are the ingredients that went into concocting A Million Yesterdays. The six-piece country folk band has been a local hit and an underground phenomenon due to their rustic, unique sound and their tragically humorous lyrics. The follow up to last year's All Hat No Cattle features compelling new tunes written by singer/songwriter and ringleader Chase Pierson – and sung by Pierson and Avalon Peacock. Peacock's vocals are intrinsic to Mechanical Bull's sound. She is the daughter of legendary composer Annette Peacock, and has performed with artists such as George Clinton and Coheed and Cambria. Labelmates George Quinn, Chris Zaloom, J-Bird Bowman and David Malachowski round out the band, while renowned keyboardist John Medeski chimes in on B3 for the track "Luke Warm Coffee. The juxtaposition of Pierson's gruff growl and Peacock's angelic, yet dark pipes makes for a sound new and innovative. Add in Zaloom's slinky steel and dobro, Malachowski's bendy blues licks, Quinn's lovely mandolin, Bowman's infectious groove, and Adam Widoff (Lenny Kravitz, Toshi Reagon, David Torn, Kate Pierson, Mercury Rev) on, well, everything, A Million Yesterdays comes fresh out of the box timeless and true. A Million Yesterdays is loaded with songs ranging from subjects about Chase's seven-year-old daughter ("DJ Dancer"), to political songs about rejecting the social institutions that relentlessly try to conform one to hierarchical structures ("Biggest Nerd In The Class)." All in all, there's something for every music fan to tap their foot or nod their head in agreement with Mechanical Bull.