What a spectacular month May has been for record releases. Most recently Six Market Blvd. out of Stephenville, TX released their sophomore project, Shake It Down. They set the bar pretty high for themselves with their first release in 2010, Running On Seven. I still dig that record for the album cuts just as much as the songs they released to radio. If you don’t have Running On Seven yet, do yourself a favor and grab it when you pick up Shake It Down.
Moving forward, to be real blunt, I LOVE THIS RECORD! Shake it Down is if nothing else diverse. You can tell that the 6MB boys are fans of music. All kinds. They’ve studied it and incorporated into this new record. I think anyone who is just an all around fan of music will enjoy this record. They touch on several genres with Shake It Down. Rock N Roll, Southern Rock, Pop, Folk, Americana, Classic Country etc.
I mentioned to Clayton Landau, front man for 6MB 98% of the time, that the song, Still Water – Pillow Case reminded me o f an Eddie Rabbitt melody. That and Mailbox maybe my two favorites. I say that in one breath and in the next breath, I’ll change my mind because I change my mood. That is one of the things I like most about the record is that it’s not methodic. It covers a range of melodies and a range of topics. There is something different around every corner with this record. Though 6MB are still young and fairly new to the scene, the songwriting on this project reaches all demographics. Getting Older is so well written you would swear they’ve seen and been involved in a lifetime of experiences.
The other 2% of fronting 6MB goes to Ben Hussey who takes lead on Medina and Santa Fe Train. Ben proves beyond a shadow of doubt that he does more than just play bass for this band. Ragweed did it when swapping out Cody Canada and Jeremy Plato and it continues with The Departed. 6MB does it here and I think it’s really cool. It’ll surprise you on first listen to hear the switch of vocals. It works like a champ too!
Not to be long winded because I really could with this project but I sincerely enjoy this record. Top to bottom I can’t quit listening to it. This band has ate up the hwy miles and earned their keep. They deserve the success this record should bring them. Put it in your collection and see your own expectations for Texas / Red Music widen.
Good job boys. Congrats and THANK YOU!
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