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MP3 Country Blue - O Brother, Here They Come

Imagine Springsteen and Tom Petty sitting in at the the Grand Ole Opry. Garcia and Grisman jamming with Pink Floyd in a Nashville honky tonk. Country Blue; a little something for everyone.

13 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Rock, ROCK: Americana

Country Blue is an alternative country rock band based in the Philadelphia metro area. This all original act features a virtually endless pool of songwriting talent in two cousins, Bobby Kirk and Michael Orzek.

Country: Kirk has been a fixture in the Delaware Valley music scene for years from his days as a front man with the Calycs to his work as a producer for The Mighty Finger Kings, Band X, and Positive Craze. As a writer, "he''s a little bit country", giving his down-home blue-collar visions of every day life. All this delivered with wit and a raw edge, reminiscent of Dylan, Young, and Springsteen.

Blue: Orzek, a New Jersey native, spent the 90''s "abroad" in Dallas, Texas and Washington, DC. While in Texas, he returned to his musical roots by immersing in the vibrant blues scene of Dallas. Toting his gig bag and song book, he returned to the East Coast in the late 90''s. Along the way he was front man for the bands, Nuclear Jukebox and Vox Rocket. While living outside of DC, he continued writing his songs, full of introspection and a good dose of the blues. All delivered through a deep, soulful voice, and his signature guitar style.

Collision course, 2002: Orzek returned home to Southern New Jersey and within weeks he and cousin, Bobby Kirk were putting their talents together in the studio. The result is Country Blue.

Backed by some of the finest musicians anywhere, they are ready to rock the house. On pedal steel, banjo, dobro, and anything strung with steel, longtime Nashville session man, Jim Heffernan legitimizes the country in this band. Jim has played with greats such as Brad Paisley and Joe Diffie.

Philly jazz keyboardist extrordanaire, Rich Budesa, adds his special talents to everything he plays. On drums, guitars, and a museum full of instruments is Ernie the Monster. This cat can fill all the stops and has been a touring professional for many years. Dennis Locantore is an incredible in-the-pocket bassist with a built in metronome. Nashville player, Jack Zawacki, adds some fantastic fiddle playing and some crunching Les Paul guitar leads to the mix.

Together this band is impressing audiences as a Round Mound of Sound as witnessed at shows such as 92.5, WXTU''s celebration at the Tweeter Center with Alabama, Trisha Yearwood and others.

Country Blue is catching the eyes and ears of producers and publishers in Nashville. The band has recorded their debut album in Sigma Studios in Philadelphia. This record was produced by Jim Heffernan (4 gold and 3 Platinum records to his resume), one of Florida''s best studio guitarists and recording engineers, Ray Nesbit, and studio engineer Gordon Rice who has worked on countless professional releases.

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