MP3 Gabriel Young - Sidewalks and Dirt Roads
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9 MP3 Songs
POP: Folky Pop, JAZZ: Jazz Vocals
After hitting the Athens, Georgia music scene early in January, 2004, Gabriel Young has captivated audiences with their unique brand of acoustic, R&B flavored, pop. The 19-year-old musicians have skillfully constructed a voluminous sound that is uncharacteristic of a duo. The band has already yielded 43 original tunes, demonstrating their effortless approach to songwriting. Their raw talent and stage presence has propelled them into the local spotlight and turned a number of heads in the music world at large.
Gabriel Young's debut album, "Sidewalks & Dirt Roads," (released Dec '04) introduces the band as a fresh, yet emotionally-dynamic duo that produces a mature sound beyond their years. Kalen Young Nash's soulful, R&B influenced vocals cleverly complement Peter Gabriel Zorbanos's bluegrass/folk guitar work. Their combination of contrasting genres creates an unparalleled sound. The delicate pieces "It's You," "Sallie's Song" and "Three Day Weekend" find a subtle balance of rhythm and melody that flatters the tenderness of their subject matter, highlighting the purity of young love.
In March '04 the duo performed at the Athens Breastfest music festival and their song, "Skies Apart," was selected for the 2004 Breastfeast compilation CD. Since then, a number of Athens charities have invited the band to perform, including appearances at Art's for the Animals, the Critter Magazine Ducky Derby and a benefit for the Pumpkin Orphanage.
Last summer, they secured a spot in the line-up at the Sun Ray Music Festival in Carlton, GA among many other locally, regionally and nationally touring bands; including, Randall Bramlett, Moonshine Still, Acoustic Syndicate, Cee-Lo, DJ Qbert, Barbara Cue and Dubconscious. Additionally, they have appeared at a number of colleges and universities including the University of Georgia, Georgia College & State University and Emmanuel College in Royston, GA to a remarkable student response. They have also recently emerged as a favorite on the WUGA 91.7FM radio show "It's Friday".
Their success is phenomenal given their brief existence. The excitement created by the band is quickly spreading across the southeast, where fans are popping up in places the band has never stepped foot.
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