Brad Mercer – BEST COUNTRY RADIO
The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar-driven songs. The group is led by Paul Justin & Justin Foutz, who trade off on the lead vocals and guitar licks. Paul and Justin formed Rye Brothers in the Summer of 2015 and quickly added a solid rhythm section consisting of Jacob Delott (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Sorenson (drums, backing vocals) to round out this Southern California-based “power-pop” quartet.
The Rye Brothers’ love for rock ‘n’ roll led them to keep it simple and pure: two guitars, bass and drums. They have been raising cane in the honky tonks, bars, casinos and concert halls of California, Arizona, and Nevada and have earned a reputation as a high-energy, kick-a@@ “power-pop” original country band. As a result, they were asked to open for Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and Kevin Fowler.
The band recently went into the recording studio and recorded a self-titled twelve-song demo utilizing Tim Hutton as Producer. Tim also played guitar, backing vocals and keyboards. Once all the tracks were recorded, they brought in Marc DeSito to mix & master the tracks. DeSito has engineered and mixed Grammy-nominated & winning artists including U2, Don Henley, Dwight Yoakam, Robbie Robertson, Buddy Guy & many more.
At first listen you can hear the rock n’ roll influences of early Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, and Sweet, while also pulling from modern country rockers like Eric Church, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Dwight Yoakam. “Sixteen” is a rocking pop number about the innocence & reckless abandon of being a teen with an infectious guitar hook and anthem backing vocals. “Baby I” is a power-pop ballad with country overtones that builds to a classic rock guitar solo reminiscent of “lighter’s in the air” moments of arena-rock anthems. Truly, who doesn’t love a good guitar solo! “Guitar with A Missing String” is a classic country love song with clever lyrics and catchy guitar hooks, with Justin’s guitar playing sounding like a hybrid of Elliot Easton, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
Rye Brothers are a complete package and ready to blow out your speakers, rock your soul and make you forget about the daily grind. Go ahead and give them a listen, you might find yourself singing the songs long after you turned off the audio player.
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