What The Media Is Saying About… “The County Well” and the Single “Whiskey Before Noon”
“The County Well” on the Floating Records Label has been making strong impressions on the press and fans around the world, look at what those in the know are saying about this album.
“Founded by musician and songwriter, Don Zimmer, the idea for a musical collective, began on a Sausalito houseboat. If water conducts energy and music is carried through its currents, then, this album is drawing from the well of classic rock, country, blues and jazz that has long inhabited the San Francisco area locale”.
“The County Well is a fresh take on early ’70’s inspired roots, hippie (before jam) and singer-songwriter, with inspired playing and writing. I have featured it on my show since it was added two weeks ago. Not a bad cut on the disc, but to my ears, Mrs. Soul, Mezzanine and Baby caught my ear on the first listen. I really dig the flute and guitar on Mrs Soul. We need more of that independent style and let the ideas see where they take you.”
“This debut disc does what it was meant to do: exemplifies the unique audio offerings of a united underground Country Music scene and then some with its own occasionally odd intermixing of instruments, vocals, and music genres and inspirations. Check out The County Well’s “Future Country” and you just might see the “Light.”
“Turning a deaf ear to time, The County Well advocate for “Whiskey Before Noon” as a way to stop the clock as they wonder ‘is it too early or is it too late.’
“Graham Guest gets the party going with “Alabama,” complete with pedal steel, harmonica, drums and bass in a Paul Simon-like country island jam that features the amazing backing vocals of Sophie Meier. Don Zimmer comes along on “Extra Heavy,” with his Grateful Dead influence as well as lap steel and piano, before becoming more of a troubadour with his tribute-filled “Hollywood.” The album closes with the instrumental tune “Subtle and Serene” before delivering what is sure to become a St. Patrick’s Day standard, “Whiskey Before Noon.”
“Hints of the Grateful Dead throughout and there’s no doubt that Jerry Garcia would have loved to jam with these cats who use mysterious lyrics, flute riffs and a psych-tinged melody on “Mrs. Soul” before heading to the hills for the dobro, steel guitar and harmony vocal filled folk country of “Baby.” “Extra Heavy” is a slow lysergic groove that Deadheads will find familiar and the album closes with the trippy “Subtle and Serene,” an instrumental that is indeed all that the title indicates.”
“The County Well is the collaborative artistic effort of some of the best musicians and composers associated with the Marin County and Northern California region. Our favorite, “Empty Hall,” recounts the tale of a young mother in Oregon, with her son lamenting that, from her, he learned “nothin’, ‘cept nothin’ at all,” with pedal steel from Joel Jaffee.”
“This exciting track features an all-star lineup of Michael Blumenstein from Bread and Circus on guitar, Alyssa Joy Claffey on violin, Gary Carlson from Dewey, Pickett and Howe on bass and Graham Guest from Moses Guest on vocals and guitar. An easy-going, laid-back track, rich in music creativity with a wholesome “toe tapping” quality, a song with a fun and frisky nature and is just one of many great creations on the new album Future Country by The County Well.”
“Just in time for St. Patty’s Day we have a special singled out from Floating Records owner Don Zimmer tell us about the track “Whiskey Before Noon” from The County Well project album “Future Country.”
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