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Youngstown, Ohio native JD Eicher is on tour in support of his most recent album, The Middle Distance, which was released in May 2016. Eicher’s sound is arnest and assured, comforting and bluesy. Last year, the singer/songwriter collaborated with best-selling author Nicholas Sparks to celebrate Sparks’ 20 years of publishing books. Eicher produced an original song [“Two by Two”] as well as additional music to accompany Sparks’ novel, Two By Two [published in October 2016]. The EP included a re-recorded version of “Not Afraid” from The Middle Distance, as well as two remasters of previously released songs — “Love Is Gonna Find You” and “The Last Love Song.”
March 3, 2017 | Madison, WI – Crescendo Music Bar & Café**
March 4, 2017 | Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall**
March 5, 2017 | Berwyn, IL – The Wire**
March 6, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN – Fountain Square Brewery**
March 9, 2017 | Spring Lakes, MI – Seven Steps Up**
March 10, 2017 | Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Tavern**
March 11, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café**
March 16, 2017 | Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 – New York, NY
March 19, 2017 | Boston, MA – Atwoods Tavern**
**denotes dates with Ruby Rose Fox
Opening track “Promise” features evocative, potent vocals, an upbeat melody and a catchy chorus–“and we’ll be rocking like a rolling stone/ cruising through time zones/ I promise I, I promise I won’t let you stand alone”– that stays in your head in a positive way. Singer/songwriter Lauren Marsh’s impressive and distinctive vocals make this EP a stand-out. She reminds me of Rachel Platten with the combination of powerful vocals and memorable arrangements. Marsh utilizes major vocal range in a pretty, confident, emotional manner.
Veracity means a devotion to the truth and Marsh absolutely remains true to herself and her talents. Many of us have overcome tragedy and faced challenges but can we all write gorgeous, meaningful songs that stem from these experiences? 24-year-old Marsh faced a hostile stalker, recovered from a severe car accident in 2013 as well as a night in NYC, which ended in the hospital ER when someone deliberately drugged her drink. She started writing songs at age 14 using her poetry. It’s natural that she’d continue to write songs and use songwriting to cope with these anxiety-inducing incidents.
“Wildfire” resonates in a more subdued manner. It’s softer and gentle. It sways although Marsh’s voice generates as much sentiment. Retro influences propel the beautiful “We Hit the Ground.” The vocals plead–“You take my time, my heart and my mind, spinning round and around, we hit the ground “– while the song’s arrangement transports the listener back to another decade. Soaring vocals effectively persuade on “Never Let You Go.” Finally the gentle “Dear Love” features a delicate harmony and contemplative vocals–“in this life we’ll never know what to expect.” Marsh remains thoughtful with her lyrics and consistent with her vocal style. Add this to your must-listen list.
–review by Amy Steele
Release date: January 22, 2016
line-up includes: Tony Lucca, Matt Duke, Ingram Hill, Brendan James, Todd Carey, Ernie Halter, Curtis Peoples, and more.
purchase at: Welcome to the Hotel Carolina