Bentonville – Bike Rack Records Volume 1, the new compilation featuring music from Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Ashtyn Barbaree, and Brother Moses hit streaming services this past Monday.The 10-song album is the brainchild of Jeff Charlson, partner and CEO of Bike Rack Brewing Co., and Neil Greenhaw, music producer and owner of Haxton Road Studios.
Melody Pond kicks off the album in excellent form. In the grand scheme of all things Northwest Arkansas folk, Fayetteville’s Melody Pond rarely gets the credit or attention due for representing the region as soundly as they do. The country thump of “The River” finds the band discovering both new territory and a well deserved chance of a much wider audience.
Fayetteville indie pop kings, Brother Moses have long been favorites in the offices of Shindigmusic, this slightly more polished take of the Magnolia track “Bushes” reaffirms our affection for this beloved band. The production lends a much better shine to Bro Mo vocalist, James Lockhart’s often lengthy delivery.
Will Gunselman. What a welcomed surprise this was. After multiple listens “Buffalo River Run” proved to be one of this albums finest moments. Americana with a steady feel that isn’t too far off from being a lost The War on Drugs track.
Between winning the 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and wowing crowds at Valley of the Vapors, Flux, Riverfest and Creekfest, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo have had quite the year. This Russellville quintet continues their modus operandi of delivering top quality songwriting at every level with the addition of “Highway Men” to the bands already impressive catalog.
“Some say you asked for this, some say you asked for a fight, walking into the room, by turning off all of the lights” Hullabaloo frontwoman, Jamie Lou Connolly sings on the chorus. Offering a somewhat bleak take on the country’s often contentious response to the #MeToo movement.
Other artists on the album include Will Gunselman, Smokey & The Mirror, Kevin Kiehn, The Silver Lining, Josh Noren, and Emily Nance. All in all this compilation is a fairly accurate representation of the current musical climate rising out of Bentonville. The vinyl version of the record is set to be released with a special album release party on November 9 at The Record in Bentonville. Available on Spotify and iTunes.
Watch the Bike Rack Records documentary below.
Love this video by Ozark Collective documenting the Bike Rack Record! Haxton Road Studios Ashtyn Barbaree Will Gunselman Brother Moses Melody Pond Emily Nance Josh Noren Music Kevin Kiehn Music Jamie Lou and The Hullabaloo Smokey & The Mirror The Silver Lining
Posted by Bike Rack Brewing Co on Tuesday, June 26, 2018