Ten Senators and the Rebel Son
Sometimes an accident can be the best thing that ever happened to you. Chris Bono spent his youth nurturing an all-American dream of professional baseball. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and signed to the University of South Carolina. At the point when he had it all within his reach, he suffered two injuries that forced him into an early retirement. As Vonnegut would say, so it goes.
However, if he hadnít needed something to the fill the time during his recovery, he wouldnít have picked up an acoustic guitar at a local pawnshop. The songs that he churned out during his rehabilitation are the ones that made it onto his debut EP, Escape. So, if baseball doesnít work out for you, why not try rock Ďn roll?
The music on Ten SenatorsÖ is harmonica-heavy country/blues rock. Weaned on a diet of Dylan, Zeppelin, Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Waits, Chris fills the solitary position of a guitar-toting singer-songwriter. His voice is ideally suited for the genre, delivering his lyrics with an ďI am what I am and fuck you if you donít like itĒ attitude. His backing band plays hard and heavy, providing a southern rock flare to what could otherwise be played as stripped-down folk music. In general, Chris does a good job of digesting his influences, giving us a familiar style that is one part Neil Young and one part CCR.
Iíll admit that none of the lyrics really reached out and grabbed me, but thatís more of a personal preference than a comment on Chrisís songwriting ability. If youíre a fan of the quintessential lone traveler sharing his worldly observations in a manner thatís personal enough to make you feel like heís singing to you from your passenger seat, Chris is most likely worth your time.
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