Eleven Fingered Charlie
Review by Stephanie Morgan
Eleven Fingered Charlie is a band that is starting to have a powerful presence in the reggae-rock scene. Influenced by bands such as the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, UB40, Sublime, The Police, Barrington Levy, The Clash amongst others, “Eleven Fingered Charlie began in 2001 with the intentions of creating solid reggae/rock grooves that seamlessly crossed into other genres.” With band members Travis Damron (lead vocals, guitar, ukulele), Justin Fletcher (Bass), Rodney Howell (Tenor Sax, Keys and vocals) and Dustin Hall (Drums & Percussion), Eleven Fingered Charlie has recently released their newest album, Patterns that portrays exactly the kind of talent this band possesses.
The album starts with the song called “Early Morning Rises"; this track is a great way to start your day. Suitably popping on Early Morning Rises as you wake up in a great mood ready to conquer the day’s adventures. The songs upbeat reggae tempo, and very catchy guitar riff immediately puts you in a peaceful state of mind, enticing you to listen to where this album will take you. The next song, “Tonight” follows the theme and taking the listener through the story of a day in the life of EFC. “Tonight” is a personal favorite bringing you into the song with a very melodic horn introduction. The lyrics of the song are both inspirational and intriguing, transporting the listener through an uplifting love story.
Most of their songs on the new album follow their theme, stated in their biographies: “Above all else, EFC stresses a love for all things positive, like good music, good friends and good times with an understanding that life has it’s moments of disparity. Patterns embodies this outlook on life by bringing listeners a positive message supported with harmonious horn sections, reggae-rhythm guitar riffs and base lines as well as catchy drum beats to keep your feet tapping throughout the whole album. This is definitely a classic album to add to your collection. Eleven Fingered Charlie did an excellent job allowing their talent to shine through the album from start to finish and this is certainly an album you can listen to all the way through giving all listeners a more profound appreciation for this genre of music.
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