Influences ranging from The Band, Faces, Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Uncle Tupelo/Wilco/Son Volt, Jayhawks and Tom Petty......and a stellar line-up of Twin Cities music vets including Marc Perlman (Jayhawks), Dave Boquist (Son Volt), Noah Levy (Honeydogs, Golden Smog), Peter J. Sands (Honeydogs) as well as good friends Kevin Brown, Bart Bakker, Mike and Kiki Lane, David Beckey and Brian McGuire....this album is sure to please. .................................................... absolutepowerpop.blogpost.com - 'September's Sun' As long-time readers of the site well know, my favorite genre after power pop is alt-country/Americana, so when an artist is at the junction of these two genres I definitely take notice. St. Paul's Charley Dush is one such artist, and he's refined his art to a craft here on September's Sun, his fourth album. Members and former members of such bands as The Jayhawks, Son Volt and The Honeydogs help Charley out here, and if your tastes run in the George Harrison/Tom Petty/Traveling Wilburys area, this disc is a real treat. 'Whiskey Mama' opens on the country side of things, all fiddle, honkytonk piano and sing-along choruses, while 'Drug Test Blues' follows, reminiscent of a more uptempo 'For You Blue'. 'Trouble' is just a flat-out great pop tune, with sweet harmonies and backing fiddles; 'Come In From The Cold' is a midtempo roots number a la the Wilburys' 'End of the Line', and 'Maybe Mounds Park' is a Kinks-style rocker in a pensive key. Other highlights include the Beatlesque 'Sorry', the rollicking 'Jukebox Pulpit' and the trippy 5:44 closing title track, which gives Dush and his mates some room to strech out. Another winner from perhaps Popicana's most consistent artist. Steve Ferra - ................................................... St. Paul Pioneer Press - 'September's Sun' Anyone who has heard St. Paul singer/songwriter Charley Dush's previous albums knows the guy digs the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Byrds. But just in case, the cover art for his newest CD, 'September's Sun,' drives the point home and looks like the child of the Byrds' first box set and Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' The music found inside is every bit as carefully crafted and tuneful as his previous work, with both upbeat power-pop numbers and lush countrified ballads. Check out the liner notes for the impressive list of Dush's fellow travelers, including the Jayhawks' Marc Perlman and Son Volt's Dave Boquist. Dush plays a CD-release show Saturday at Lee's Liquor Lounge with the Belfast Cowboys. Ross Raihala ...................................................... Minneapolis Star Tribune - 'September's Sun' Take this job & Dush it Here's some possible inspiration for any of you who've lost jobs in these tough economic times: St. Paul singer/songwriter Charley Dush got bounced out of his day job recently and immediately went to work on a new album. The results are a boozy and contemplative but far from down-and-out CD called 'September's Sun.' Dush's fourth record, it meshes his Beatles-y melodic style with more of a rollicking alt-country vibe, provided by such MVP backers as Marc Perlman, Dave Boquist and Noah Levy. Standouts include the warm sing-along 'Come in From the Cold' and the hilarious, no-explanation-needed vintage rocker 'Drug Test Blues.' He'll promote the disc Saturday at Lee's with the Belfast Cowboys (9 p.m., $6). Chris Riemenschneider .................................................. Round-The-Dial review of 'September's Sun' St. Paul-based singer/songwriter Charley Dush returns with another warm, insightful batch of Americana nuggets on his fourth outing, September's Sun. This release finds the multi-instrumentalist/board man working with a slew of like-minded souls, including Son Volt co-founder Dave Boquist (Fiddle, banjo, viola,) The Honeydogs' Noah Levy (drums, percussion,) and The Jayhawks' Marc Perlman, who contributes bass on one cut. From the get-go, Dush unabashedly flaunts his George Harrison influences, tossing bits of Byrds, Badfinger, and Beatles pop majesty into the mix for good measure. The disc is rife with the immediate pain of heartbreak, loss, and a palpable search for self. Album opener 'Whiskey Mama' glides in on a lonesome wing and a barstool prayer, Dush's ever-evolving vocals whirling easily amongst upbeat acoustic guitar, moaning mandolin, and honky-tonk piano. The true measure of the backing band's compatability is at it's most apparent here, as 'The Single Malt Singers' join in with the group to create a saloon standard in the making. 'Trouble' touches on the overwhelming emotions involved in a break-up, Boquist's fiddle grounding an otherwise deceptively airy track, while the timely 'Come In From The Cold' fairly bounces out of the gate, a blazing slice of fiery Minnesota pop bolstered by smart lyrics and heavenly 12-string licks. 'Somedays She Gets Strange' is a haunting, soul-chilling anti-ballad, with Boquist laying down almost ethereal violin and viola and Noah Levy keeping loping, hypnotic time. The pop anthem 'Jukebox Pulpit' encapsulates Charley's ouvre in one under-three-minute ode to the power of music, and it's healing abilities: 'The jukebox pulpit is the best message today/Everybody gather 'round for the best gospel yet to come/Raise a toast with your friends/Let the spirit move you again...' The disc winds down with the title cut, a dreamy, keyboard-laden farewell to summer (or the summer of your life) coming to a wistful, bluesy end. This Ed Ackerson-mastered album finds Dush truly coming into his own both vocally and lyrically, and with a cast of players like the ones found here in your corner, the sun's bound to come back 'round again soon. A solid, memorable collection of heartfelt, honest Americana-tinged pop. Tom Hallett - Round The Dial ................................................. Twin Cities - the Decider.com 'September's Sun' review Charley Dush has always been upfront about his somewhat canonical, if not unavoidable (one might even say "boring") influences, which include The Beatles, The Byrds, and Tom Petty. The sounds of those rock stars past ring loud and clear on Dush's fourth album, September's Sun. (Sometimes they ring psychedelic and distorted instead, as on the George Harrison-esque "Sorry, Again.") Featuring guestwork from Dave Boquist (Son Volt), Marc Perlman (Jayhawks), and Noah Levy (Honeydogs), Sun is a good showcase for Dush's sense of humor, unpretentiousness, and ability to tell a three-minute story-especially ones involving partying. The alt-country (easy on the alt-) number "Whiskey Mama," features the refrain "You know we had us some fun / But I can't remember half the things we've done," and the title of "The Drug Test Blues," says it all. Things turn serious around "Going Out Again" which tells the story of a father who goes out drinking, despite his children's pleas that he stay home. Much like his song's anti-heroes, Dush's album is prone to mood swings. -Katya Tylevich Decider Rating: B.
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