George, by George Shameless Self-Promotion With the release of his new CD, Radio Songs, George V. Nostrand, a.k.a. "George, by George" took a step up and out on the Vermont music scene, and beyond. His CD release party in the small town of Rutland, Vermont drew hundreds of people. A recent show at the Windham in Bellows Falls sold out days before the show. (Look for Live at the Windham CD coming to CD Baby soon!) George describes his music as a "musical stew", combining ingredients of folk, bluegrass, blues, roots and rock music. A solo artist for years, he pulled out all the stops for the album and afore mentioned shows, bringing in numerous musicians to add their own spice to the mix. The CD, Radio Songs is subtitled, The "Solo" Album, as it started out that way, but ended up with over 15 guest musicians. 'Some of these were professional musicians who were friends of mine and others were friends of mine who weren't quite professional musicians...I am very happy with the way it came out and had a great time recording it.' said George. Radio Song has already seen some grassroots cross-country distribution and local radio play. The CD Radio Songs starts out with a humorous commentary on the mainstream radio industry with a chorus that sates proudly, "These songs aren't made for the Radio. 'Cause radio is dead now don't you know. We got canned music, computer-style, ain't seen a DJ in quite a while. No these songs weren't made for the radio." The next track is a solo acoustic number about someone stumbling through life. If You Only Knew, is a sad, pining love song (Gotta' have at least one of those, right?). It's followed by the laughable Blah, a song about how people never listen to the words of a song. Mexico is an upbeat jaunt about...you guessed it - going to Mexico. Griswold Drive is a reminiscent song about the street George grew up on and hanging out with his younger brother. Ladder to the Moon kicks the album into rock mode with a bang, followed by another rock tune called Drift. Enough, the ninth song, sounds like a bunch of people hanging around a campfire or living room and is real catchy. The last song Smokin' in the Rain is the first song George ever wrote w/ a friend from High School. It is dark and depressing yet very beautiful, ending with (real) thunder and rain. Listen long enough and you'll hear one more snippet worth waiting for. - Thanks, George.
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