Winner, Indie-Music.com Editor's Choice Top 25 CDs of 2006 'Unpretentious creative fusion between funk, jazz, and rock, all centered on Lloyd's rhythmic keyboard work. If mainstream radio was playing this kind of music, I'd tune in.' - Jamie Anderson, Indie-Music.com Winner, Best of 2006, Marquee Magazine 'Imagine Ben Folds with Jamiroquai's smooth vocals and groovy basslines. Denver, Colorado is their home fort and if they know what's good for them they'll be supporting this band and helping them achieve the national exposure that they deserve.' - Smother.net music reviews, Nov. 2005 'Denver's Michael Lloyd creates music that is easy to like from the catchy, piano driven funk grooves to the soulful vocals. Almost like a jazzier Ben Folds Five, you can tell Michael pays attention to song-crafting while not writing over your head and keeping the enjoyment factor intact. Songs like 'Wildfire,' '45 At A Time' and the Harry Connick-ish ballad 'So Easily' are subtly brilliant.' - Mark Waterbury, Music Morsels, May 2006 'One of Boulder's best-kept secrets is about to bust wide open.' -- Marquee Magazine music review, Jan. 2006 'I love my job. Instead of having to visit a hundred clubs, I just have to sit back and wait for my editor to send me amazing indie CDs. This is one of them.' -- Jamie Anderson, Indie-Music.com 'Denver's Michael Lloyd Band has created one of the most refreshing local discs I've received in the past three years. Strong piano playing, smooth vocals and tight melodies make this easy rock groover a true winner.' -- Boulder Weekly, 3/10/06 '...a track that I have been listening to non-stop since the beginning of 2006...This is a catchy tune...' -- Gian Fiero, senior music critic MusesMuse.com [review of 'Leave Well Enough Alone' from the Highwaters EP] With songs about bank robbers, relationships and one of the largest disasters in Colorado history, the Michael Lloyd Band is quickly gaining attention for it's dynamic debut recording, the Highwaters EP. Independently released in September 2005, the new all-original EP builds on the energy of artists like Ben Folds and Dave Matthews Band while evoking the classic styles of Steely Dan and Bruce Hornsby. It's an adventurous rock sound steeped in funk, R&B and soul-jazz influences. Singer/songwriter/pianist Mike Liguori was born in Anchorage, Alaska, grew up in northern New Jersey and studied jazz at the University of Colorado. Liguori is joined by guitarist/bassist and co-producer Jim Ruberto on the Highwaters EP, along with talented guest contributors from as far away as Calgary and Venezuela. Amelia Earhart's appearance on '45 At A Time' is among the cameos and interesting lyrical storylines. Amelia is a friend of the band, a relative to the famous aviatrix and a Denver radio traffic reporter. 'Wildfire' was inspired by the personal tragedy behind the largest wildfire in Colorado history - the 2002 Hayman fire. 'Sleepwalking' uses an energetic funk piano riff to set the stage for a bank robber whose motivation turns out to be something other than money.
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