The 'Nation of the Free' album launch party at Tin Pan Alley's iconic 12 Bar Club in Central London went exactly as it should. All sticky floors and peeling black paint, the 12 Bar is about rock n roll, not themed modernisation. The new album, Nation of the Free from the Andy Smythe Band is now in HMV and all good record stores.
From the bluegrass influenced fiddle on 'Changing Seasons', the gently protesting rock of 'Ancient Ways', Neil Young inspired electric guitar thrashing of the title track 'Nation of the Free, to the huge orchestral string section of the smooth and radio - friendly 'Two Lovers's, and the inspired Beatlesque string arrangement of 'Louise' the eclectic collection of 14 songs ranges between clearly American influenced rock n roll, through to more traditionally English folk. From guitar driven alt. rock to the sweetest piano ballads.
The band, Les Elvin, Andy Smythe and Barry Targett, pictured together on the CD inner sleeve, have evolved into a tight, experienced, competent and inspired unit. Andy's songs, drawn from his long established history of live performance in the US. and UK. maintain the edge of modern protest and observation. Songs about England, and songs about America. Songs of hope, for the past, present and future, and songs of inspiration. This brand new record `Nation of the Free', one year in the making, is the result of three musicians, bound by common beliefs, some world class session players, and some of the best production to ever come out of the capital. Long may they run.