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Artist: Dane Drewis
Album: Rock & Soul
Label: Independent Artist

Website: www.danedrewis.com

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Funk

Sounds Like: Santana, Player, Toto

Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Get Level, Tattoo, Speed Bumps

Weakness: Marketability, Commercial Value

CD REVIEW:

 

Singer, songwriting, guitarist Dane Drewis from Sacramento, California releases his debut CD “Rock & Soul” in the spring 2010. This is his debut release.

 

Logging in at just over 43 minutes, the CD kicks things off with “Friday Night” a smooth moving intro piece that serves up funky beat, up-beat vocal melody from Drewis accompanied by inviting jazz guitar, & pop like instrumentation. Track 2 “Together” shifts gears a bit with more driving rock rhythm, funky guitars, & several hooky time changes. Track 3 “Full of It” could almost pass as a Jason Mraz type song while track 5 “Broken Strings” crosses the line into camp fire Reggae territory. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice a lot of musical variety from Drewis & Co. First his band is pretty much right on queue. His drummer pushes the natural accents well, & his brother Dale delivers solid Bass lines deep within the pocket, & last but not least Dane delivers some rock solid guitar playing. The CD offers a rich melodic vocal foundation, & lush layers of instrumentation. I would classify this music as Poppy, Funk Rock with a classic psychedelic 70’s aftertaste to it... Besides the standard 3 piece rock delivery you will also notice brief splashes of percussion, piano, & saxophone layered within the music. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments showcasing musical influences like Santana, but also providing soothing 70’s vocal melodies reminiscent of classic Hall & Oates, Player, Pablo Cruise, Chilliwack, Orleans, & do I dare say KC & the Sunshine Band. But getting back to Dane – he can hold his own pretty well vocally as well. He clearly takes some vocal risks on the production indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. His vocal abilities work well across the board regardless of what genera he’s in. He seems to cross many musical boundaries successfully. Whether it be R&B, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae Dane seems comfortable within each one. From carefree melodies like "Friday Night" to slower more passionate pieces like “Broken Strings” to songs that let it all hang out like “Get Level”, “The Lick” & “Tattoo” this CD pretty much has it all. I can honestly say "rock & Soul" doesn’t have a weak moment on it. For me the true brilliance of Dane Drewis shines though on his more romantic love songs like “Speed Bumps, & “Friday Night” trust me when I say the ladies will love him for these songs.

 

Overall the Musical Production sounds very 1977-ish, & comes across as being a bit dated. In fact if Dane Drewis would have released this music say in the mid to late 70's he would no doubt have a few gold records on the wall. Unfortunately it's 2010. & ultimately the aforementioned affects "Rock & Soul's" overall marketability & commercial value. Broken Strings is a great song but it’s clearly too short logging in a 2 minutes & change.  

 

After spending 43 minutes alone with Dane Drewis & Co. it’s hard to find any notable weaknesses. Instead as the CD progressed I became more and more impressed. “Rock & Soul” is a blast to listen to. It’s obvious many will find Dane Drewis infectious, & make no bones about it he’s got X-Factor for the females. There’s not a weak song on this entire catalogue! The musicianship is first rate, the songs are short and sweet musical experiences, and Dane Drewis is a musical Triple threat, as he brings to the table his guitar playing virtuoso, his impressive songwriting, & his amazing vocal sex appeal. Lastly - the playing, writing, and singing abilities of Dane Drewis & his band are amazing. I guess could go on and on all night about Dane Drewis you simply have got to get your hands on “Rock & Soul” to see what I am talking about. It's a slam-dunk.

 

Cyrus Rhodes

 

Ink 19

At first listen I thought this was a crossover Latin Rock disc, particularly with the band originating in the central valley of California. Hispanic influence lurks under these mature yet macho rock songs, and if nothing else it shows multiculturalism can work. "Pasatiempo" open the record with an arrangement recalling Carlos Santana -- stellar guitar solos and brass over a galloping drum and rhythm section. The clever arrangements and lyrics that alternate between sexy and lonely are a perfect set up for the centerpiece of the album, "Where the Palm Trees Grow." The singer (Dane Drewis) gives us a ballad of a trip to Mexico, with a sexy hitchhiker that ends up as an idyllic love story. This is a clear contender for an Easy Rock Station hot rotation, and does best what a good pop song should -- take an emotion, and amplify it. Cuesta Drive is a real gem; get over to you local hipster record shop and demand they order it for you.

Sacramento Bee

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1A

Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 - 11:36 am

So it comes to this: Twenty seconds on a makeshift stage in an empty storefront south of Nordstrom in the Arden Fair mall. Twenty seconds to impress Sacramento "American Idol" judges who've been around and heard it all. Twenty seconds to nail a bluesy rendition of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel."

It's 10 a.m. Tuesday, way too early for Dane Drewis, a 27-year-old musician who works days at his parents' Sacramento restaurant, to belt out Jacko at an audition for the popular TV show. But he's here and he's ready.

He runs through scales in the parking lot, takes his place in line and waits with up to 500 other hopefuls with similar dreams, including 23-year-old Sacramento hairstylist Arielle White, a football field behind Drewis in line.

Ten years of honing guitar chops until his blisters formed blisters, of playing gigs at restaurants, casinos and country clubs where some consider him mere background noise, of humping equipment out of a hulking white Ford F-250 van and setting up for late-night club gigs, of recording three self-produced albums of original material, of sending out press kits to record labels and booking agents: All that has led Drewis here.

An "Idol" slot could provide the kick-start he needs to become a self-supporting recording artist. Nearing 28, Drewis feels a gnawing urgency to move beyond being just a reliably rockin' local artist who plays Harlow's and other joints.

"It's now or never," he says. "I'm not going to do this when I have a mortgage and kids. I have friends in bands in town who shoot me a look, like, 'Idol? Are you kidding me?' But, hey, if it can help my music career, why not try?"

Granted, "Idol" may not be the best fit for Drewis. His songs, dealing with love and longing, are punctuated with subtle grooves more visceral than lyrical. His low tenor vocal phrasing is alternately raucously raffish and achingly tender. His lengthy guitar solos emulate Stevie Ray Vaughn.

None of that matters to the judges at Arden Fair, where contestants belt out only snippets of songs. The largest diaphragm reigns; nuance gets lost in the noise.

Which is why Drewis steps to the microphone and opens his mouth to croon Michael Jackson's soulful "The Way You Make Me Feel." It's pop and it's catchy, and it's also what he grew up singing at home in Folsom.

Music a family passion

Drewis walks through the door of Strings Pizzeria, off Highway 50, and is promptly put to work. He's wearing a faded brown checked shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops, but that matters little here.

The Drewis family cultivates a casual feel at the eatery, and they are slammed. Little sister Janel, 19, darts table to table, taking orders, filling water glasses. Dale, the patriarch with a shiny dome punctuated by a soul patch under his lower lip, buses tables and chats up the regulars. Janet, his wife, orbits the room, as Deena, the 24-year-old middle child, takes a break to eat with her boyfriend.

So Dane is enlisted.

"I dropped off bread at 22 and 26," he says to another server, referring to table numbers. "Anything else?"

Well, yes. This is the night he hosts – and performs at – a weekly Strings open mike. With an accounting and finance degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dane works days doing the books at Strings and occasionally flipping pies. The job gives him flexibility to take off for a week for out-of-town gigs with his dad on bass and friend Jason Weed on drums. But he's solo acoustic tonight, planning to test drive "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Food may be the family business, but music is their passion. Janet's father was a classical composer and conductor in Korea in the 1940s. Janet met Dale in the 1970s when he was putting together a top 40 band that played at Bay Area clubs for more than a decade.

"I remember taking Dane to the clubs on Tuesdays to set up," Dale recalls. "I'd sit him down on a stool and the bartender would feed him maraschino cherries."

But the notoriously fickle music business made it hard for the couple to support a growing family. So they moved to Folsom and bought a restaurant in Sacramento. Music, though, remained central to their lives. Everything from Stevie Wonder to Stan Getz filled the house during the dinner hour.

Those influences, and more, can be heard in Dane's songs. He only learned to play at 18, annoying his college roommates by teaching himself Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and the Santana songbook, hour upon hour, after gaining an affinity for rock.

But he never forgot his R&B roots. His mother remembers Dane, as a child, unabashedly running around the house breaking into song – and Michael Jackson's moonwalk.

And on this night, he nails "The Way You Make Me Feel," a test of his upper vocal range. The crowd whoops and hollers. Many are friends, but the response is no less genuine.

A glitch, then applause

A few nights later, the cocktail crowd on the patio at Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills only takes notice 40 minutes into Drewis' first set, when he growls the Beatles' "Come Together" as if channeling Lennon himself. A smattering of applause greets Drewis' original songs, but the Beatles' tune gets their full attention.

Then the lights go out.

A patio circuit breaker has blown, engulfing the makeshift stage in darkness and silencing Drewis' electric guitar, his dad's bass and Weed's electric drum kit. Drewis soldiers on, a cappella. The crowd joins in. They finish to wildly enthusiastic applause.

During the break, while the technical glitch is addressed, he sips a beer on the patio.

"Never know what's gonna happen at a restaurant gig," he says, shrugging. "A lot of bands avoid them, but we take everything. We need the money and exposure."

Drewis is nothing if not realistic about the odds of making it. His father talks about scores of talented musicians who wallowed in obscurity. That's not meant to tamp down his son's dream, only steel him for the tough road ahead.

"I equate this to making it in the big leagues (baseball)," his father says. "It's not easy."

Neither is standing up before judges on a Tuesday at the mall and belting out Michael Jackson on command. But you swallow hard and do it.

Judge gives thumbs up

Ten seconds in on Tuesday, just as he's nearing the chorus of "The Way You Make Me Feel," a judge waves his hand. "Do you have anything else?" asks Mike Mechanick, a local musician and Fox 40's movie critic.

Drewis launches into "Come Together." A verse later, the same judge gives him a thumbs up. Drewis advances with 44 others to the semifinals, where he has opted to sing "Come Together" to a new set of judges. Semifinalists will get at least a minute to sell themselves. And when it's his turn, Drewis grabs the mike, pounds it three times with his palm to get the beat and sings: "Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly ... ."

He's waved off after completing two verses and the chorus. Head judge Larisa Bryski, education director at Skip's Music, coos "cool," but then scolds him for slapping the mike and keeping his eyes closed. "And you didn't quite get the high note," she says.

Now comes the wait, two hours of lingering while others sing. Drewis and girlfriend Katie Butler confer on what he should sing if he makes the top five. They decide on Michael Jackson, once more.

In the end, though, Drewis is not picked. His expression is implacable, and he says, "It was good practice." He sticks around for the finals and gives props to White, the winner, for her cover of Mariah Carey's "I Still Believe."

And Drewis, too, still believes. Tuesday afternoon, he and sister Janel headed straight to San Francisco, where they'll camp out and hope the "Idol" judges take notice of him as a walk-on.



Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/08/18/2965988/singers-chase-the-idol-dream.html#ixzz14MlaIHzc

 

News and Review

When bands split and members go solo, an uneasy feeling usually settles upon the fans. Well, breathe easy, lovers of Cuesta Drive; frontman Dane Drewis’ first solo CD hits the speakers with a rocking sonic boom and acts as a transitional piece of work. Six of the 13 tracks are from Cuesta Drive’s Distractions, and the rest are new songs in which Jason Weed joins on drums and percussion and Drewis’ father, Dale, adds bass and vocals. Some of the best songs off Distractions appear—notably “The Lick” and “Temptation”—but Drewis’ solo work overshadows his former band. “Full of It” exemplifies the funky rock that dominates Northern California, a sound that would envelop a dark coffee shop or thrive on a sunny beach, but the standout track is “Friday Night.” It’s poised to become an anthem for people who work hard and play harder—the perfect love letter to those of the working class who never skip the bar after a long week. More important, it’s evidence that the presence of Cuesta Drive hasn’t disappeared. The song has the power and hook to send half-smoked cigarettes hurling to the ground while their owners leave behind the hot summer night and dash into the bar to join the party.

Sacramento Press

On Friday, April 30th, Dane Drewis delivered a solid performance at Harlow's.  The show was a CD release celebration for "Rock & Soul," appropriately named to reflect Drewis' colorful style that includes everything from Motown to Jazz, Reggae to Rock.  Indeed, music is in his blood.  Mere seconds into his opening set, the audience began to light up, move in closer, and smile.  If you haven't heard of him, and if you haven't heard his music, a simple exploration of his website will provide you with all the information you need.

To say the depth of Dane's musical conversation with audiences is rich and diverse is an understatement.  Flanked by his father, Dale, on bass, and supported on stage by vocals from his mother, Janet, and sisters Janel and Deena, Dane's story reads like a post-modern Partridge Family.  Perhaps one day he'll have kids of his own, and there's little doubt they'll be born virtuosos.  In fact, the Drewis mastery of music is in at least its third generation.  Dane's grandfather was an accomplished classical composer.

As Dane heads out on the road for a series of regional performances, representatives of show promoter SBL Entertainment said that Dane's next show is up in Portland, Oregon.  Unfortunately, no future show date for the Sacramento area has been announced.  Images from the show tell the story best.  Dane's next Sacramento show will certainly be a must-attend event.

Indie Shark

http://indieshark.com/Dane%20Drewis%20-%20Rock%20&%20Soul%20CD%20Review.html

 

11-2-10

 

The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from singer/songwriter Dane Drewis entitled Rock & Soul. Turns out Drewis comes to us from Sacramento, California.

 

The band Standard 4 piece line-up which includes the whole Drewis clan - Dane on guitar & vocals, Dale on Bass, Deena on Keyboards, & Jason Weed on Drums & a few other session players. I would say the band possesses above average playing styles for the funk, rock psychedelic groove format. You will find many impressive guitar licks along the way. Timing is spot on within the genera. Drewis can hold his own on the guitar & vocals, but more importantly Drewis hits home with his sex appeal, vocal presence & overall songwriting mojo. Make no bones about it – the ladies will love everything about Rock & Soul. Vocals from Drewis are executed perfectly, & in many ways the strongpoint of the production. Amazing pitch control, touch, & emotional moments. The music possesses funkadelic flair straight from the seventies. All in all great music to hang the disco ball to. Will remind you of classic KC & The Sunshine Band, & Hall & Oates, & guitar licks in the vein of Carlos Santana, The songs Simply put – catchy songs that make a lasting impression. Like the artist - extremely likeable. There’s nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around – & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up. The vibe overall very upbeat, positive, carefree with a high amount of masculine mojo for all the ladies in the house. The production A bit dated sounding, very 1977ish, but professional grade nonetheless the good Honorable mentions go out to the rock solid grooves of Dane Drewis & his band. When I got done listening to this CD I wanted to listen to it all over again. I was entertained the entire time. Folks out there who enjoy disco, funkadelic rock will fall head over heels with Rock & Soul. The bad not the most marketable record I’ve ever heard due to its dated feel. It doesn’t mean it’s not impressive in its own right. The ugly Rock & Soul was released 20 years too late.  

 

The verdict Rock & Soul by Dane Drewis delivers major mojo. Drewis is the total package.  The looks, the sex appeal, the voice, the guitar playing, the writing & the band. Not to mention he knows how to write a hooky song & deliver it with his appealing Baritone. If there's a retro 1970's tour going on with popular artists from that era Dane should consider climbing onboard. The Bottom Line WARNING – ladies might want to pull off to the side of the road for this one.   

 

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic

 

Rock n Roll View

Californian guitarist and vocalist Dane Drewis has released his 2010 debut album “Rock and Soul” featuring Dale Drewis on bass and vocals and Jason Weed on drums.

Dane Launches his album with a funky souly groove entitled “Friday Night”. Straight away we know we’re in for a real treat as Dane’s smooth and emotive vocals set the tone for the rest of the album. He is clearly an accomplished performer and vocalist and with this opening track he makes a real ‘feel good’ statement setting out his stall so we know what is to come. Track 2, “Together” carries on the funky groove with another catchy ditty with more than a nod towards Frusciante of Chili Peppers fame. He has one or two choppy funky licks in his arsenal giving a little of that seventies guitar flavour. The vocals are exquisite and predominantly backed with a lower octave giving the melodies some body without over complicating the mix. By the third track “Full Of It” we have an established style and are back into feel-good mode with a catchy up-tempo tune that builds up into the chorus. The song is structured expertly into verse bridge chorus format and Drewis adds a little tongue-in-cheek fun-poking by having the real (and ironic) song title encoded onto the actual CD! His musical diversity is amply demonstrated with the fourth track “Sweet Music” when he ventures into reggae territory, even though it’s all a little bit on the safe side, with this lilting ballad type song. A very bizarrely effected guitar solo sneaks in at the end, and this was very confusing. On the one hand, I’m glad that Dane is not afraid to experiment with sound, but for me, it really didn’t fit with the song at all and at first sounded like it was an accidental error. Drewis redeems himself with a latin-esque tune for track five. “Broken Strings” is a very minimalist and tastefully arranged track with a clear Santana influence although it seems that Drewis and co have deliberately steered clear of loading the track with signature sounding guitar riffs. No doubt a wise move as the Santana sound is such a distinctive trademarked sound – it doesn’t take much to make a connection and jump to conclusions about copycatting. The next track “Get Level” is very much inspired by the Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar” era with some seventies style percussion grooves and spacious clean guitar and bass unison work together with Dane’s smooth bluesy vocal bouncing along the groove. The clean chops are nice and tight and accentuate the funk groove brilliantly. I particularly liked the groove on “Speed Bumps” and Dane’s vocal and harmonies are the icing on the cake. Here is another feel good groove with a chilled out vibe. The solo is totally appropriate with some lovely octave touches nice and subtly worked into the mix.

The overall mix of this EP is quite pleasing on the ear and this is largely due to the space left in the arrangements, however I think it was a mistake to master the disk with so much compression. It’s easy to squeeze the life out of a mix in order to keep up with the “loudness wars” but the trade off is when someone likes the material and wants to hear the entire album it can cause fatigue. There are also some mix inconsistencies between some of the tracks (for example “Rollin” which sonically stands out as being too different) However I will add that because the songs themselves are crafted well, this issue is largely irrelevant. As a listener I remained entertained the entire time.

Overall this is a very impressive debut release by Dane Drewis and his band. This is my kind of outfit and should Drewis and co decide to tour The United Kingdom I would definitely be making a beeline to see them live. This is excellent material and I’m certain that if the guys keep on writing and recording and playing live then only good things can come from it all.

You can listen to more music from Rock and Soul over at Dane’s Web site.

This review was written by Neil Thomas for the Rock n Roll View.

Sacramento Press

It’s the time of year when family and friends get together for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast, and this Thanksgiving eve Harlow’s, in downtown Sacramento, was no exception.

On a night when most people are busy preparing for their Thanksgiving Day festivities, singer, songwriter and local boy Dane Drewis, his father Dale Drewis (vocals and bass), Jason Weed (drums), and Mike Camilleri filled the house. Also performing was Drew’s sister, Janel Drewis, and Thaw Jack Frost.

The show started with a fantastic performance by Janel who, according to her father Dale, has all the talent in the family. She sang several covers and the crowd went wild after she belted out Lady Gaga’s, Alejandro. As Dane witnessed first-hand, sharing the stage with family can have its drawbacks when at the end of her set Janel told the crowd that he had performed as Elvis in a school play, fully decked out in a cape and accessories. All was not lost, however, when she was kind enough to add that he now has a 3rd degree black belt.

Janel was followed by Thaw Jack Frost, with Chris Twomey (guitar and bass), Dan Rau (guitars and bass), Nathan Bisig (guitars), and Lucas Thompson (drums). These guys really got the crowd going. By the end of their set half the people were on the dance floor having a good time.

Dane (aka Elvis) kicked off his set with a song from his album Rock & Soul. Dane also treated the crowd with a new song they have been working on and, based on the audience’s reaction, it’s going to be a hit.

Some say Dane sounds like Jason Mraz, others argue he sounds like John Mayer. While Dane considers both a great compliment, with his unique and eclectic sound coupled with strong vocals and harmony he deserves to stand on his own. With his unique style and sultry sound, he can’t be pigeon-holed into any particular category. Dane finds it all flattering, and believes his eclectic sound keeps them from being boring.

Dane was born into a long line of musicians. His grandfather was a classical composer in the 1930’s and his grandmother was an accomplished violinist/pianist. Both of his parents were full-time musicians during his formative years.

Dane started his music career as the front man for Cuesta Drive. While singing, composing, and playing guitar for the band, Dane wrote and produced three records with Cuesta Drive. Earlier this year, he released his first solo EP entitled Rock & Soul. As the title suggests, the album is an interesting mix of styles and like last night’s show it’s a family affair. His two sisters, Janel and Deena, provide vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion. Dane’s parents, Dale and Janet, also provide vocals along with flute accompaniment and percussion.

I had the opportunity to ask Dane a few questions before the show.

Sacramento Press: What does it mean to you to be able to perform on-stage with your family on Thanksgiving Eve?

Dane Drewis: Playing with the family on Thanksgiving Eve is a great honor. We are able to play together quite often, but being able to take it to the next level on a larger stage feels great and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing!

SP: Earlier this year, you made an unsuccessful run at American Idol. Any comments or lessons learned that you would like to share?

DD: If there's one thing I learned from American Idol . . . it's to not give up. There were so many kids who were there and who were hungry. I realized that to really succeed in music you need to never give up. It’s one of the most competitive fields out there, and nobody has made it to the top on sheer luck. Another interesting thing I realized about American Idol is that they are not really looking for the most talented person. It’s more than that. Imagine if Jason Mraz, John Mayer, or John Legend tried out. They might make it kinda far, but chances are they wouldn't get past the initial rounds. So to anyone who tried out and didn't get anywhere (like me!), keep your head up! There are tons of different avenues for a musician/artist to break through!

SP: I noticed on your Facebook page that you’ve booked a 2011 tour. Care to share?

DD: As of right now we have a college campus tour in April 2011 in Colorado and are hoping to get more along the way, in Utah, Arizona, and Southern California. Very excited to start touring colleges! Everything is still in the works, but we will definitely be hitting the road fulltime in 2011. Hoping to play over 150 shows!

Skope Magazine

Rock and Soul is the first solo CD from Sacramento, CA-area singer/guitarist Dane Drewis.  Fans of Drewis will recognize him from the band Cuesta Drive and in fact, a number of the tracks on this release also appeared on Cuesta Drive’s Distractions album.  The new tracks feature Jason Weed on drums and Dane’s father, Dale, helps out on bass guitar and vocals.  Drewis was the frontman for Cuesta Drive and wrote and produced 3 albums with the band before stepping out on his own.  There’s plenty of information to be found on Drewis and his background on his website at www.danedrewis.com

The album opens up with the track “Friday Night”, a slightly funky, mid-tempo song with hints of blues and Motown.  Drewis has a smooth and clear voice that works well against a backdrop of jangly guitars and backing vocals.  “Together”, the next track is more straight-ahead and features Dane’s guitar skills in a variety of tones and blues-heavy stylings.  The reggae-tinged track “Sweet Music” is a laid-back tune that shows Drewis’ diversity and stylistic range.  “Broken Strings” evokes a Santana-esque vibe with a simple groove featuring several percussion instruments.  “Get Level” returns to Drewis’ strongest suit in the funk-rock/blues mold.  “Tattoo” is another standout track that shows more versatility in Drewis’ vocals as he growls his way through a more impassioned delivery that really fits with the track alongside some nice guitar work.  At times I could almost hear a Motown horn section getting ready to come in!  Drewis is a good songwriter and arranger.  He makes good use of a relatively straight-forward approach by changing up guitar tones and filling in complementary parts to keep things interesting on top of the drum and bass groove.  His vocal harmonies are well-done and the playing and recording of the album are all well-executed.

The production on Rock and Soul is somewhat dated but that works for it to an extent since it fits the old-school rhythm and blues vibe of the songs.  There are some moments when some parts sound a bit like they’re coming from a demo and the grooves, while well-balanced, don’t quite have the energy and kick that the songs would really benefit from.  Maroon 5 is a band that delivers some funk-style material in a modern fashion and while this is a different type of album, I could see a more intensive rhythm section like that fitting in well here with a bit more production to bring things more up-to-date.  Drewis is a good singer but it would have been nice to hear him stretch a bit more and infuse some of the songs with some more intensity.  The mastering and overall production keeps the songs in balance and it’s hard to tell the songs from the Cuesta Drive album from Drewis’ new ones, definitely a job well-done there.

If you’re a fan of older bluesy, funky rock then you’ll find a lot to enjoy in Rock and Soul.  It’s not a commercial type of album but Drewis has done some great work here and the results are fun to listen to.  His vocal style is very identifiable and he delivers solidly on guitar as well.  If you get a chance to see him perform live, I’m sure the energy in these tracks would translate even more.  Nicely done.

By: JD Stefan

The Mag UK

Dane Drewis Band get straight down to business with the show stopping 'Friday Night'. This track oozes appeal with the sultry essence of funk, soul and rock. Each note flows freely from the speakers with the help of Dane's charming and seductive vocals. This is a great track.

Next up is 'Sweet Music' which begins with an electric Jack Johnson feel. This track has a more kicked back relaxed vibe with nice use of harmonica. This is a surfer's paradise and captures the essence of an early summer's night.

Picking up the pace is 'Tattoo', hinting more at Dane's rock persona. This is a catchy track with crunchy guitar's and gritty vocals.

Just like the record cover suggests this record is a good mixture of Rock and Soul.

Official Rating

4.5 out of 5