Real music, new sounds

Rock, catchy tunes, and love songs by new artists make an appearance on the music scene. (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Assistant Photo Editor) Rock, catchy tunes, and love songs by new artists make an appearance on the music scene. (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Assistant Photo Editor)

The Benjy Davis Project is a Louisiana-based rock band made up of five members, including none other than Benjy Davis, who does the lead vocals and acoustic and electric guitar; Mic Capdevielle on the drums, percussion, and vocals; Jonathan Lawhun on the electric lead guitar and banjo; Matt Rusnak on the bass guitar; and Michael Galasso taking on a few roles playing the piano, B3 organ, Wurlitzer, harmonica, and vocals. Davis formed the Benjy Davis Project in 2001 as a folk rock duo and transformed it into one of the most popular bands in Baton Rouge. The band recently released their latest album, Dust, which took them to a new high in their career. On the band’s music page, Davis says that “these sessions were more raw, more real.”

The album takes you from emotional points with “Still Sweet” and “Good Enough” to romantic points with songs like “I Love You.” The music is great to listen to during different times of the day and different states of the mind. The band takes its fans on a journey into their minds as they write from the soul, and with this album, the band feels that “they’ve fully arrived.” Dust is a great album to listen to when you want to listen to musical abilities take over and actually hear the music from the artist.

On a different note, the album Not as Far by Three Legged Fox is more of a pick-me-up album. Band members Kyle Wareham, Eric Weisenstein, Mike Brody, and Kory Kochersperger really deliver in this one. It’s the kind of music you play on the boom box when you are getting a tan on the beach as a Frisbee whizzes over your head and a barbecue grill is about 10 feet away from you with the smell of grilling burgers and dogs whiffing past your nose. This CD is a mix of flavors as it pulls together reggae beats and rock music to create the perfect laid-back blend. “Away,” the second song on the album, really takes you away with its rhythmic and catchy tunes. This album is a great combination of so many ideas and thoughts that have been put together to be delivered to fans in a relaxed vibe. Lie back, close your eyes, and listen to the album. You may just want to play it again.

The album also features guest appearances by Slightly Stoopid, members of G. Love & Special Sauce, and more. The band’s reputation speaks for their album as they were voted #1 Best Rock Band in the 2008 Out & About Magazine Music Awards. The group was actually formed after winning the University of Delaware’s 2006 Battle of the Bands. Three Legged Fox has received great reviews.

Priscilla Renea: In one word, “Yes!” She began her music career by posting her music on YouTube and surprised herself when her fan base turned into thousands. Just hearing a taste of her music puts you in a lighter mood. “Hello My Apple” is a great song for those who love to hear when their “apple” just calls to say hello. It’s not a mushy song that makes you want to change the station but, rather, it’s just enough to get the point across. “I Fell In Love” picks up the pace as she shares with listeners her experience with romance. She fell in love and it is easy to see why fans fell in love with her music. Look forward to hearing more from this up and coming artist.

Her music stems from the many experiences she has been through as the child of a naval officer. It led to her writing poetry, prose, and song which she did because there “wasn’t anything on the radio that I wanted to hear.” Her music has already been featured in ad campaigns and she has been featured in Giant magazine for her fashion sense. Renea is coming through various media and we can expect to see her debut album on Oct. 20. Her music is available on YouTube.