Melodies Cafe Presents
JD Eicher and the Goodnights
Nathan Angelo, Micah Dalton
2 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA, 19003
JD Eicher and the Goodnights
"A kind of gentle innocence pervades, as if not trying to grab you as it passes by, but hoping you'll be touched." - Pittsburgh City Paper
Two years after the release of their debut album and hundreds of performances later, JD Eicher & the Goodnights deliver their sophomore release, entitled Shifting, which reaches out and touches listeners with vivid portraits of love, struggle, and hope.
Thirteen songs chart their journey from feel good pop to keys-out-front alternative rock. A radio-ready, polished sound with literate songwriting and intimate, swoon-worthy vocals has the Herald-Standard ranking the album with Pittsburgh's elite, saying that Shifting is "the best album from a local band since 'Restless Days' (The Clarks). Seriously, it's that good."
Forging their diverse musical backgrounds, JD Eicher (vocals/guitar), Dan Prokop (keys), Jim Merhaut (bass), and Ryan Kirk (drums/percussion) combine seasoned songwriting, rich vocals, melodic arrangements, and emphatic delivery to establish their own brand of “subtle pop.” They’ve created an album that has "the light, poppy quality of British bands Keane or The Script -- which has done plenty of damage on the airwaves -- but with more detail in the songwriting," says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Produced by Paul Barber (My Favorite Highway, The Bigger Lights, The Friday Night Boys), Shifting is the manifestation of the band’s musical exploration and growth since the last record. “These guys can play,” notes Barber, “that's what made the sessions really rewarding.” Beyond the quartet’s growth as musicians, the theme of 'shifting' appears in the underlying emphasis on change in the songs, Eicher’s evolution as a songwriter, and the band’s ability to shift seamlessly between various styles, giving the album a "mainstream likability that is both charming and contagious," praises the Herald-Standard.
"With the release of Shifting, JD Eicher & the Goodnights take their place among the elite of Northeast Ohio-Western Pennsylvania bands,” exclaims The Vindicator. Not to be outdone, some think that the band is destined for a larger audience: "America will fall in love with JD Eicher,” proclaims Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host & Producer at 91.3FM WYEP
What happens when you take soulful keys and pair them with perceptive storytelling, rock-infused melodies, and heartbreaking hooks?
You get Nathan Angelo.
And, more recently, you get his latest release, Follow Your Heart.
An Atlanta transplant and minister's son, Nathan discovered music at an early age where he spent much of his youth as his church's Director of Music, developing his vocals and finding a home on the keys. With no plans of pursuing music professionally, Nathan stumbled into songwriting more as catharsis than ambition. What started as a hobby after college quickly turned into a passion, one which he soon felt necessary to share with an audience. His first two projects Through Playing Me (2006) and These 'Ol Keys (2009) reveal a soulful disposition and a natural affinity for provocative songwriting.
Coupled with an incessant touring schedule and attention paid to the ever-changing landscape of social media, Nathan has managed to sell over 15,000 albums independently. He's also toured with national acts such as the Fray, Zac Brown Band, Marc Broussard and Matt Wertz. In 2009, Nathan caught the attention of a major publishing company, Warner/Chappell. Compelled by his ability to mix modern-pop with classic songwriting, Warner/Chappell signed Nathan to a publishing deal, a rare occasion for an independent artist, and has since been called upon to write for the likes of Kelly Clarkson & Justin Bieber.
A commercial spin on soul-infused pop, Nathan's latest project Follow Your Heart (2011) emerges as his strongest work to date. Laced with both whimsy and candor, songs like "Love Is On the Line," "Make Up Your Mind," "Forgetting You" and "Hurt Me" treat the intricacies and frustrations of youth and relationships with due weight yet have a playfulness that lightens the situation. In reference to Follow Your Heart, Nathan calls it "a very personal project yet one that I believe to be universal in its ability to relate to what we all go through."
As much an album title as it is an anthem, Follow Your Heart displays Nathan's ear for melody and keen understanding of story and reveals that he has much in store for fans both new and old.
He may sound like an earthier, cleverer Ben Harper, but musically Dalton suggests mid-'80s Prince in the way he defiantly straddles so many styles, requiring an enormous musical arsenal to get his point across. These juxtapositions of sounds and style rarely feel forced or even deliberate, courtesy of Dalton's soulful vocals and incisive songwriting."- PASTE MAGAZINE
"When you combine an earthy, easygoing songwriting style, the influence of Donny Hathaway and Paul Simon and a penchant for warm, understated instrumentation, there's a good chance you'll get ear-pleasing results. Micah Dalton has, and he calls it 'alt. soul.'"-THE NASHVILLE SCENE
"Micah Dalton is a bright light of hope in a dark tunnel that lets me know that the real soul of music is in the roots of the songwriter.-BURNSIDE WRITER'S COLLECTIVE
"Though I have never met him personally, it is quite easy to tell that Micah Dalton is a risk-taker. Apart from the fact that his musical style is an appealingly intrepid mixture of folk, blues, soul, and R&B, Dalton has provided an extremely unique experience for the release of his third album, Pawn Shop."-OBSCURE SOUND
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