Roots American band Tornado Rose released their debut EP ‘Dust in my Shadow’ in 2013 and followed that up with the release of ‘Fireball Run’ as a single in 2014. They are the only full band to ever win the Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase. They are the only full band to ever win the Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase. The band comprises Brooke Bell (vocals, guitar and autoharp), Clint Dayhuff (guitar), Jim Triggs (fiddle), Hank (piano and backup vocals), Brian ‘Bean’ Langham (drums and backup vocals), Josh Bell (bass) and Dustin Gill (mandolin).
If you’re checking out the reviews for Tornado Rose you either already know what a great outfit these folks are or maybe you’re poking around based on word-of-mouth. Regardless, they ably follow-up their amazing debut album and single with yet another with another upbeat Americana gem called “Good n’ Plenty”.
These guys and a girl take a very creative approach to Bluegrass/Folk and Indie Rock music. Imagine American traditional genres rethought, infused with true passion and soul, and performed by a group of consummate musicians with an authentic artistic sensibility.
The really interesting and enjoyable thing about Tornado Rose is the amazing amount of music you get from the acoustic and organic instruments. I have found listening to their music via ear plugs is the best way to appreciate the intricacy and “largeness” of their talent.
It would be an injustice to tout any one band member’s talent over another, as they each contribute uniquely to a soulful sound.
I try to isolate my attention to each band member and I find I am increasingly amazed at how talented each is. From an arrangement standpoint, they seem to work to highlight each other throughout the song so that one person does not shine above the rest.
“Good n’ Plenty” is super feel good deal. The fiddle and mandolin is guaranteed to get even the most upright sophisticated types knee-slapping. As fine as the musicianship is, this is a song band, and their tracks display clear and vivid lyrical portraits beautifully sung by Brooke Bell, as is the case with this track – Which is what ultimately pulls Tornado Rose away from, and above the pack!