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In People

by RTB2

"It captures the excitement of their live show, which is when this duo is at their absolute best." --Josh Hogan, My Denton Music
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded live at Dan's Silver Leaf, Denton, TX
NX35 - March 13, 2009
Recorded by Scott Hawthorne
Live sound by Jimmy Smith
Mastered by Carl Saff
Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL

Photos by Greg Hardin
Layout by mrmagicproductions.com

All songs © Ryan Becker.

Album review:
Let's take a quick look back at NX35 for a moment. No, not that one. I am talking about the 2009 edition of the four day music fest here in Denton. It was at Dan's Silver Leaf about one year ago that RTB2 recorded their newly released live album In People. Okay, so it was actually released at the beginning of this month, but it would be a shame not to revisit one of the best performances by one of Denton's best bands here on My Denton Music.

Since that album was recorded at last year's North By, RTB2 has enjoyed a pretty substantial popularity boost. They have been on the cover of Quick Magazine and have been featured in a ton of other publications around the state. If you have ever seen them live then this should come as no surprise to you. Ryan Thomas Becker's stage presence and total command of his guitar is impressive to say the least. Combine that with the obvious chemistry between him and his drummer, long time friend Grady Don Sandlin, and you get one hell of a show.

I've lost count the amount of times I have seen this band in concert, but I still remember this show vividly. The energy and explosiveness these two brought to Dan's that night was one of the highlights of the entire weekend. Song after song of totally awe-inspiring rock/blues led me to proclaim at the end of the night that Ryan Thomas Becker is the best guitarist I have ever personally seen. I still stick by those words today. I cannot count on one hand the amount of times I said "wow" while watching Becker bounce around that stage, feeding off the energy of the packed house.

And that is what I love so much about this album. In People succeeds where every other RTB2 release has fallen just a little bit short. It captures the excitement of their live show, which is when this duo is at their absolute best. Not to say that their previous recorded work is bad -- in fact it's far from it. But capturing the same energy of a live show while recording in the studio is a trick most bands have trouble pulling off. However, In People was beautifully mastered and captures every bit of the feeling that existed in the room where it was recorded.

There is nothing but quality on this album. The brightest spot is without a doubt the finale, "When Hammer Hits Stone," a nine-minute odyssey through the mind of Ryan Thomas Becker. It is absolutely memorizing listening to the moans and groans he gets his Telecaster to produce. You really have to listen to it three or four times to appreciate every peak and valley in this song.

The third track on this album is my favorite. Less than two minutes long, and probably the catchiest song on the whole album is "Wire To The Walls." The opening drum sequence paves the way for the blitz that follows. It is absolutely one of the most iPod friendly tracks the band has ever produced. --Josh Hogan, My Denton Music

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/mar/22/album-review-rtb2s-people/

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