Bookends | An Acoustic Duo

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An Acoustic Duo

by Bookends

Stir together blues, folk, rock, and a dollop of country, mix in catchy melodies and clever lyrics, and sprinkle liberally with harmony; bake at 375 degrees or until the top is a deep golden brown.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Memphis or Bust
3:22 album only
2. Don't Complain
4:18 album only
3. I Don't Really Mind
2:39 album only
4. Don't Say I Can't Play Guitar
3:40 album only
5. Lately Blues
3:08 album only
6. Conspiracy
4:41 album only
7. Watercolor
3:49 album only
8. Second Time
2:59 album only
9. With Her That Day
3:06 album only
10. Limited Time
3:46 album only
11. Don't Question
3:53 album only
12. R & R Band
2:31 album only


Album Notes
It certainly is no accident this band is named after a Simon & Garfunkel tune. In 1996, Mike Reed (Christiansburg, VA) and Keith Mellinger (Lititz, PA) began their musical association in northern Delaware playing many cover tunes from S&G such as "The Boxer", "Mrs. Robinson", and "America". Bookends played strictly acoustic for their first gigs, but later, when the duo was joined by bassist Skip Neubeck (Wilmington, DE), they moved into the semi-electric world.

Besides playing cover tunes of music from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, Bookends became well known for their Irish music, playing every year on St. Patrick's Day at the Dublin Dock in Betterton, Maryland. They could be seen at various clubs in the northern Delaware area such as Jam'n & Java in Newark, Brandywine Brewery and Borders in Wilmington, and Snorkels in Milton. They were members of the Delaware Friends of Folk and were often the feature performers at the DFOF Coffeehouse at the Wesley College Underground in Dover.

The harmonies that can be heard throughout their album exemplify the influence that Simon & Garfunkel had on their singing. Every song on "An Acoustic Duo" has layers of two- or three-part harmony.

The overall sound of "An Acoustic Duo" cannot be labeled as any one style; rather it is an amalgamation of various musical types. Some of the songs utilize intricate finger picking, some have blues riffs or country twang, and some are difficult to categorize. "Bookends: An Acoustic Duo" is a semi-electric yet wholly eclectic collection of songs. Lyrics are included in a three-page foldout insert.



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