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The Crossing

by Brian Lindsay

World class Rock songwriting fueled by soulful vocals, cranked telecasters and passionate performances.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. The Crossing
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2. It's All About You
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3. East Side of the River
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4. Forever Yours (Marianne)
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5. Lonesome Train
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6. Brave New World (Wide Open)
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7. Unconditional
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8. Begin Again
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9. The Night is Long
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10. Last of the True Believers
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11. Talk About Love
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12. American Justice
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Album Notes
Let's face it, blending Rock and Roll, Soul, and Americana is nothing new. Many artists have done it in fresh, exciting ways, and we may even right now be in the middle of one of the greatest creative surges those musical forms have ever seen. But singer/songwriter Brian Lindsay's debut album, The Crossing, should assure him his rightful place at the table -- crammed as it is already with the innovators and visionaries who precede him.

It may seem hard to believe that an artist can convey sincerity before he's even uttered a word, but Lindsay accomplishes just that (with the help of producer/arranger Mark Gifford) in the Crossing's first few seconds, when a harmonica calls out against soaring acoustic guitars in a vibrant, life-like musical backdrop that would have sounded flat, empty and canned had there been an ounce of calculated cynicism in putting it together.

When Lindsay's voice does come in, he sounds reassuring, warm and profoundly human. Not unlike Neil Young, Lindsay values feeling over perfection, an approach that works wonders. His phrasing is immediately, strikingly distinctive. And, because of his skillful balance of assuredness and vulnerability, emotion prevails in each performance. Earnest lyrics combine with the material to create a mood that remains down-to-earth and accessible until the album concludes.

Nowadays, it seems the music world is littered with half-baked country songs set to macho posturing and flaccid electric guitars trying to sound tough. That stuff may make good, disposable fodder for truck commercials -- and make for a great laugh -- but you'll recognize the real deal when you hear it all over The Crossing. Lindsay's back-up cast plays with striding confidence, but they never overplay their hand. This is certainly hard-knuckled rock and roll, but the players -- including Lindsay on acoustic guitar -- forego swagger for heart, a choice which gives the music real power instead of just force.

A far cry from the sanitized radio-friendly attempts at rock coming out of Nashville these days, Lindsay's work is nonetheless resplendent with savvy arrangements that make The Crossing a rich, textured listen. There's touches of R&B (the back-up vocals of "It's All About You") subdued, Elvis Costello-styled blues rock (the sweet saxophone on "Forever Yours"), doo-wop (the haunting atmosphere of "The Night is Long"), bar-room blues (the slide guitar on "Unconditional"), and other flavors as well.

Lyrically, Lindsay is a classic example of the artist who is able to dig into his own sensitivity and find strength. And he possesses that rare knack for avoiding narcissism and self-pity. He finds his muse in the world around him, so his music resonates with conscience. With a flair that's often gentle and fleeting but deftly poetic, Lindsay acknowledges tragedy in this country's past, (the once proud Native American country from "The Crossing"), captures the pain of being disapproved of by a lover's old man on account of his background (Now your daddy don't know me/said someday I'll walk away from "East Side of the River"), and soberly questions violence both nationally and abroad (Now we build weapons/to arm rebels overseas/I'm not sure I want any part of that from "American Justice").

Mostly, Lindsay takes an admirably straightforward approach to lyrics. But occasionally he makes great use of ambiguity (whispers in the night/knocking at the door/strangers in the night/voices I ain't never heard before, a final verse that casts a dark uncertainty on the otherwise devoted tone of "Unconditional"), and even wry irony (I never wanted to be no rock star/there goes the last of the true believers, from "The Last of the True Believers").

Lindsay embodies the new American values of conscientiousness and social introspection. Americana-rock music is a better place now that he's around. Once you hear him, you'll want to ask, "where you been all this time?"

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cman

Brian Lindsay's songwriting is second to none....
Brian Lindsay has been taking the New York music scene by storm over the past few years. His songwriting is second to none and he has a few songs that have been recorded by other artists that are receiving national air play. But what really drives Brian Lindsay is performing his own music, that’s why he has finally decided to record his own CD, “The Crossing”.
“The Crossing” is a unique blend of musical genres that produce his unique “Americana” sound. It’s like mixing Bruce Springsteen with the Northern Pikes and adds some jazz and blues influence in it as well. It gives you a feeling like you are in the heart of the USA during the early 20th century where the country’s values and pride were being formed.
Songs like the title track, “The Crossing” and “East Side Of The River” showcase more of a country feel than the rest of the record. They are both powerful tracks that could be appreciated if Brian Lindsay ever opened for Bruce Springsteen. These tracks are very well written and showcase Brian’s excellent songwriting.
One of my favorite tracks on the record is “Lonesome Train”. It is a throwback to good old rock and roll tracks by artists like the Northern Pikes. This track showcases the energy that Brian puts into his performances. The track is upbeat and has some excellent guitar work on it. The more you listen to it, it almost sounds like a more southern George Thorogood.
Another excellent track is the more ballad like “The Night Is Long”. The track has a 1950’s feel to it but still shows Brian’s rock influence. It turns out to be a very good love song that has a timeless feel to it. This song is one that you defiantly cannot miss.
If you are in the New York area you should look to see if Brian Lindsay is performing and go see him and support his music. Please go to his website, http://www.brianlindsay.net/ and check out some clips of his CD and buy it there if you like it.

Rating: 4/5
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Rochester City News

If Van Morrison were a cowboy... who knows.
If he hadn't mentioned Sea Breeze on the first cut with the knowledge of a man that had actually been there, I'd swear Brian Lindsay was from Nashville. And I mean the kind of Nashville of folks like Jim Lauderdale and Lucinda Williams, not those nouveau rednecks that got Bush re-elected. Lindsay's The Crossing seems rooted in Americana but offers slick, almost classic rock riffs and harmonies before you think there's just one side to the man. These are really, really good songs. If Van Morrison were a cowboy... who knows. Just check out "Forever Yours (Marianne)."

--- Frank De Blase
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Del Rivers W.I.T.R.-FM


Song by Song Review: The Crossing –Brian Lindsay

Brian Lindsay’s solo CD debut – “The Crossing” – is a refreshing release from someone who worked for years to find his own voice among the similarly styled bands of 1990’s Rock’n’Roll. A veteran of three bands that nearly broke through, (“The El Fidels”, “The Dragonflys”, and “The Bootleggers”), he set himself apart from the “Aerosmiths”, “Black Crowes”, and other bands that managed to get airplay in the 1990’s or had their musical roots related to the “Faces” & “Rolling Stones”. Times are tough for everybody now; even strong acts like “Bruce Springsteen” and “R.E.M.” can’t get played very often. Luckily, guys like Brian have it in their heart to pursue the truly American art form of Rock’n’Roll, and keep it burning bright despite what the charts tell us.

The lyrics of the songs are definitely influenced by the traditional Blues and Gospel elements that give them a strong foundation. Words like “believe”, “unconditional love”, “redemption”, and other elements relating to the Soul permeate his lyrics. I am quite amazed how he pieced it together as a complete Rock’n’Roll album, without sounding too “Blues” or overly “Christian”. I don’t like to compare, but it comes close to the feeling I get after hearing mid-period Bruce Springsteen (like the “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” album). There is enough of that “American-styled Rock” feel to give it an edge and keep you dancing. What’s fun about this CD also are the local Rochester, NY references about the “Genesee River” or “Sea Breeze” (just like when Lou Gramm mentioned “Lake Avenue” on the “Dirty White Boy” album). Great harmony vocals throughout support Brian’s voice; which at times can be subtle or commanding in the same tune.

The album was produced by fellow El Fidel Mark Gifford, who also worked with New Math and The Raw Magilly’s (now - The Atomic Swindlers) at G.F.I. Studios.

Here are some notations – song by song:

1. The Crossing – Title track that builds from a subtle harmonica to a strong mid-tempo rocker; it also sets up the “train” theme that is explored in other songs.

2. It’s All About You – It reminds me of Mick Jagger’s urgent sounding solo material or a little bit like “That Smell” by “Lynyrd Skynyrd”. Features Lou Gramm alumni – “Don Mancuso” on lead guitar.


3. East Side Of The River – Very powerful track – the closest to something that Bruce Springsteen would think of. This deserves to be a played single track.

4. Forever Yours (Marianne) – Nice love song with great saxophone and
piano throughout. A “testified” ending.

5. Lonesome Train – Not the “Burnette Trio” song, but nevertheless the
fastest song on the CD with “train-beat” drums, a great lead guitar, &
harmonica.

6. Brave New World (Wide Open) – Another “train” ride with acoustic start & breaks. Formally an older “Bootleggers” song – also features former “Dragonfly” & “Riviera Playboy” lead guitarist “Bob Janneck”.

7. Unconditional – Nice, bluesy guitar with duet toward song’s end with
singer “Caroline Rohlin”. Has a slow waltz rhythm.

8. Begin Again – Strong guitar work courtesy of acoustic artist “Alan
Whitney”. Another older “Bootleggers” song with organ fills.

9. The Night Is Long – A true gem on this record. Very similar to a timeless “Drifters” song or a “Ben E. King” tune. Actually features surviving members of “Danny & The Juniors” who are every bit as good as Elvis’ “Jordanaires”.

10. Last Of The True Believers – A great blues-rocking story of Adam
& Eve and of eventual redemption in music.

11. Talk About Love – Another former “Bootleggers” gem with strong
power chords in the rhythm, and biting lead guitar.

12. American Justice – A song that begins with the visual of gangs & guns
on the streets; and then to the war overseas. Leaves the listener with a
question – whether “American Justice” is right or misguided. An edited
version of this song would be a great movie or television show theme.
Lead guitar courtesy of “Bob Janneck”.

Del Rivers of W.I.T.R.-FM
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Royal Records

This is a great blend of rock & roll with some R&B - bluesy flare
When you think of Rock & Roll, you think of music that has its roots in the numerous artists that have covered this widespread genre. Some styles are even "specialized" - Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, etc.
This CD exemplifies all types of Rock & Roll while maintaining a common thread to Mr. Lindsay's style. Each song is well written & composed. The songs are unique to the artists feel of these different influences while keeping the "Lindsay Style".
I'd recommend this CD to those who want a "fresh" sound with rock & roll as their listening preferece.
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Alain barthel

Great album
This CD represents what is best about independent production. Great job Brian can't wait for the next album.
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Branimir Lokner

His work can be compared with Springsteen and Mellencamp
Brian Lindsay's career is quite long. He played in the New York region and he worked and recorded albums with many musicians and bands. During those years he recorded over a hundred songs, which were also played by other musicians/bands so it can be stated that he was a respected author as well. He worked over 2 years on his solo album trying to find songs that would show him as a singer-songwriter in an adequate way. It certainly looks like he succeeded in that attempt.

"The Crossing" is an album with 12 author's themes that promote him as a singer-songwriter because they touch rock, rhythm and blues, soul and other typically American elements. Brian is a very emotional singer and author, so topics that concern him are described in his work in a very personal and sincere way. His work can be compared with the work of Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp.
As a singer, Brian uses narrative and, in some ways, he is like a "storyteller" but those songs are very noticeable. He doesn't sound average or, god forbid, boring for even one moment.

"The Crossing" contains material that is respectable and that adequately probes the author's qualities of Brian Lindsay.

RATING : 9 / 10

Branimir Lokner
Bežanijska 33, 11080 Zemun
Serbia & Montenegro
e-mail: lokbis@eunet.yu
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Geoff Tesch

Brian Lindsay's new CD release, The Crossing
In the title song of Brian Lindsay’s new CD, The Crossing, Brian sings about the unique shoreline and bay area where he lives, using that imagery as a visual background while weaving a story that first pays tribute to the Native Americans who lived in the area centuries before his own youthful glory days, which are then conjured up in a series of memories revealing an un-dying passion for both the area, and everything exhilarating and cherished that has happened there for him. The same intense longing and passion shines through brightly on The Night Is Long, where Brian uses the form of a ‘doo-wop’ ballad as few before him have. He sings a steadily building story of un-requited love in a way that anyone who has walked that troublesome road will both thank him and damn him for bringing their own bittersweet memories so vividly back to life. Right down to the smell of a summer’s night, and the heart-pounding desperation of desire. Yet through all of Brian’s trials, tribulations, and search for the truth, one thing remains perfectly clear: he’s not about to give up any time soon. Some people compare Brian’s work to Springsteen; I feel Brian’s work is more akin to the humility, soul, and wisdom of the Late Johnny Cash. Sort of a modern-day Man In Black, fighting the good fight, searching for the truth that resonates within his own heart.
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Ella Wirtz

"Give Brian Lindsay a chance at your next rendezvous"
Brian Lindsay! I never heard of him.
“Brian is a singer/songwriter, who’s own style is a mix influenced by Soul, Americana and Rock n’ Roll." That’s what is says on his website about him. Well, Brian, let’s hear.
Track 1 is already the title song ‘The Crossing’. It starts with harmonica, melancholic vocals, very clean production, and yes, by all means it pleases.
In the more rocking ‘It’s All About You’ the appealing back vocals are appearing for the first time.
‘East Side Of The River’ is laid-back, and one of my personal favorites of this CD.
In ‘Forever Yours’ the typical guitar parts are being surprisingly substituted by saxophone.
A boogie is hiding behind ‘Lonesome Train’. Southern rock influences are not noticeable – this is my favorite piece for sure!
Bruce Springsteen could have written ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Begin Again’ reminds me a lot of Tom Petty’s – Songs.
In ‘Unconditional’ the gears are being shifted back, a very mellow piece.
To get inspiration for ‘The Night Is Long’ Brian obviously went deep into the record collection of his parents, back to the Everly Brothers or the Drifters – Greetings from the 50’s!
The ‘Last Of The True Believers’ has these nice Tom Petty –guitars again.
‘Talk About Love’ is hopping with a pleasing, sluggish groove.
Brian Lindsay ends his debut-release with ‘American Justice’, a political statement, which shows us Europeans again, that not all Americans are CNN-Dummies. Brian doesn’t want to be part of an America, which exports this special ‘American Justice’ into the world.
The conclusion: The New Yorker Brian Lindsay has surely not reinvented the wheel, but this CD is throughout, pleasing, the songwriting excellent, the performance without exceptions solid and the production very clean and clear. The booklet includes all necessary lyrics and other relevant information. You can listen into the songs on Brian’s website.
So guys, if your girlfriend finds no romance in the twanging singing of Dave Mustaines, and you absolutely don’t want or can’t listen to Bon Jovi, give Brian Lindsay a chance at your next rendezvous.
Ella Wirtz, 01/09/2005; www.rocktimes.de
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Patty Powers

The Crossing is an awesome piece of music!
Brian is such a talented and prolific singer/songwriter and it shows on every tune on his new CD, The Crossing. This music contains all aspects of a pro production. All of the songs are great but Brian kills on the title track, The Crossing. He tells you a story and transports you to where he is. He is the real deal. Much luck on all future endeavors! You won't need it though.
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Shut Eye Records & Agency

"Brian writes foot-stompin' ,soul-searchin' rock n' roll."
Whether you call it Americana,singer/songwriter,or jukebox country,there's no denying that this stuff will make you want to catch a freight train out to the prairie.Songs like "Brave New World" and "East side of the River" bask in rural ambition much in the vein of Bruce Springsteen or Bob Seger.We here at Shut Eye dig the stuff...
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