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Esperanza

by Brian Lindsay

A Roots rocking, guitar slinging, soul singing, hardcore troubadour!
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Lay Your Burden Down
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2. King of the Mountain
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3. Let's Get Together (Rejuvenation)
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4. Prelude to Summer
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5. Summerville
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6. Esperanza
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7. Brothers in Arms
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8. My Lucky day
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9. New York City to the Bayou
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10. Last Days of Summer
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11. The Balance
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Album Notes
Brian Lindsay wanted to make a record about summer, and he's done just that. It's not too hard to imagine the guitars and imagery of Esperanza blasting out of passing car windows on a beautiful summer day.

Brian Lindsay & the Bootleggers will be playing the songs from the band's new album Friday, May 29, at the Keg, the Gregory Street club at the German House that's trying to step it up in presenting local music. With two excellent albums now, Lindsay clearly has the songs to step right into that job.

From the opening track, "Lay Your Burden Down," Lindsay continues to bring to mind the Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town-era Springsteen, with his guitar, harmonica, and songs of desperate love and haunted, overheated young heads. But while Springsteen's references from this era are the Jersey Shore, Lindsay's are the east side of Rochester. "Summerville" — "My wife grew up there; I thought that sounded like a great title for a song," he says — is a tale of broken romance and memories drawn from the community at the end of St. Paul Boulevard. Also appearing is Esperanza, the Greek revival mansion overlooking Keuka Lake in Bluff Point, Yates County, where the Underground Railroad once passed and where now "angels and ghosts roam these old halls, to remind us of freedom's cost."

Lindsay lives on Irondequoit Bay, and you can hear it: "There's a cold wind blowing across the bay, with autumn hanging in its sway." It's a lot of the same territory that Lindsay explored in his 2005 album, The Crossing, particularly the Lindsay-defining moment, "East Side of the River."

"King of the Mountain" is a spin on the kid's game where you spend the afternoon pushing each other down a hill, relating it to years later and the financial center of Wall Street, where everyone's pushing one another over a pile of money. But perhaps most interesting is "Brothers in Arms," inspired by a journal kept by Lindsay's great grandfather, a U.S. Army medic in the Civil War, hopeful that each day's fighting will be the last. Here, Bruce Diamond's fiddle and mandolin add just the right vintage touch to what Lindsay concedes are words aimed at his dismay with Bush's invasion of Iraq: "Can we learn from history, will the next generation fight for peace?"

Interesting metaphors that, again, bring to mind Springsteen. "I definitely get that a lot, and he is an influence," Lindsay says. "Any of the good storytellers are good influences. Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, classic rock, Bob Dylan.

"I guess people like that touching stone. You know, 'Oh, OK, I get it.' When you come down to it, marketing is very important." For more, go to

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Frank De Blase rochestercitynewspaper.com

ALT-COUNTRY: Brian Lindsay
A lot of the music that has one boot in country and one in roots-rock doesn't get much play beyond The Boss, Tom Petty, or the countless insurgents struggling sub-strata. You've gotta dig around a bit for the flannel-and-denim, blue-collar calamity that is the mark of hardcore troubadours. Here in Rochester, you don't need a backhoe. Fine musicians like 40 Rod Lightning, Blue Jimmy, Burning Daylight, and Brian Lindsay positively swing the Americana hammer. As an artist Lindsay is perfectly balanced, just the right blend of everything and too much of nothing. Classic tones and imagery ignite his ideals, and yet still manage to fill his soundscape with a faded comfort and amber waves of rock 'n' roll. His latest release, "Esperanza," is absolutely beautiful.
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Jeff Spevak democratandchronicle.com

Brian Lindsay's songs tell Eastside stories
Brian Lindsay wanted to make a record about summer, and he's done just that. It's not too hard to imagine the guitars and imagery of Esperanza blasting out of passing car windows on a beautiful summer day.

Brian Lindsay & the Bootleggers will be playing the songs from the band's new album Friday, May 29, at the Keg, the Gregory Street club at the German House that's trying to step it up in presenting local music. With two excellent albums now, Lindsay clearly has the songs to step right into that job.

From the opening track, "Lay Your Burden Down," Lindsay continues to bring to mind the Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town-era Springsteen, with his guitar, harmonica, and songs of desperate love and haunted, overheated young heads. But while Springsteen's references from this era are the Jersey Shore, Lindsay's are the east side of Rochester. "Summerville" — "My wife grew up there; I thought that sounded like a great title for a song," he says — is a tale of broken romance and memories drawn from the community at the end of St. Paul Boulevard. Also appearing is Esperanza, the Greek revival mansion overlooking Keuka Lake in Bluff Point, Yates County, where the Underground Railroad once passed and where now "angels and ghosts roam these old halls, to remind us of freedom's cost."

Lindsay lives on Irondequoit Bay, and you can hear it: "There's a cold wind blowing across the bay, with autumn hanging in its sway." It's a lot of the same territory that Lindsay explored in his 2005 album, The Crossing, particularly the Lindsay-defining moment, "East Side of the River."

"King of the Mountain" is a spin on the kid's game where you spend the afternoon pushing each other down a hill, relating it to years later and the financial center of Wall Street, where everyone's pushing one another over a pile of money. But perhaps most interesting is "Brothers in Arms," inspired by a journal kept by Lindsay's great grandfather, a U.S. Army medic in the Civil War, hopeful that each day's fighting will be the last. Here, Bruce Diamond's fiddle and mandolin add just the right vintage touch to what Lindsay concedes are words aimed at his dismay with Bush's invasion of Iraq: "Can we learn from history, will the next generation fight for peace?"

Interesting metaphors that, again, bring to mind Springsteen. "I definitely get that a lot, and he is an influence," Lindsay says. "Any of the good storytellers are good influences. Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, classic rock, Bob Dylan.

"I guess people like that touching stone. You know, 'Oh, OK, I get it.' When you come down to it, marketing is very important." For more, go to www.brianlindsay.net.
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"Brian Lindsay's "King of the Mountain" #1 at commercial WOCM 98.1 in Ocean City
"Brian Lindsay's "King of the Mountain" #1 at commercial WOCM 98.1 in Ocean City, Maryland for 2 weeks straight! "
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Don Zelazny , Americana Roots

Brian’s music is pure Americana; plugged in Americana that is full of spunk and
"Brian’s music is pure Americana; plugged in Americana that is full of spunk and life. He possesses a Springsteen type swagger and exudes the same confidence delivering his well crafted tunes with guitars blazing."
- Don Zelazny , Americana Roots
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Daily Vault

Lindsay’s sophomore solo release is a striking piece of work
Lindsay’s sophomore solo release is a striking piece of work. Lindsay consistently elevates these songs above their station with his passionate delivery and spot-on arrangements.
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