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by MainStream South

A rare collection of contemporary instrumental rock music
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fruit Lady
5:23 album only
2. Boardwalk Nights
5:47 album only
3. Funk n' Such
7:13 album only
4. Never Better
5:39 album only
5. Madam, a moment...please
5:32 album only
6. Remember the Band
4:56 album only
7. Splendor of it all
7:13 album only
8. Break Song
5:24 album only
9. Coon Dog Jam
4:08 album only
10. Island Breezes
5:16 album only
11. Road Trip
9:54 album only


Album Notes
1. Fruit Lady
2. Boardwalk Nights
3. Funk n' Such
4. Never Better
5. Madam, a moment...please
6. Remember the Band
7. Splendor of it all
8. Break Song
9. Coon dog jam
10. Island Breezes
11. Road Trip

All songs were written and arranged by Steve Perez, except for (a) Fruit Lady, Never Better and Coon dog jam (which were written by Steve Perez and Derek Hess) and (b) Funk n' Such (which was written by Steve Perez and Randall Hall). Certain guitar parts played on Funk n' Such were based on parts written by Mr. Randall Hall. Certain bass parts played on Fruit Lady and Funk n' Such were based on parts written by Mr. Wayne Odum.

All Solos were performed as follows:
Barry Harwood: all electric, slide, acoustic guitars and mandolin
Steve Perez: all piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizer and synth-flute
Randall Bramblett:Saxophone on Boardwalk Nights and Madam, a moment please
Rick Johnson: Saxophone on Never Better

The Band: MainStream South
Steve Perez
Piano, bass, organ and other keyboard instruments
Barry Harwood
Electric, acoustic and slide guitars, lap steel and mandolin
Derek Hess
Drums and light percussion
Guest Musicians:
Randall Bramblett
Tenor and Alto Saxophones
Rob Peck
Felecia Perry
The Horn Section:
Rick Johnson: Tenor Sax
Bill Hazlett: Trombone (aka the Bone)
Gary Smith: Trumpet

Other Information:
Tracking and Editing Engineer: Darryl Phenneger
Assistant Tracking Engineer: Delaney Lewis
Mixed by: Paul Lapinski and Steve Perez
Mastered by: Paul Lapinski
Production: MainStream South
Violin and Horn Sections: written and arranged by Steve Perez.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at: Vision Sound Studios, Jacksonville, Florida,

Barry Lee Harwood is a highly creative guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He plays acoustic, electric and slide guitars, mandolin, dobro, and lap steel. His work can be heard on many recordings, such as: Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere and This Is The Way (The Rossington Collins Band); various tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrds Nuthin Fancy, Gimme Back My Bulletsand Street Survivors; along with recordings by
Paul Davis, Melanie, Lobo, and Jim Stafford. Barry is also the creator of HeartStrings Cafe. Go to www.barryleeharwood.com for more information.

Derek Hess is an extraordinary drummer. He excels at playing many styles of music and has strong production skills. His work can be heard on many album releases, such as: Here There & Back (The Allen Collins Band); Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere and This Is The Way (The Rossington Collins Band). Derek has toured with The Allen Collins Band; The Rossington Collins Band; The Derek Trucks Band; and Melanie. Derek is a very active studio drummer for local artists.

Steve Perez is a performer and writer of diverse musical styles. Prior to pursing a business career, he performed with a number of artists including Barry, Derek and Mr. Randall Hall (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd), in a group known as Running Easy. He also has toured with Melanie and played in many recording sessions.



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Michael Buffalo Smith

GRITZ Review...
Mainstream South is a trio whose roots stem from the heart of the Lynyrd Skynyrd family tree. Guitarist Barry Lee Harwood and drummer Derek Hess were both members of the post-plane crash band Rossington Collins, and pianist Steve Perez played in bands with Harwood and Hess, as well as Skynyrd alumni Randall Hall in the pre-Skynyrd days. In fact, many of the tunes on this all-instrumental album were written and performed in the days before the Free Bird flew high.

Barry Lee Harwood is a true musician’s musician. He plays acoustic, electric and slide guitars, mandolin, dobro, and even lap steel. Besides his stellar work with The Rossington Collins Band, Barry Lee also played on various tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Nuthin Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets and Street Survivors.

Derek Hess is an equally talented musician, playing drums and percussion. He played drums for Rossington Collins as well as The Allen Collins Band, and he has toured with The Derek Trucks Band.

Steve Perez is a top flight musician and writer, who played with Barry Lee and Derek prior to entering a life career in business. He also toured with singer songwriter Melanie. (“Brand New Key.”)

The music here is definitely not Southern Rock. What it is, however, is an absolutely astounding set of contemporary rock instrumentals, that vacilate between jazzy riffs and blues licks, wrapped up in a blanket of pure Southern originality. Every song is winner. As a writer, I like to put instrumental and soundtrack albums on while I work, and I just made Speechless my new favorite. It’s great driving music too. Pop it in the CD changer in the Lexus or the pickup truck and hit the open road. It’ll set your mind free.

The trio is augmented by a couple of heavy hitter guests, including solo artist and former Sea Level member Randall Bramblett, who plays saxophone on “Boardwalk Nights” and “Madam, a Moment…Please.” Rick Johnson adds sax on “Never Better.”

Speechless is at once an unexpected sound from these former Southern Rockers and also a pleasant surprise. It’s all good, and like your veggies, good for you too. Slip on a pair of Bose headphones, pop this one in, and close your eyes. Let me know what your imagination paints on the inside of the walls within your mind. I know it will be beautiful, with lots of bright colors.



David Eugene king

Main Stream South didn't name this record Speechless without reason because I'm not sure where to begin. When I first popped the CD in the computer, the media player labeled the genre as Easy Listening. On the album cover under the title it's described as "A Rare Collection of Contemporary Instrumental Rock Music". Call it what you will but it's neither any of those categories yet both-and a whole lot more.
As the songs develop one thinks the song is going in a particular direction then the unexpected seems to happen. You're taken down a different path a completely while still staying on some sort of course with in the melodies. You never know what's going to come next, piano, horns, guitars, mandolin, slide, lap steel, drum fill, bass, harmonica, strings, etc. So at this point you just stop trying to guess and sit back to listen and enjoy. It's not fair to say different parts of the songs sound like somebody else because these guys didn't appear to try to follow some record executive's formula for success. The just wrote played what they felt at the moment. The drums change time signature throughout but still adhere to some middle ground and you're foot will automatically start tapping without thought. Then things will shift and come back around once again.
Many different styles can be heard throughout the record including, Classical, Jazz, Fusion, Island, Dixie, Delta, Nashville, Big Band, Rock, Metal, and of course Gospel, thrown in for good measure. All songs are clean and precise without getting technical to the point of being too complex for the untrained listener. No smashing drums or chaotic guitar riffing here, all cylinders are firing in perfect timing and no one instrument dominates the others. Rather, they all weave in and out at certain unpredictable yet relevant times. One only imagines what it would be like sitting in the studio during production. The arrangements seem carefully planned out yet not structured to the point of getting stuffy giving them a feeling of controlled improvisation. The sheet music for this if there is any must look unlike anything else and one can only imagine what kind of charting was done to put all this together.
Really these are all songs within songs meaning that if just one instrument were singled out and all the others were muted, you'd still have a complete song. Hopefully MSS will play a show or two to promote this and we'll see all the forces at work live. Until then I'm forwarding this information to our local public radio station. Just not sure yet which show to send it to, Rock, Jazz, Country, other?. Heck maybe I'll send it to them all and let them decide. They're the experts right? Listen to it with a good set of headphones and you'll be amazed before your halfway through