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Begin 2

by Mike Roos & The Dry Bed String Band

Acoustic roots music with heartfelt poetic lyrics, sung with passion.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When He Was Young
6:03 $0.99
2. New Orleans
3:13 $0.99
3. Holy Slow Train
5:48 $0.99
4. Blacksburg
8:34 $0.99
5. Jesus Forgot
5:37 $0.99
6. Plato's Slave Boy
5:09 $0.99
7. Christmas In the Islands
4:00 $0.99
8. I Like the Buddha
5:10 $0.99
9. Whisky Kid
6:21 $0.99
10. Little Blue Ball
5:10 $0.99
11. Ballad of Gregory Gregory
6:28 $0.99
12. Still Flowing Water
4:08 $0.99
13. Asian Princess
5:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mike Roos painstakingly recorded “Begin 2,” a heartfelt collection of 13 songs, over a five-year period, 2006-2011, in his personal studio. It's his third collection of songs, but the first since "Songs From the Flood Wall" 20 years ago. 2011, in fact, marks the 25th anniversary of his first collection of songs, “Kangaroo,” released in 1986. Over that period, Mike Roos has continued to teach writing and literature at a midwestern university, yet somehow found the time to complete two book manuscripts (with another in progress) and about 50 new songs.

"Begin 2" is distinctly different from his previous collections and marks a step forward in music, production, and performance. In an impassioned acoustic roots style (featuring guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and dobro), Mike touches on a variety of painful contemporary subjects in these songs, including the Virginia Tech massacre ("Blacksburg"), Hurricane Katrina ("New Orleans"), aging (“When He Was Young” and “Whisky Kid”), George W. Bush (“Jesus Forgot”), and war (“Holy Slow Train”), but most of the songs explore spiritual and philosophical matters, like “Plato’s Slave Boy,” the wry “I Like the Buddha,” “Little Blue Ball,” “Christmas in the Islands,” “Still Flowing Water,” and “The Ballad of Gregory Gregory.” The album concludes with the intimate lullaby “Asian Princess.”

It’s an album that's not afraid to peer into the dark mysteries, life's sorrows and pains, but in the end, with a sense of humor and a warm heart, it offers a healthy measure of hope: there’s goodness out there if you know where to look.



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Terrific Folk/Rock Album
The talented group, Mike Roos & The Dry Bed String Band, release another excellent Folk/Rock CD, “Begin 2.” This album is comprised of well written songs that explore into some themes of major events while also looking into spiritual and thoughtful matters. You will also like the assortment of instrumentation this album has to offer such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and dobro. The song, “New Orleans,” catches your ear with its bouncy beat and fun lyrics that are sung with strong tonality. “New Orleans,” has a nice bluesy feel and another song with thought provoking lyrics. There is Country flair on the song, “I Like the Buddha,” as this song has those fun loving lyrics and vibrant rhythm. You will find the terrific Folk/Rock album, “Begin 2,” a collection of music embedded with charming lyrics, charismatic vocals, and a fine cast of musicians.