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Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice

by Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice

Original Rock, Alternative and Blues
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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  Song Share Time Download
1. J.J. Hector
4:52 $1.00
2. Tired
3:34 $1.00
3. Night Drivin'
4:05 $1.00
4. Be Good
3:27 $1.00
5. Yellow Dog
4:21 $1.00
6. Roll the Dice
3:59 $1.00
7. Boombox
4:45 $1.00
8. Movin'
2:48 $1.00
9. Blues Is All I Know
4:08 $1.00
10. 430-Cry
4:21 $1.00
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Album Notes
‘Nathan Bryce & Loaded Dice’: Wake the Neighbors!


“Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice” (the new album and the band) has reached an achievement that is rare and difficult in the blues: a recording of original songs, fresh yet rooted in the tradition.


Many of these songs tell stories — some in the blues way, others more in the singer-songwriter fashion — songs that are sad, angry and/or funny. And throughout, you’ll be energized by the powerhouse presence of Nathan’s guitar as well as Cody Cook on bass and Jeff Whittington on drums. C. Closser helped with the writing.


A terrifying feedback scream introduces, “JJ Hector,” the song and the bad-ass character. A pal from way back, having changed his ways, has no use for JJ. A pounding rhythm paints a sonic picture of nasty JJ. Near the end of the piece, there’s a transition to a smooth burn (signaling relief as JJ is left in the dust?).


In “Tired,” another figure wants to extricate himself from all his lying and drinking. This song has more of a rock or pop structure with a blues theme.


“Yellow Dog” offers a fun yarn for the 95 percent who hated high school. It’s about a fellow whose life peaked before he graduated.


Sound effects add appeal in several songs, such as the opening of “Night Drivin’.” An addled motorist fires up his muscle car, rumbling like a growling mongrel, then the driver screeches into the dark. From this song, here’s one of the compelling lines of the album:


            Around the bend, around the curve, maybe I’ll get what I deserve.


“Roll the Dice” presents the manic aspect of casino games — women, money and a winning streak — with the band playing upbeat, up-tempo. “Be Good” suggests a simple remedy for doing your best in any endeavor.


“Boombox” may be the most inspired combination of song, lyrics and moods: nostalgia, ironic humor and genuine love for that era. The band strikes up a wailing of righteous blues while the quirky story carries on.


            All I need is a tape deck

            That old music treats me right

            That’s boombox quality!


Nathan sets up the last songs (“Movin’,” “Blues Is All I Know” and “430-Cry”) then discharges them, 1-2-3, in a bluesy-blasting finish.


This side is one you need to crank up as loud as you possibly can. Go ahead, wake the neighbors! They deserve to hear it.


— Ed Peaco



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