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Where the Lonely Reside

by Red Idle Rejects

A collection of tunes that focus on the trials and tribulations of urban-Appalachians.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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5. Concrete and Leather Blues
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6. Wandering eyeball Blues
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8. Where the Lonely Reside
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Album Notes
STEVE BOWLING TURNS REJECTION INTO COUNTRY/ROOTS FLAVORED MAGIC, by Brian Baker, City Beat Magazine (www.citybeat.com)

When Steve Bowling first got together with his band mates in Red Idle, they began by playing original tunes for each other. Bowling breezed through a few of his compositions, eventually hauling out "Where the Lonely Reside", a countryesque tune informed by Bowling's Appalachian roots, which sparked an interesting reaction.

"At the end of it, one of the guys, Russ Waters, goes, 'Whew! Thank God that's over!' " Bowling says with a laugh. "The experience is harrowing enough without that response."

While Bowling has remained with Red Idle from its inception, he also continued to write the Roots/Country songs that were dismissed by the band. That initial reaction inspired Bowling to christen his first solo effort with the title of the song that elicited the negative response--WHERE THE LONELY RESIDE--and gave Bowling the name he's bestowed upon the group that comprises his side project: the Red Idle Rejects.

"That song was rejected by the group," Bowling says, "so that's where the name came from."

Obviously Bowling hadn't presented his Country songs to the proper audience; the collective that comprises the Red Idle Rejects has a completely different ear.

"I think it's our favorite song to play," says guitarist Steve Sigsbee.

From the Mekons-like Americana chug of "Mean Dry County" and the Jesse Winchester Folk balladry of "Ruthie" to the rootsy blues swing of "Concrete and Leather Blues" and the roots-rock blister of "Divorce" the diversity of Where the Lonely Reside is woven together with Bowling's Appalachian threads.

"It's an urban-Appalachian theme," Bowling says. "The songs relate, from the beginning of the CD to the end, to leaving the hills and moving to the city."

Given that some of the songs from the CD were inspired by Bowling's divorce, the frequent references to Maseratis in the lyrics raise the question of whether it's an iconic or actual representation.

"You know what it is, it's such a great word," Bowling says with a laugh. "It has a cadence, it's four syllables, and it's perfect. She didn't really dump me and leave in a Maserati; that's artistic license."

"And it rhymes with karate," notes Sigsbee.

"And you really can't do much with Escort," Bowling says. "Or Pinto."


CINCINNATI ENQUIRER REVIEW, RED IDLE REJECTS: WHERE THE LONELY RESIDE, by Rick Bird (newsbird@zoomtown.com)

This is a concept album that amounts to a sociological study of the Appalachian migration to northern cities.

"I guess that's what it is," says songwriter Steve Bowling with a laugh. "Although that's a mouthful that would be hard to rhyme."

This is a side project for Bowling, the lead singer for Red Idle, in which he explores his family's Kentucky roots and the mountain storytyelling tradition. It plays as a great country-rock album ranging from classic hard country, to rockabilly and some straight-ahead blues rock.

For inspiration, Bowling draws on the experience of his parents, who moved from Clay County, Kentucky to Cincinnati years ago. "I tried to tell the story of the Appalachian family who migrates from a traditional mountain home to a hostile urban environment."

The song titles reflect that theme, such as "Leaving Today", "If it Looks Strange", "Concrete and Leather Blues", and "Where the Lonely Reside".

There is humor, too,like "Mean Dry County", about finding oneself on a weekend visit to s dry Kentucky holler. And Bowlingseems to be channeling Hank Williamswith a whimsical love song, "Simple Blue".

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