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Sweet Mystery

by The 11th Floor Band

The 11th Floor Band brings energetic storytelling with an original collection of indie pop, rock and alt. country songs that will have you singing with the music. Interesting lyrics, strong vocals, and a guitar-driven persona highlight this CD.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Mystery
3:45 $0.99
2. Outside
2:59 $0.99
3. The Worst
2:50 $0.99
4. Rendezvous Road
3:35 $0.99
5. Whiskey Train
3:49 $0.99
6. I Will Take You There
3:25 $0.99
7. Right Amount of Drunk
2:35 $0.99
8. Ain't No Doubt About It
4:01 $0.99
9. Sugar Blush
3:32 $0.99
10. By My Side
3:48 $0.99
11. Brother
3:10 $0.99
12. Ghost On the Highway
3:45 $0.99
13. Large Wine
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Album Notes
A decade ago, one reviewer called the 11th Floor Band’s CD “Best of Days” one of the “best of the year.” In 2014, the line-up has changed but the songs haven’t – still full of interesting storytelling wrapped in guitar-driven songs you can sing to. Original members John Barney (guitar) and Lew Kerns (guitar, vocals) have teamed with Marshall Jeff Davis (vocals, bass) to combine a wealth of musical influences into a collection of songs that previously have been performed live. During the last couple years, the 11th Floor Band has opened for notable groups such as Ambrosia, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Danny Seraphine (Chicago), among others.

The band was originally formed in the 11th floor ocean-view Long Beach condo of songwriter John Barney - “jamming with a buddy while listening to the waves is great inspiration.” After getting married, John moved a few miles away and a happenstance meeting with neighbor Marshall (veteran of regional cover bands) resulted in a collarboration that remains the current line-up. The ties that bind the “Floor” is a belief in creating original music. John states “most guys our age are playing in cover bands. There’s nothing wrong with that – we like playing some classic tunes as well. But a halfway decent band can get you dancing with ”Superstition” “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Taking Care of Business.” The challenge is to see if you can engage the audience with your own music. We write good songs and still feel like we have something to say. We’re willing to let music fans be the judge of that.”

John’s influences include Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Tori Amos and many others. Marshall brought in punk and more modern bands such as The Foo Fighters while Lew liked The Who, Lou Reed, and Johnny Cash. “For this cd, we recorded songs without worrying about a common thread or being too genre specific – it’s tough for marketing – but in this age of single-song downloads it’s more acceptable. Our next project will be much narrower in focus.”

The CD “Sweet Mystery” brings outs sing-along pop/rock songs such as “I Will Take You There” and “Rendezvous Road” along side blues/rock anthem “Whiskey Train” and humorous alt-country songs “Right Amount of Drunk” and “The Worst.” “There are also some surprises. Probably the best lyric song is “By My Side.” which is also the only song I sing,” says John. “And Marshall’s “Sugar Blush” is something I’d expect to hear on Vaudeville!”



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Just good songs. That sums up this CD. While I agree that the CD might have too many genres represented, most of the songs are very good. There's not a lot of excess instrumentation, rather some good guitar and vocals, and many of the songs are easy to sing to.