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Chasing the Sun

by The Beltways

Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Left All Up to Me
3:00 $1.06
2. Vacation Time
4:24 $0.98
3. Whiskey in the Workhouse
2:47 $0.98
4. 70 On 70
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5. Seven Days
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6. Come Around
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7. Perfect
5:19 $0.98
8. Hit the Street
3:11 $0.98
9. Hell of a Price
3:09 $0.98
10. She Is
4:13 $0.98
11. Callous
5:54 $0.98
12. Maybe Next Year
4:51 $0.98
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Baltimore Rock & Roll
Chasing the Sun on Sawng Mfg. Records is the fourth release from Baltimore band The Beltways and is the most solid recording date. Top notch songs from beginning to end, the disc starts off with a straight forward rock & roll basher “Left all up to me” with buzzing amps and relentless pace. Guitars weave in and out a la Keef and Ronnie throughout this disc with songs such as “Come Around” and “Vacation Time” where Filippone writes about love lost and eventually found again. In recent years The Beltways have shown off the ability to mix a bit of country style in with the rock & roll. “Whiskey in the Workhouse” is one of these songs. “70 on 70” brings to mind weekends in nearby West Virginia. The guys peel the paint off the walls using pure guitar power on “Seven Days”, a song penned by Bob Dylan for Ronnie Wood and originally released in 79 on Wood’s New Barbarians record Gimme Some Neck. “Perfect” has the boys back in the power pop territory with more searing guitar much like the material from earlier releases. “Hit the Street” is another pop ditty with Bob Kannenberg taking the spotlight. Kannenberg, founding member of the now defunct Barn Burners, has been a member of The Beltway since 2009 and is now sharing much of the writing credits with Jay Filippone who formed The Beltways in 1994. Billy Patrick contributes here with “Hell of a Price”, a song which takes us into a whole new direction with mandolin, upright bass and the feeling of being on a country carnival merry-go-round. Next we enter the garage rock genre with “She is” and Pete Kuhn on vocals. “Callous” is a down tempo song with content that takes us through a lifetime of sadness after family and love lost and the disk closes with another heartbreaker entitled “Maybe Next Year”.

Produced in part by roots rock heavyweight Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Del-Lords, Ryan Adams, Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw, etc.), Chasing the Sun is a nicely produced, solid rock & roll record with great songs that you will find yourself listening to over again and again.


Excursion into whiskey-soaked honky-tonk music
The Beltway’s fourth album, Chasing the Sun, is an excursion into whiskey-soaked honky-tonk country.
The boys really hit their stride with their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Seven Days.” The guitar parts are thoughtfully executed, and the energy and full sound of this tune will win over fans spanning multiple genres. You get a change of pace with the jaunty “Hell of a Price,” which conjures images of the Muppets on vacation, adding a touch of levity. The heart-breaking mellow rock and roll of “Callous” brings you back down to harsh reality, bittersweet and beautiful. If you’ve been a long-time fan of the Beltway’s you’ll appreciate the level of maturity on this album, if you’re a first-time listener you’ll eagerly seek out their earlier work.