The West End | This Ride Could Be My Last

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This Ride Could Be My Last

by The West End

Compelling, straight-ahead Americana rock built on a foundation of unforgettable stories.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snitch
2:26 album only
2. Happyland
2:55 album only
3. Ticket Anywhere
2:46 album only
4. Hard to Sleep
3:50 album only
5. They Go
2:12 album only
6. All the Way Through to Night
2:55 album only
7. Now That I'm a Man
3:31 album only
8. Father Lou
2:02 album only
9. Feels Like Rain
4:28 album only
10. Never Going Back Again
2:08 album only
11. So Dreadfull a Judgment
3:00 album only
12. Tear My Stillhouse Down
4:00 album only


Album Notes
The West End has influences that cover all the bases. Together they produce straight-ahead Americana rock. "Americana" as in hearkening back to the hard-times roots of the land. "Rock" as in . . . rock.

The band was formed when neighbors Mike Shawn, Monique DeFrees and Brad Rourke got together and they felt a musical kinship. The tension -- and overlap -- between all their influences added up to something new. Friend and neighbor Matthew Taylor fills out the sound and they have built a dedicated following.

Their live shows are marked by an infectious enthusasm for the music combined with respect for the individual songs. Their rapport with the audience keeps people coming back and their love of the music keeps people wanting more.



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Cindy Cotte Griffiths

Keeps Playing Inside My Head
“This Ride Could Be My Last” is a new rock experience. From the first guitar riffs in their original “Snitch” to their rendition of Gillian Welch‘s bluesy “Tear My Still House Down”, The West End proves without a doubt that they can play a diversity of styles with a true rock quality in a special unison of talent.

The West End blasts through this CD leaving you to try to keep up with their unbridled enthusiasm. “They Go” and “Father Lou” are their get up out of your seat songs, foot stomping not tapping. Monique DeFree’s intense drumming and Matthew Taylor’s strong bass are both just right there and steady, pounding out these brand-new favorites. Brad Rourke has a deep tone to his natural story-telling voice that matches his meaningful songs.

Mike Shawn’s “Hard to Sleep” captures the longing of lost love and makes you glad the song’s not just in your head because his piano just pours all over you in the real world. These songs fill you up like that warm feeling after a shot of whiskey, overflowing with their good, solid sound. The West End has absorbed slightly obscure rock influences from the last few decades into a sound that is all their own. This CD knocks seriousness into uncommon rock.

You’ll listen, and then listen again, because this distinctive rock of substance just stays playing inside your head.

Jennifer Dobner

This Could Be My Last
First of all this better not be your last. I absolutely loved the CD. I loved the orginal music with the classic sounds with lots of the variety the CD possessed.

Even though the songs talk about real life which isn't always wonderful you can tell everyone is enjoying singing the stories-songs.

I love songs that tell a story. I thought the writing and the blend of the music was awesome.

I don't know if I can pick a favorite on the CD but I am somewhat partial to the blues so I REALLY loved "Tear My Stll House Down."

Best to all of you and I am looking forward to the next CD.