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CD Review: John Schrader 

Daylight Crashing
(2009, Bugbird Records)

John David Schrader’s influences are obvious—he’s had an earful of Springsteen, Mellencamp, Clapton, and all manner of classic rock in his years, and a formal musical and media education has earned the top-notch performer five ASCAP awards. But there’s nothing of a poser here. Schrader’s lyrics expound struggles on the street that “beat his ass to the ground,” life-threatening illness, and the anger and loss of a young boy that shaped him into the tenacious survivor he is today. On this third recording, he mingles guitars, drums, keys, and vocals to create a full-band sound; he also wrote, produced, mixed, and recorded the CD himself.

Surprisingly, the record begins with a graceful original instrumental by the Moscow Session Orchestra that breaks into Schrader’s head-punching, multi-layered signature sound, complete with upbeat horns and an intense, bitter rasp telling off the woman who gave him a “Shock” with a few four-letter words. He gets out his ya-yas on “Dirt” and “Ain’t That Man,” spitting out catchy hard-rock grooves that seethe with pissed-off pride. Even the occasional ballad, such as “Better Than Me,” is solidly heartfelt and relate his hell and hope. He’ll play Skytop Steakhouse in Kingston on July 23. www.johnschrader.com.

click to enlarge "Daylight Crashing" by John Schrader.
  • "Daylight Crashing" by John Schrader.

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