Anthony Neff | Generation X-istential Blues

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Generation X-istential Blues

by Anthony Neff

Americana rock with touches of country and folk; strong melodies, warm vocals and intelligent lyrics that stick with you long after the first listen.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Generation X-istential Blues
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2. Porchlight
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3. Excuses for a Friend
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4. Blues I Shall Keep
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5. Don't Wanna Cry No More
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6. Enemy
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7. Love to Burn
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8. Oh My My
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9. Fake Love
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10. Buckskin Stallion Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Listeners have hailed Anthony Neff as "a songwriter's songwriter". Originally from West Virginia (born in the same small town where Hank Williams was pronounced dead), Anthony has been based out of the Raleigh, NC area for the last several years. With the release of his debut CD, "Generation X-istential Blues", music fans around the country and overseas are being introduced to his catchy brand of Americana-based rock.

"Generation X-istential Blues," released in October 2002 on Porch Glow Records, has been praised as a "solid collection of songs" that is very "friendly to the ears" (Rick Cornell, Independent Weekly). With songs that have been described as "half Band and half Little Feat," the CD has been praised for the diversity of its arrangements. Mike Plumbley of Ragamuffin Radio raves that it

"Begins with lots of promise and never lets up...Gritty, gutsy rocking with smooth vocals and infectious backbeats...I love the twists and turns of tempo and style on this album...oughtta be a classic."

Produced by Kenny Roby (6 String Drag) and Rob Farris (Big Bang Theory, the Backsliders), the CD features several veterans of the NC Triangle area music scene. In addition to contributions from Roby and Farris, members of 6 String Drag, the Countdown Quartet, and the Backsliders participated in the recording. The result is a CD that goes back and forth between several musical styles - Americana, folk, country rock, pop and the blues - all the while maintaining a sense of consistency with a solid framework of strong lyrics and melodies.

Anthony is a self-professed "music geek," with a long list of favorite artists - from songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, to bands like the Kinks, the Beatles, and the Clash. A quick glance at his album and CD collection will find multiple selections from artists as diverse as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Ray Charles to Bob Marley, Black Sabbath, Charlie Rich and Pearl Jam. As a result, Anthony's songs tend to cross the lines between various musical genres.

Often performing as a solo acoustic act in bars and coffee shops, listeners are treated to the "stripped down" versions of Anthony's songs. It's those songs (the thought-invoking lyrics and hook-filled melodies) that are at the heart of the beauty of "Generation X-istential Blues".


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South of Mainstream

Catchy, clever, warm and cozy
I have to be in the right mood to enjoy a largely blues album. When it's a mixture of country and blues, the mood can be even more elusive. But when I popped Anthony Neff's offering into my CD player and settled in for a listen with my cup of coffee, I was almost immediately drawn in.

Maybe it was the catchy and clever lyrics on the opening title track...smart and funny, which brought a smile to my lips, and if I'd been standing would have put a bounce in my step. Or maybe it was the second track, "Porchlight", a somber ballad that has an almost vague beauty, sneaking up on tip toes to surprise you with the strong impression it makes.

The production quality is quite nice, professional, but it imparts a warmth and coziness that perfectly suits the songs. It's especially nice on the ballads. You feel like Anthony's singing the song just for you.

Anthony's got a nice voice, perfectly suited to both the soft ballads and rollicking country blues ditties he's chosen for his ten song release. It tumbles along nicely on the up tempo "Excuses For A Friend" and floats on the more temperate "Love To Burn" and the gently pretty "Fake Love".

One of the nicer, and they're all pretty nice, aspects of the album is the genuine and often clever choice of lyrics. They're more noticeable on the less blues heavy tracks, where the music takes a leading role, but they shine throughout, for the most part.

Add some nice horn to the guitar, bass and drums and you get a memorable sound on "Don't Wanna Cry No More". "Enemy" is a rocker, with nice vocals and tempo. And you can't help but smile at the silly simplicity of "Oh My My".

This isn't a disc I'll listen to all the time, but it is one I'll recommend to friends who like blues and blues country. And I'm sure I'll pluck it from my ever expanding collection from time to time to listen to my favorites, especially the gorgeous closer, "Buckskin Stallion Blues", a gentle blues ballad with sad, somber vocals.

Favorite Tracks:
#1 | Generation X-istential Blues
#3 | Excuses For A Friend
#7 | Love To Burn
#10 | Buckskin Stallion Blues

Reviewed by compgeekgirl

CarolinaMusicnet

This CD is so much fun. Great work
This CD is so much fun. Lots of anti-corporate sentiment for you fans of "Office Space" and those who have been downsized (like me!). Anthony's voice is powerful and emotive and when added to his skills as a guitarist, he comes off as a seasoned performer with a great shot at being successful. Some might call his style "alt-country" and they would be correct but I feel like it's much more than that. Anthony evokes stark imagery with his lyrical content and the listener cannot help but be drawn in.
Great work Anthony.

Rikks Revues

A great effort
Anthony Neff seems to have all the pieces fitting together here. The songwriting is solid, the production is slick, and the vocals are smooth at times, at other times a bit rough. The songs on Neff's CD flow with a great simplicity which makes this a CD well worth the effort. The style here has been attempted before, but not always to the highest of standards. This CD does come complete with some surprises. "Oh My My" is one of the great surprises, it could have as easily been recorded by John Prine as Neff. Anthony pulls it off, keeping the music and vocals basic which this song deserves.

This project takes us on a trek through the world of "Americana" music and all it engulfs. From roots blues to country-rock and folk . The songs are well crafted, even if the style has been heard before, Neff brings a natural ease to a collection of songs that deserve attention. "Fake Love" is a wonderful folk "story" that sends you on a journey of lost love and lost hope as a couple have been drifting apart.

Neff even pays homage to one of the great songwriters of the modern age. "Buckskin Stallion Blues", a Townes Van Zandt classic was treated here with great class and style. Anthony Neff is a songwriter himself that deserves recognition, as he can hold his own with any songwriter today, and even with some of the greats of the past. He weaves his thoughts and emotions in a way that forces you to turn it up a bit louder and escape in the lyrics. A great effort, and makes me wonder what is coming next from Neff.