" Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a song continually running through your head making it very difficult to sleep? It's usually a song that you happened to be fond of, which is the very reason it is in your head in the first place. Well, I'm currently sleep deprived and here to tell you that David Luning's debut album entitled "Just Drop on By", is full of those songs....and that's a really good thing.
Just Drop on By is the best Americana Music album I've heard in 2012. It's full of alluring, enticing and embracing songs that keep you coming back for more, almost like you've become a Luning addict and you absolutely need it. From the driving guitar licks in Whiskey Bottle to the corn spun sing along in My Baby Blues on Wheels, Just Drop on By never disappoints, making you want to become best friends with this album in a hurry. Lyrically, David pens like a musical veteran with splashes of humor, wit and human analysis showing the influence of his heroes John Prine, Hayes Carll and Todd Snider. Dynamically, many of Luning's songs have been created to subliminally influence the listener. Those songs start quietly, maybe acoustically, then slowly build adding instruments until the band is all together in full companionship ringing true with an extended hand that the listener wants to grab a hold of and jump on board. The highlight of the album could be Bed of Roses, a song so good and so familiar sounding it makes you think you've already heard it somewhere before. One can't help but be awash in smiles and sways from start to finish.
In the month that I have been reviewing Just Drop on By, each song has become cemented in my head ringing true and will certainly stand the test of time. Every listen creates more excitement, more passion and more impatience as I can't wait to get to the next song and the next song after that. At his young age, David Luning has created a phenomenal experience, one that the masses shall enjoy, and one that hopefully is the older sibling to even greater entertainment in the future.... if that is even possible."
Johnny Bazzano, host of Your Aveerage Abalone, a roots music program heard the first and third Mondays from 8 to 10 pm on KRCB 91.1 in Santa Rosa, California