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Drowning On Dry Land

by Bushmaster

Funky Rock/Blues
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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1. Good Life
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2. Drowning On Dry Land
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3. Your Song
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4. Hard Word
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5. Cosmic Funk
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6. Sweet Olivia
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7. Big Back Yard
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8. Chains
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9. Glass House Dweller
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10. Ghetto All Over the World
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11. Song For My Father
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Album Notes
Gary Brown (Guitar/Vocals) is a DC area native (Palmer Park) with 30+ years playing experience. After picking up his first guitar (an old Guild acoustic) at age 14, the 45 year old Brown quickly progressed to electric and after stints with various local bands, most notably The Spoilers, and sitting in around DC area clubs he decided to take the plunge and form his own group in 1992.

Bushmaster - Drowning on Dry Land

Written, Produced, and Performed by Gary D. Brown of the band Bushmaster: featuring Jay Turner and Anthony Setola on Bass; Greg Phillips, El Toro Gamble, and Nick Bertling on drums/percussion; and Henry "Rusty" Morton, Lori Rudolph, Allie and Megan Bannigan, Trudi Brown, Max Muller, and Charlene Brown on guest/backup vocals.

Independently Released on August 25, 2006, Bushmaster's second CD is an inspiring collection of original tunes varying from Blues, Rock, Funk, and Rap. Gary's blazing guitar style is even more riveting (if that's possible) than his captivating live performances, you will be glued to your stereo all the way through the album. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Freddy King, and Funkadelic alike, the music on this CD is sure to please a wide spectrum of music lovers.


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BluesBunny Independent Music Reviews

Stirring stuff, indeed
It is said that life is full of regrets. We would indeed have regretted missing the music of Bushmaster. But for a chance encounter on MySpace, we might never have known about this fearsome slice of electric blues featuring the exceptional guitar talents of a certain Gary Brown.

It is not just standard blues fayre either. The lyrics show political and social awareness relevant to today - take "Hard Word" for example. Not that it is all social commentary however. "Cosmic Funk" is one long mesmeric groove. "Big Back Yard" is a steamroller of a song driven along with bone crushing precision by the drumming of El Toro Gamble. There is a sensitive side on show as well in "Ghetto All over the World". Picking a favourite song from this album was a hard task but we eventually chose "Your Song". A simple song starting with just a click track, it builds beautifully into a lament for lost love. Gary gives his best vocal performance on this track as well.

Ok, so he has a bit of a Hendrix fixation but Gary Brown plays his guitar with real fire in his belly. We suppose it might be considered the ultimate compliment but we wish we could play the guitar just like him. Stirring stuff, indeed. If you will excuse us, we have to put the CD back on, pick up our air guitar and play along once more. Just the kind of music to remind us all that it is a good life!

Michael Molenda (editor for Guitar Player Magazine)

Guitar Player - April 2007, pg 56 - Editor Boy's big eight
Silver Spring, Maryland
"Drowning on Dry Land"
Gary Brown's songwriting and guitar chops are zipped-locked to the Hendrix school, and his lack of a truly individual approach almost tanked his appearance here. Luckily, Brown is massively funky, uncorks truckloads of energy, and the wah solo at 1:28, as well as the maniac outro, totally kick ass. myspace.com/garybrownbushmaster

Susie Mudd, Editor for Music Monthly

It is Blues at it's best
The first release for me is BUSHMASTER, Drowning On Dry Land. It is Blues at it's best .GARY BROWN writes the songs and he's quite good at his craft.I really like the whole album,I have to tell you, as each song tracks,I smile,cause the guy has it going on.I love great blues, and this guy is quite a bluesman. The lyrics blow me away. The first cut "Drowning On Dry land" features some blistering guitar work. That Fender sings sweetly. I don't expect much from the vocal end of things, but you can't help but love the Blues. And BUSHMASTER delivers in every sense of the word.

My favorite cut,though, is "COSMIC FUNK". I just wish there wasn't the talking under the music.The next cut" SONG FOR MY FATHER", floors me. The man knows what he I would like to tell you BUSHMASTER delivers Blues at it's best. I thank him for sharing it with me. My only complaint is that I get the feeling that the sound effects ruin the music. I sure don't like sound effects in my music. It makes me stop listening because I don't appreciate sirens in my music. That is a minor complaint. I like pure blues, not the sound effects. The incomparable JAY TURNER plays Bass at their CD release party at THE RAM'S HEAD TAVERN in Savage, MD. I am having a hard time finding out who else is on the disc liner notes just aren't what they used to be.The bottom line is that if you like the Blues hard and fast, you will love this CD…

Sterling Koch, PA Musician Magazine

May 2007 - If you're looking for a new guitar hero look no further

"Drowning on Dry Land"
Robin Trower, Randy California, Frank Marino, Randy Hansen, Eric Gales, even Stevie Ray Vaughan to an extent, the list of Jimi Hendrix imitators goes on. It would be too easy and an injustice to list Gary Brown of Bushmaster in with those names for while the spirit and the sound of Jimi Hendrix looms large over the "Drowning On Dry Land" CD Gary Brown and Bushmaster have actually taken that sound and updated it and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st century and made it their own. Much like the Band Of Gypsys at the end of Hendrix's career (and just before his untimely demise) Bushmaster funk up their rock sound much like a fitter, trimmer Buddy Miles. They've actually come the closest I've heard to imagining where Hendrix would have gone with his sound had he lived. Despite the many Hendrix references Bushmaster is their own band and it is a very fine band at that. And hats off to engineer Ronni Santmyer for a high quality recording emphasizing the funk and r & b in Bushmaster's brand of rock. While vocally Gary Brown may be "a bit pitchy in spots, Dawg" you're really not here for the vocals anyway but for that guitar. And can Gary Brown play! YEEEAAH! Far beyond paying homage to his hero Gary Brown is a fiery, emotive guitarist who really can light up a recording with his playing. If you're looking for a new guitar hero look no further. Gary Brown is it and Bushmaster is your band. www.bushmasterblues.com – Reviewed by Sterling Koch

Rootstime Magazine - Belgium

March 2007 issue
Gary Brown, gitarist en leider van de Amerikaan bluesrockband Bushmaster, is samen met Eric Gales, van wie ik de nieuwe cd volgende week zal bespreken, de man die de fakkel van Jimi Hendrix kan verder dragen, want zoals ik vorige week al zei, de brievenbus zit dezer dagen overvol met jonge gitaargoden die zich laven aan de bron van Jimi en Stevie. Dit is er ook weer zo ééntje, en niet van de minsten. Een van de minst bekenden misschien wel, want op het internet is er bitter weinig van hem te vinden, geen echte eigen website, buiten grote hoeveelheden foto's van live-optredens,en zijn eigen MySpace, zo goed als geen info! Dan maar verder met hetgeen we vinden op MySpace: 35 jaar, van gekleurde origine, uit Pennsylvania. Dat is het zowat, maar is al die info ook belangrijk? Waar 't om gaat is de muziek, en die bevalt me wel, moderne bluesy gitaarrock met hoog Hendrixgehalte, zoals ik al zei. Reeds vanaf de eerste noten in de intro van opener "Good Life" is de overeenkomst merkbaar, veel fuzz, veel wah-wah, een ook qua stem zijn er veel gelijkenissen. De titelsong "Drowning On Dry Land" heeft iets "Voodo Child" achtigs. "Hard Word" ademt de sfeer van "The Wind Cries Mary". Maar soms gaat het er dan weer heel eigentijds aan toe: "Cosmic Funk" is heel funky met rap fragmenten, stadsgeluiden en natuurlijk weer die allesoverheersende scheurende gitaar. Het tweede buitenbeentje is "Big black Yard" met schratching geluidjes, rap en een huppelende funkbas, al is de stem en intonatie van Gary hier 100 procent Hendrix. Het grote aantal live fotos, lovende reacties op een forum en een aantal filmpjes op "You Tube" en "My Space" doen ons vermoeden dat Bushmaster zeer de moeite waard zijn als liveband. Overtuig Uzelf!

A rough translation from Dutch to English utilizing several free online translation sites is as follows:

Gary Brown, guitarist and leader of the American blues-rock band Bushmaster (together with Eric Gales, whose new CD I will discuss next week), is the man that can further carry the torch of Jimi Hendrix; for as I already said last week, the mailbox has become overflowing with young guitar gods who slake themselves to the source of Jimi and Stevie. However he is not just another clone. And of the slightest well known perhaps, for on the internet there is to be found extremely little of him, no real bio information on his own website, outside large quantities of live-action photographs! Furthermore what we found on MySpace: 35 years old, of colored origin, from Pennsylvania. That is about it, but is all that info really important? Where it goes is the music, and that pleases me well, modern bluesy guitar-rock with high Hendrix content, as I said already. Already from the first notes in the opening song, "Good Life," is the likeness noticeable, many fuzz, many wah-wah, and also the vocals have many resemblances. The title song "Drowning On Dry Land" has some aching of "Voodoo Child". "Hard Word " breathes in " Wind Cries Mary". But sometimes it goes very contemporary: "Cosmic Funk" is wholly funky, with quick fragments of city sounds, and naturally again that overpowering tearing guitar. The second funky groove is "Big Back Yard" it's voiced with scratching sounds, rap and a skipping funk beat, already and intonation of Gary here 100 per cent Hendrix. The large number live photographs, laudatory reactions on a forum and a number of films on "You Tube" and "My Space" do we suspect that Bushmaster worth the trouble as a live band. Convince Yourself!

Jeff Jappe

Really like the music
Just got to listen to the album on my drive home last night and really liked the music. I really like your guitar work and vocals and the mix of music you have on the album. I think you stand out though a a rock/blues guitarist with awesome vocals - the first 2 songs on the album are my favorites but all the songs are great.. I was watching the Palladia channel on TV and saw a music video that I think was you and went on line to find out about your music which is how I came to buy your album. I had never heard of you before and couldn't wait to get an album after hearing the music on that video. That was your video wasn't it? What album is that song on - I want to get it. I am going to order your new album today - can't wait. When are you coming to Southern California to play - we could use some good music.