Silverbird is the Atlanta, Georgia duo of David Leinweber and Bob McMillan. Career musicians, Leinweber and McMillan play covers that range from easy listening to rock but are most at home playing their own original material. Silverbird plays almost everything but are primarily influenced by the music of the 1960â€™s. Their debut album, Silverbird, was released earlier in 2009. Silverbird slips gently into Boomer Rock mode on their self-titled debut, following in the footsteps of bands like The Band, Crosby Stills & Nash and the like. Thursday Ride bespeaks of a time when cruising was the thing to do. Heart Of A Song sticks with reverie, but this time about the music that inspires us. Musician's Prayer is a bit kitschy but cute. A prayer with a sense of humor, Musician's Prayer will be entertaining for most. Daphne is presented in both studio and live versions, and was written about the character of the same name from the old Dark Shadows TV program. Played by Charlie's Angel Kate Jackson, Daphne is the reason for a bit of inspired story telling here. I, for once, actually preferred the studio version to the live versions. Sweet Delilah is a song I viewed with some skepticism when I saw it on the track list as the subject has been covered as long as songs have been written, but Silverbird surprises with the best songwriting and performance on the CD. A great hook, great melody and unforgettable chorus make this a must-have disc, much less song. The power of music is revealed in Mitch Ryder Revisited, which recounts the ability of the music of our youth to pick us up all throughout our lives. Silverbird closes out with Some Like It Hot, a decent Blues tune with some fiery guitar play. Silverbird is a decent enough debut, with some great moments and a few where things get a little lost. The balance sheet points to good things here, however. The songwriting is nuanced and mature, the musicianship is great, and vocalist David Leinweber has a highly pleasant voice to listen to. Silverbird is definitely a bit more oriented to the Baby Boomer market, but fans of great music of all ages will find something here to like.
November 19, 2009
Silverbird adds yet another great collection of songs to the folk rock genre. Southerners David Leinweber, Bob McMillan, Billy Gewin and George Sandler capture the style in its truest form. With well thought out lyrics and classic rock instrumentation Silverbird's self titled album takes the listener on a journey through the mind of the musicians to a time when folk and rock music ruled the world. Thursday Ride, the opening track, has a classic rock feel similar to the songs of Tom Petty where lyricist David Leinweber takes a trip to the past and illustrates a ride down the highway listening to Rod Stewart reminiscing on good times past. Rain Keeps Falling Down is a ballad similar in sound to Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers describing, poetically, another rainy day and the good feelings of a new day crisp in dew. The Musicians Prayer is a clever take on a kind of folk gospel request of god to bless the band's instruments, friends, family, the guy at the bar and of course musical legends The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Band and the Grateful Dead. Silverbird is an enjoyable listen especially for fans of classic rock and folk music, but with performances from such seasoned musicians as these (and this album does include a couple of stellar live performances from Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA), most could probably find at least a track or two to listen to over and over again. 4 stars out of 5
David Leinweber has been busy in the North Georgia music scene for quite a few years supporting other musicians, teaching, and performing in a variety of incarnations. His most recent effort is a self-titled CD from his band, Silverbird. On Silverbird, Leinweber plays electric and acoustic guitars, piano, and mandolin, while longtime co-conspirator, Bob McMillan plays acoustic guitar and provides backing vocals. Billy Gewin plays bass and organ and sings while George Sandler plays drums. Leinweber wrote all the songs but one and Gewin produced. The first cut, Thursday Ride, is a mellow folk/pop tune looking back fondly and ahead resolutely. Leinweber references several of his influences and the band rocks along nicely. Heart of a Song is one of my favorites from the CD with Leinweber's dirty electric lead. The Musician's Prayer is a country waltz that made me smile. â€œAnd God bless the songs that still fill our heads, From the Beatles and Stones to the Band and The Dead. The songs that you love when your 16 I'm told, Stay with you always and never grow old.â€ Silverbird features two live songs recorded live at Eddie's Attic, the best venue in Atlanta for live acoustic music. The first, Daphne is a gem. Leinweber's deft fingerpicking highlights a well crafted and performed song. The second is Some Like It Hot, a blues from Bob McMillan featuring Leinweber on a very tasty electric lead. Silverbird is a great band to see live, as a full band or as the duo of Leinweber and McMillan, but if you can't hear them in person, then pick up a copy of Silverbird. You'll hear great picking combined with good songwriting. What more could you ask?
February 2, 2010
David Leinweber and Bob Millan perform as The Silverbirds. The Atlanta, Georgia duo blend vocals and guitars providing folk, rock, blues and country served up as a duo. Their album, 'Silverbird', kicks off with a classic rock arrangement supporting a tale of growing up in Detroit. The time is 1970. The big wheels roll, factory work pays the bills and Bob Seger provides the soundtrack. The track is countered with another song about Detroit. The story line reminisces 1982 when the city "was so fine". David Leinweber sings of the stage, taking requests in 'Mitch Ryder Revisited'. There is sadness in the tale as the storyteller turns back the clock with a Mitch Ryder cover to bring in the happy/sad of a memory. The duo blend band and acoustic live and studio tracks on 'Silverbird'. Album closer "Some Like It Hot" duals voice and guitar licks as Bob Millan pushes David Leinweber to shine with some tasty fret work. Country and rock come together as the backdrop for "Musician's Prayer". The story line is a combo of fun and fact. The lyric content pushes the borders of corny but the results take the song more into the territory of guilty pleasure for anyone who has ever sung and played, whether the audience is in a bar room or a basement. The album saves two spots for the track "Daphne", a love letter to the Dark Shadows character played by Kate Jackson. Though both versions capture the heart tug a teenager feels when fiction is portrayed by flesh, the live strips the delivery down to guitar and voice, which allows the purity of the desire to shine.
David Leinweber playing comes from years of experience. He has taught piano and guitar for over twenty-five years. He works as a session player and arranger a well as a member of The Silverbirds.
David Leinweber is an American Folk/Rock singer from Oxford, GA whose music supersedes the 4 walls of the genres in which he proclaims. His vocals resonate your eardrums with brilliantly written songs and lyrics that take you on a journey that only he could pilot. When we heard is his music we instantly knew that we had to showcase his talents to our viewers. David is a prime example of the principles in which TheBuzzinBox.com was built on; artistic integrity, professionalism and grace to name a few...