David Shapireau & West of Next | What Is Your Destiny

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What Is Your Destiny

by David Shapireau & West of Next

A skilled guitar band playing originals inspired by the great regional genres of the United States. Imagine Johnny Cash sprinkling in quasi-bebop elements, other-world surf music, blues mixed with jigs, and much more, laced with ironic, witty commentary.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Color Blind
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2. Honky Tonk Parade
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3. Waiting for Marilyn
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4. Surf Planet (West of Next Theme)
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5. Good Luck
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6. One More to Go
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7. Redbone Suzy
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8. Hourglass of Fate
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9. Six O'clock Jump
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10. What Is Your Destiny
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11. Something to Go On
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12. Easily
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13. Ready for the Blues
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14. Blues for a Leprechaun
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15. Time Clock
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Album Notes
David Shapireau & West of Next is a new band from Sacramento featuring veteran musicians playing compositions by the leader that are inspired by the great American regional genres. The music of America that reflects specific lifestyles throughout the country. Blues, zydeco, Appalachian spooky ballads and bluegrass-country songs of the heart and barn burner reel-like dance music, rock, western swing, honky tonk, R & B,surf music, mambos, jazz, cajun, and so on. Many of the original immigrants were from Scotland and Ireland so Celtic strains are heard in the band as well. West of Next pushes these boundaries while honoring the past,with large helpings of skilled guitar playing featuring the "twin" sounds of Bob Wills, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant and the Allman Brothers Band but done a bit differently. Shapireau's background as a jazz arranger and composer makes the presentation of the songs, whatever the style, a bit different than much popular music. The lyrics are often witty, with much social commentary. Celebrity worship, philosophy, humorous and sad songs of romance, songs that may surprise in the combination of elements. If you like unexpected twists and turns, quirkiness, having to really pay attention to get all that is going on, yet in an accessible non-intellectual way, give this band a listen. You won't hear the cliches so prevalent in the marketplace.
Gabriel Nelson of Cake was the first bass player and made the first CD. He has been replaced by Paul Knutsen.
Steve Randall is likely the most popular guitarist in Sacramento and has given a touch of class to many bands.
Tony Dey on drums played with Linda Ronstadt, Van Morrison, and Michael Bloomfield.
David Shapireau was in the old Norton Buffalo Stampede on Capitol records and has worked as an arranger-producer and/or session player or hired guitar gun for Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan. Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Tower of Power, Don Reno, Tony Rice, Dan Hicks, Mary Ann Price, The Modesto and Camellia Symphonies, et al. He plays mandolin in addition to many styles of guitar.Vocals by all.


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William Benway

What Is Your Destiny?
I haven't heard music so fresh and arranged with such craft in a long time. The compositions, both instrumental and with lyrics, are continually entertaining and surprising. The music is drawn from familiar genres and yet it's difficult to describe in the usual ways. It is humorous at times, witty, self-reflective, and high energy no matter the tempo. The two guitarists play together like a dream and individually sound different,neither depending on the usual cliches. This is a record for musicians, but anyone could enjoy it. The main singer, David Shapireau I presume, is not a conventionally great vocalist but somehow singing his own songs it works and ths harmonies on some cuts help. Bravo, I hope this band survives and makes more recordings. They must be a gas live. I heard through the grapevine that the CD is all live in the studio except for vocals.If this is what they sound like in real time, audiences are in for a treat. William Benway Sausalito, CA