Motel La Grange

Motel La Grange

by The National Reserve


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Existing in one form or another since 2009, Sean Walsh's Americana combo the National Reserve have been kicking around Brooklyn, evolving their strain of rugged, heartfelt rock & roll. In the years following their 2015 EP, Easy Does It, they've set up shop at a handful of local venues, playing a series of residencies to sharpen their live skills and workshop new material in advance of their full-length debut for the Ramseur label. With Motel La Grange, Walsh and his crew strike an easy balance between earthy '70s country-rock, earnest balladry, and rowdy bar band energy. It's the latter of those attributes represented in the raucous opener, "No More," and while they can do high-energy roots rock with plenty of swagger, the National Reserve are at their best on more nuanced cuts that show off Walsh's solid songwriting chops over his whiskey-shredded voice. Highlights like the breezy accordion-adorned "Don't Be Unkind" and the folky harmony-stacked closer, "Roll on Babe," live very comfortably in the worlds of Eagles-style West Coast rock and '60s Laurel Canyon songwriting from which Walsh seems to draw his power. Another standout, "Standing on the Corner," melds the group's hard-won bar band chops with a crafty bit of darkly tuneful rock songcraft from its leader. It's a familiar sound, rooted in past masters and comfortable tropes, but the National Reserve have a strong command of what makes classic American rock so appealing, and they deliver the goods more often than not.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2018
Label: Ramseur Rec.
UPC: 0752830513020
catalogNumber: 778899

Album Credits

Performance Credits

National Reserve   Primary Artist
Roy Williams   Bass
Brian Mitchell   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Brian Geltner   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Brion Snyder   Organ,Piano
Alana Amram   Vocals
Margo Valiante   Vocals
Sean Walsh   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Matthew Stoulil   Bass,Group Member
Jon Ladeau   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mario Maggio   Tenor Saxophone
Stefan Zeniuk   Baritone Saxophone
Ric Becker   Trombone
Mara Kaye   Vocals
Brian Hurd   Harmonica
Jonny Lam   Pedal Steel Guitar
Amanda Khiri   Vocals
Petter Ericson Stakee   Vocals
Steve Okonski   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Kelly Scarr   Vocals
Charlie Kessenich   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Roy Williams   Composer
Derroll Adams   Composer
Duane Lundy   Engineer
Sean Walsh   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Alexis Berthelot   Engineer
Xandy Whitesel   Engineer
John Epperly   Engineer
Richard Salino   Engineer

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