J.D. BRADSHAW


"The Essence of Existence" (Acacia Entertainment)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With "Essence of Existence," J.D. Bradshaw and company continue where they left off with "Caught in the Act." It's more pure rock'n'roll instrumentals in the vein of Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult and Joe Satriani. And, though it may not be all great, it's at least all good.

"Essence of Existence" begins with "Firecracker," a song that's almost too Satriani-like. It sounds as though it could have come right off of the "Surfing With the Alien" CD. Regardless of this over-familiarity, it's still a great listen. Next up is "Over the Top," a song that has the energy and style of "Diver Down"-era Van Halen. "Patchouli" is a flamenco-style number that gives J.D. the chance to display his impressive range. The CD ends with "Yamaya," a serviceable number that fades in and out of hard and soft but that doesn't really have a lot to offer. Yet, again, still quite listenable.

"Essence of Existence" overall doesn't seem to have the energy or explosive style that "Caught in the Act" did and, indeed, this new CD features no vocal performances at all. Still, J.D. Bradshaw is a talented guitarist and "Essence of Existence" is more evidence of that. I look forward to hearing more from J.D. Bradshaw in the future.

Performing on "Caught in the Act" are J.D. Bradshaw, lead guitars, rhythm guitars, bass, vocals; Dave Bradshaw, drums.

For more information check out: http://www.geocities.com/acacia_entertainment/


"Caught in the Act" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Wow! A killer Rock CD (the "Rock" deserves a capital "R") that doesn't monkey around with any other genres. Man, I love this CD! It's an awesome GUITAR-driven recording (again, the "GUITAR" deserves to be in capitals) that rages right along in a style that reminds the listener of Satriani and (although J.D. doesn't mention him) Sammy Hagar. Soaring leads, heavy, fuzzy rhythm and awesome songwriting and pacing, not to mention strong drums. Although the instrumental tracks are incredible, you can't help but wish for vocals to round out the sound and J.D. delivers there as well, with a voice reminiscent of Fastway's David King and KISS's Ace Frehley. A great find! I'd love to see these guys live!

Performing on "Caught in the Act" are J.D. Bradshaw, lead guitars, rhythm guitars, bass, vocals; Dave Bradshaw, drums.

Contact the band at:
Acacia Entertainment
Box 123
Wachapreague, VA 23480

via e-mail at sixstringfever@yahoo.com 

For more information check out: http://www.geocities.com/acacia_entertainment/


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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