Homebrew’s third release is a bittersweet one for the band—founding member/bassist/vocalist
Alan Hodde passed during recording of the project—but his solid and inventive bass
tracks are on the final versions of all the songs.
This is definitely Homebrew’s most eclectic record so far: the band offers up more great original blues and blues/rock, but gets more jazzy this time around with a vocal tune (veteran Homebrew singer Mary Ann Scarpino on Cloudy Day) and instrumental songs, even playing two jazz covers.
There are some straight ahead rock tunes sung by the duet of Cassie Muldrow & Bethany Lee and some nice classically-inspired instrumentals. Watch for the keyboard-layered instrumental “Amazon”—Pink Floyd meets Joe Satriani—and the samba-inspired instrumental “Astrud”: featuring flute & bluesy guitars/keyboards. As Alan used to say: “Well, they call us a variety band!”
“Fourth And Long” delivers and takes the listener through a diverse musical landscape.
—Jean LaVeí, MojoHand Records