Archive for May 30th, 2011

Fowler And Branca – If Wishes Were Horses Beggars Would Ride

Bob Fowler and Steve Branca‘s music is an eclectic mixture of various genre including Jazz, R&B, Latin, World, and even Country. Listening to their songs one remarks an indisputable affinity to smooth jazz.

Their debut album The Face on Cydonia was released on the Silver Wave Records label in 1991. Etched in Stone followed a year later and then Three Flights Up in 1994. Real Nice Ride was their first independently released CD in 1995. After a long hiatus the music veterans are back with their newest album If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride.

On their new album the duo slightly changed their style to a more up-tempo but really catchy style. Bob Fowler plays basses, guitars, keyboards and drum programming, Steve Branca guitars, mandolin, keyboards and vocals. Guest musicians on some tracks are Kathy Wilson Fowler (vocals), Dean Carrigan (bass, vocals) George Mesterhazy (keyboards, accordion), Marc Adler (flute) and Matt Newsome (vocals).

Some albums are so touching, that one is lucky for the opportunity to listen to the music. If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride is one of those rare magical gems. The title song awakes attention with a mesmerizing mixture of world music, guitar and bass wizardry.

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