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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Music Review

Shayna and the Bulldog


Independent release

Rating: 5

If a band could personify a season, Shayna and the Bulldog would be summer. This four-member Davis band is bluegrass meets rock n’ roll, bringing the kind of energy and catchy lyrics to their songs that make you want to get out and enjoy the sunny weather.

They will be performing this Friday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen at 10 p.m. The bar area is open only to the 21-and-over crowd, but underage visitors can attend the show for free on Balcony B across from the restaurant’s patio.

Their album States has a unique range of sounds from country to blues that makes this a fun listen.

“So Fully” is one of their most upbeat and romantic songs, featuring electric guitar and harmonica that are perfect to rock out to. Songs like “Country Music” and “Broadway & Demonbreun” have a softer sound, with sweet, sad lyrics that reflect on heartache and lost love. “Trinkets” is a whimsical song that opens with the lines “I don’t remember where I bought the shoes that came in that box/Couldn’t tell ya how we made it long enough to fill it up” and muses about possessions and how materials just don’t seem to bring happiness.

My favorite song on this album is “Patricia,” which mixes a catchy chorus with blues inspired electric guitar that never seems to get old.

States is a through and through fun album that is the perfect soundtrack for summer love and romance.

Give these tracks a listen: “So Fully,” “Patricia,” “Trinkets”

For fans of: An Angle

– Julia McCandless


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