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LO'S Album Pick of the Year - "Journey of a Thousand Miles" by Brian James & The Great Unknown

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast Brian James and The Great Unknown is a Seattle based Soul and R&B band that formed in the summer of 2018 by singer / songwriter Brian James.

Their debut album "Journey of a Thousand Miles" is a unique blend of sounds that are influenced by Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B as well as good old AM Radio tunes from the 70's and beyond. So many influences can be heard in this fantastic album; Bill Withers, Al Green, Tower of Power, Bruce Hornsby, Chicago, Gerry Rafferty, John Mayer to name a few.

From the moment I heard this album, I was taken aback. The level of musicianship from a band made up of 4 members whose ages range from 26 to 50, is phenomenal.

The band members are:
Brian James singer / songwriter / vocals / guitars
Jim Barnes: keys / bass
Tyler Rogers: sax
Cyrus Zerbe: drums

Recording and producing were done by Bill Simpkins at Alpenglow Sound Studios. Bill has done an excellent job on this production. Not overdone. Just right.

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