Left Foot Down

Left Foot Down

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The music on Left Foot Down's self-titled debut is undeniably upbeat, thinly veiling a range of classic rock influences such as the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Marshall Tucker Band, as well as neo-classic rock influences such as the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, and moe. The band's three primary songwriters (guitarists J.C. Haun and Trey Sansom along with drummer Brack Owens) tap into a fairly standard array of hippie ideologies in their lyrics to songs like "Familiar Face," "Cold," and others. John Montgomery's "Jumpin'," the disc's lone instrumental, features the horn section from Gran Torino. Mostly, the music is highly derivative, if enjoyable. Most puzzling is the title of the disc's sixth track, "Bird Song," which has the title of a completely different song by the Grateful Dead, one of the group's obvious influences.

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