Evinrudes

The Evinrudes

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The Evinrudes' self-titled major-label debut brought Nashville's indie rock scene to the surface when the single "Drive Me Home" hit the airwaves in the Music City. Like fellow Nashville residents Fleming and John, the Evinrudes combine a do-it-all virtuoso, Brian Reed, with the distinctive vocal prowess of Sherry Cothran. In addition to "Drive Me Home," "Have Some Rain" and "Jimmy's on Crack (And I Don't Care)" showcase the band's ability to create melodic pop songs. The vocals and guitars are the centerpieces of the record, but if one digs a little deeper, string and horn arrangements give the album a deeper sense of layering. The use of the Wurlitzer on the Otis Redding tribute song "Otis" creates a mood that allows Cothran's dreamy vocals to encapsulate the listener into her web of sincerity. The Evinrudes have managed to stay true to their indie rock roots, while including pop sensibility to create a successful major-label debut.

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