You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your ReverbNation experience.

The Drunken Hearts / Press

"A Drunken Hearts record could sit comfortably on a shelf beside Colorado jam stalwarts like Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band — but they don’t quite sound like any of them. They might play bluegrass songs, but not in a bluegrass style. They might spin off into a lengthy jam session on stage, but never predictably."

“From the first few notes of the self-titled track "Live For Today," the listener is sucked into the sonic world of Andrew McConathy's musical vision and Tim Carbone's (Railroad Earth) masterful production. Andrew's voice powers through the ambient instrumentation with clear resemblances to Eddie Vedder's sound or the candor of Johnny Cash. The message is clear, "Live For Today," and who could argue with that? Driven by a poetic approach, songs like "Goes To Show," "Make It Out Ahead" and "Don't Go" reflect the On The Road theme. Even more clearly with "Dean Moriarty's Blues," and the chorus "I wonder if I'll ever make it home again," McConathy leans on cultural icon Jack Kerouac... Much like a page turning novel, the songs seduce the mind, causing the listener to play the album straight through. In this time of mediocrity in music and diluted messages/themes, "Live For Today" is a perfect storm of metaphors, well constructed compositions and timeless music.”

““The jammy-meandering of “Dean Moriarty’s Blues” captures the essence of the song’s namesake, Neal Cassady and his historical wild bus rides to a tee… Light of The Eye is an honest reflection of Andrew’s passion, life, and musical aspirations that build a connection between his fans, music lovers, and the sacred Colorado grounds from which his inspirations grow.””

"Combining the best elements of the folk tradition, Texas swing, bluegrass, honky-tonk, guitar boogie shuffle, and genuine country music, this band has both roots and wings – roots to keep it grounded and wings to make it fly. This is blue skies, a long ribbon of asphalt, and riding down the line. It's Spirit, Soul, and Groove."

"The Drunken Hearts are by their own reckoning a deeply Colorado band, and their sound is further evidence that the six-piece band comes from the high country. It’s a rock vibe imbued with country soul. Frontman Andrew McConathy’s voice is like moss blanketing a boulder — soft on top but solid underneath. The band recently added pedal steel player Cody Russell, and Russell’s playing, with its yearning high-lonesome qualities, seems a perfect compliment to The Drunken Hearts’ soul. The band is more heart than drink."