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The Apache Relay / Press

“One of “The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009””

“...a refreshing perspective on punk rock mellowed with bluegrass roots. It is an auspicious beginning for a band with such a novel combination of sounds.”

“The Best of What's Next”

“Known for maintaining a highly energetic stage presence during performances, Ford and The Apache Relay typically treat viewers to a head-banging, screaming show with the occasional electric guitar among their variety of songs, which stray from softly melodic pieces to more enthusiastic tunes.”

“The opening track “Sugarcane” makes me party like it’s 1988. A steam loc pulling a rocking musical train, with Michael’s pleasant tenor, slightly reminding me of Brett Dennen”

Evert Wilbrink - Folkwax

“..an up and coming folk gem from the music city.”

“The instrumentation adds a layer of intricacy that sparkles like baguette diamonds, prettiness that adds to the compositions without detracting from the shiny stone at the center of the whole thing.”

“Ford's vocals hover somewhere between those of singer-songwriter Brett Dennen and singer Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon on that band's gentler songs.”

“Ford's yearning vocals have a touch of Ryan Adams' earnestness”

“Ford possesses the same raw, unaffected quality Damien Rice is so famous for. His voice, slightly ragged, occasionally quivering with feeling, exudes a relaxed, laid-back tone that is immediately likable”

“Ya’ll are going to love this band.”

“..an emotive quality that compels the listener to really dig-in and listen closely.”

“1988 whets the appetite. I bet you there’s a lot more to come from this ‘strikingly fresh blend of progressive bluegrass and Americana/folk music'”

Evert Wilbrink - Folkwax

"A fantastic group of songs that are still growing on me with 101st listen. Michael Ford Jr & The Apache Relay have knocked it out of the park!"

Doug Williams (Producer -The Avett Brothers “The Gleam”, “Second Gleam”)