The sound of DownTown Mystic is vintage yet modern. An industry trade publication put it this way: "DownTown Mysticís music is inspired by Ď60s pop icons, Ď70s rockers, yet itís planted firmly in the here and now".
DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of Sha-La Music President, Robert Allen, then morphed into a group project, combining forces with a stellar cast of musicians (including members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and Paul McCartney & Wings).
DownTown Mystic's new cd, "Standing Still", is the 3rd release from the enigmatic artist. Blending story telling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Poco, The Beatles & Stones, DownTown Mystic's music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock'n'Roll.
On playing Roots/Rock'n'Roll, Robert says, "there's a good deal of Country in the roots of Rock'n'Roll. Going back to Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the Everly Bros. and even the Skiffle craze in Britain that had a big influence on The Beatles, Country was in the 'feel' that was a big part of that music". And it's a big part of what makes "Standing Still" DownTown Mystic's most fully realized album to date. It's a record that Robert has wanted to make for years, completing a cycle that started with DownTown Mystic's previous cds, "Rock'n'Roll 4 The Soul" & "Read The Signs".
"Standing Still" has easily been DownTown Mystic's most successful album to date...from the great reviews and strong radio airplay to charting on the Americana and Euro/Americana Charts...and topping it all off with DownTown Mystic signing a multi album European Licensing Deal with AGR Television Records in Germany!
Robert had always been interested in a group sound for the project and found what he was looking for on "Standing Still", by bringing in Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Ian Hunter) on Drums and Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter/Smithereens) on Bass. Robert also got to work with one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock'n'Roll--Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of the E Street Band.
The genesis of DownTown Mystic had its beginnings as an experiment when Robert was working in the studio with one of his artists, The Discontent. Robert became intrigued with the idea of playing his more classic rock sounding songs with modern rock musicians. So he recorded some tracks with the band and liked the results from the sessions. He would continue to work on the tracks in his spare time, and included some of his other artists.
Robert thought some of the tracks came out so good that he decided to test out a song to see what the reaction, if any, would be. He found out in a rather dramatic way when he got a call with the news that veteran tastemaker Jed The Fish played his track off of an Industry compilation cd as his "Catch of The Day" on "World Famous" KROQ in LA, one of the most influential modern rock stations. This would lead to some national airplay.
When the "Mayor of The Sunset Strip", legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, played another track, Robert knew it was time to go back into the studio and finish recording enough tracks for a full-length album. This led to radio airplay at commercial & non commercial AAA, as well as at College & Internet Radio.
AGR Television Records Releases DownTown Mystic CD in Europe...
"one of the best albums of the year"...John Shelton Ivany
"a surprisingly addictive and enjoyable set"...Get Ready
To Rock.com UK "a big hit, with 14 exceptionally strong tracks"...
"one of the best albums of the year"...John Shelton Ivany US
"a surprisingly addictive and enjoyable set"...Get Ready To Rock.com UK
"a big hit, with 14 exceptionally strong tracks"...Country Music News Germany
"DownTown Mystic is really remarkable for its sound, a unique combination of R&R, Blues & Country. But a sound is not enough to give a band a reputation. DownTown Mystic has got a good spirit and a good energy . Vocally and instrumentally, DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant producton and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music. Listen to this band and you'll hear a band with a real musical personality; a band that plays with honesty, simplicity, efficiency." Mike Penard "The DJ" / "American Roots Music" on RadioISA
"Downtown Mystic is a powerful rock band that has the sounds of good old rock and roll. With a hint of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band plus many other great rockers, Downtown Mystic is an uptown band for those who love to rock..." Jeffrey Rubin/BananaPeelRadio
"Down Town Mystic creates real and important soul music. This music is not to be missed and should be a 'must listen' for anyone who loves roots and soul music." Chris Keaton, Keaton Music Ventures
"One of the best albums of the year"...John Shelton Ivany
"If I were in a dive bar somewhere in Texas, surrounded by guys in dirty cowboy boots having a cold beer after a hard day's work on the ranch, Standing Still is exactly what I would expect to be coming out of the jukebox. A country-rock sound, simple, honest and timeless is what Downtown Mystic brings on Standing Still. Backdoor, the very 1st track, is a humorous story with a great guitar lick and is a true reminder of what "country-rock" really is. It makes me wish there was more of this kind of music on the radio and less of the cheesy country-pop music that seems to have taken over the airwaves. What happened to the classic sounds of bands like CCR, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and others? If, like me, you miss good ol' Americana music and find yourself weary of the same stale tracks on your local Classic Rock radio station, get Standing Still. It'll be a refreshing change of pace and a CD you'll listen to again and again. I've been playing it at the office and everyone has a bit more pep in their step and a smile on their face. Thanks Downtown Mystic!" - Delilah Bernstein, Flagship Merchant Services
DownTown Mystic has been featured on Industry compilation cds for Triple A Radio with Steely Dan, John Hiatt, Ray Davies, John Mellencamp, Ryan Adams, Jackie Greene, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, John Mayer, Black Crowes, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, Fountains of Wayne, Gnarls Barkley, Marc Cohn, Carole King, Judy Collins, Back Door Slam, Cary Brothers, Mark Ronson w/Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Bare Naked Ladies, Five For Fighting, Shelby Lynne, Bjork, Jonatha Brooke, Keb' Mo', among others...
"DownTown Mystic are able to create an album that will be much more timeless than any of the major label efforts released at the same time"...
DownTown Mystic has also been featured on Music Industry compilation cds for Alternative Rock Radio with such artists as: Matchbox 20, The Wallflowers, Santana, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Everclear, Vertical Horizon, Beck, David Gray, Pete Yorn, System Of A Down, Korn, A Perfect Circle, Lifehouse, Patti Smith, Dandy Warhols, Blur, Travis, Fiona Apple, Eels, Supergrass, to name a few.
ďWith harmonies reminiscent of Poco and early Eagles, itís hard not to sing along with DownTown MysticĒÖ
"unpretentious spirited music with personality and an endless flow of energy that is simply irresistible"...
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