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Harmony Riley

Live in Rockford, IL, April 28th, 2000

Review by Gary Hill

This band is extremely tight. The live sound of Harmony Riley seems quite hard to pigeon hole. At times, one thinks ofartists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews and the Allman Brothers. That doesn't even catch it all, though. Add in a Bob Marley cover, the power trio energy of Cream, some prog quirkiness and a sense of humour and you are very close to the whole picture. The band seems to draw a lot of the Grateful Dead type of crowd. Now a three piece consisting of Bighed and Miles and Daxx Nielsen (sons of Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen), there is not a weak link in this band. Bighed prowls the
stage playing blistering bass riffs while Miles proves that he is quite a guitar slinger (with  an awesome voice thrown in) and Daxx' drumming is stunning. Watch for big things from  this band, and, by all means, see them if you get the chance.

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