By: Henry Sylverain
It’s not often that you get to witness moments in time that will transcend the music and entertainment industries forever. We often romanticize the idea of jumping into a time machine and being present at the time landmark events took place. This is one of those events. The arrival of “Bear and a Banjo” as a real but not so real musical ensemble, has made it their business to usher forward a new era of Music, Podcast, and storytelling combined.
The unlikely duo of Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and “Jingle Jared” Gutstadt bring together musical mastery that inspired a star-studded Podcast named after the group. Executive produced, and narrated by Dennis Quaid, with guest appearances from Zac Brown, Rosanna Arquette, Timbaland, and lyrics to the song “Gone but Not Forgotten”, penned by the legendary Bob Dylan. Americana music is innovating, and changing the course of history, like the fictional “Mr. Bear” and “Banjo” have done in the Podcast series.
Here is our review of the soundtrack.
“Can You Hear Me Now” – This track feels like a song a gunslinger labeled the underdog walks into a battle with. Sure, of victory! Poo Bear’s vocals force you to not only listen but advocate for his message.
“Behind the Preposition” – “Alligator Timberlands!” This cut pushes the listener into a high-speed chase fueled by the will to go after any and everything you want in life.
“Me and my Banjo” – The pace of the soundtrack slows here but doesn’t disappoint. It is a soulful profession of love towards an instrument. Whatever your chosen instrument or skill, this will make you appreciate it in times you fell that the world has turned its back.
“No Way (That’s Not America)” – This song is necessary. It speaks to the divide that has been so prevalent as of recent. Patriotic in its observant lyrics.
“Born This Way” –Great song that speaks to someone’s inner battle. The long interlude sets a slow train ride to let the mind wander freely.
“Lying’s the New Truth” – The soundtrack picks back up with a deep and dark upright bass that leads into an All-American jam session of electric guitars and a drum. This cut of the album goes great with a half glass of whiskey on ice. Great Vibe.
“We Ain’t Going Nowhere” –The perfect song for those supporting folks that many have deemed a lost cause or abandoned ship on. This is a steady battle cry to hold the line.
“Gone but Not Forgotten” – If the walls could sing after witnessing your heartbreaking moments, especially over a significant other, it would sound like this.
Overall, this album will definitely be a reference point for many musicians striving to create an authentic sound with an even more authentic strategy for breaking new music through Podcast form. It is worth a listen.