Friday, December 26, 2008

The Art of Conversation

There are talented people across the world who deserve a shot at the big time. Every so often you stumble across a local band, an unknown author, or a painter with real talent. These are the unsung heroes of art, the people who do it for love, but who have true talent and style. These are the people who could make it if only the right person was in the audience.

There is a band out of Orange County that deserves attention. Acoustic Conversation is the best band you’ve never heard of. A local, bluesy-rock quartet of extremely talented guys, AC’s first album “Still Life in Motion” released in 2001, was a solid piece of music from start to finish, not a clunker in the bunch. When was the last time you could say that about a CD from anybody? Song number nine, “Not Gonna Worry” is my current favorite.

I first caught their set a few years ago at Java Joe’s in Yorba Linda, where about a dozen people roared their approval of the high-energy vocals of Gary Medeiros, front man for the group, and the guitar riffs of Ed Means, co-founder and lead guitarist. These days whenever Acoustic Conversation plays, the little coffee shop is standing room only. Get there early if you want a seat.

Just before Christmas, they released their sophomore effort. Their second CD entitled “On The Road We’re On”, and when I slipped it into my CD player, it was like visiting an old friend. If anything these guys have gotten even better. One track in particular stands out for me. 'Mara’ was inspired by a recent trip to Africa, and has a beauty and grace rivaled only by the land itself.

Do yourself a favor and check out a show. Buy the CD’s and support some local guys who deserve a shot at the BIGS. Their website is

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