Hollywood & Vine - One Way Ticket
2007, Frederick Ryland Fisher, Jr.
Hollywood & Vine is the physical extension Frederick Ryland Fisher, Jr.'s musical muse. It is a high octane power trio that draws on classic rock, 90's power pop and country. One Way Ticket is the band's debut CD, and an ample introduction to the powerhouse entity that is Hollywood and Vine.
The interesting juxtaposition of Fisher's Guitar and vocal styles is intriguing. He can shred with the best of them, but vocally sounds something like Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy. His voice is a little out of place on the more straightforward rockers, but works perfectly with alt-country flavored songs that pepper One Way Ticket. Highlights include So Easy, It's Only Raining, While You've Been Gone, and the demo of Angel.
Hollywood and Vine definitely have something, but some of their material seems to fit them better than others. Frederick Ryland Fisher, Jr. is a guitarist to watch, and I would suspect that over time they will continue to smooth the rough edges. This is a worthwhile listen.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Hollywood & Vine at www.hollywoodnvine.net. You can purchase a copy of One Way Ticket at www.cdbaby.com/hollywoodv.