After an extended recording hiatus, Kidd & Leighton are back with a new release of house-rocking blues that picks up where their 1997 EP, Stompin’ The Blues, tantalizingly left off. Mead and Krueger are once again on board as official band members, with Coolidge sitting in on piano for five tracks. Session musicians Doug Gray (electric guitar), Mike McInnis (keyboards) and John Etnier (organ) provide additional instrumentation.
The 10-song release, titled The Blue Room, delivers refined renditions of the five songs from Stompin' the Blues, along with five previously unreleased tracks. It's high octane, heart-pounding fun, driven by dynamic tenor vocals, scorching guitar riffs and some tasty tickling of the ivories.
Beyond Reason isn't afraid to get down and dirty with an eclectic blend of rock, folk and blues. It's a trademark sound perhaps best summed up by Kidd in the CD liner notes--"Holy foot stomping prog blues on a Celtic bun!"
However you phrase it, one thing’s for sure: The Blue Room is a portal to one heck of fun-filled, musical journey that's clearly a labor of love for all involved.
The Blue Room is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com, CD Baby, and ITunes.
The Southern Maine-based blues/rock band Beyond Reason is the musical brainchild of guitarist Greg Kidd and vocalist Steve Leighton. They formed the band in 1992, enlisting the talents of Steve Mead (bass, vocals), Roland Krueger (drums) and Tom Coolidge (keyboards, guitar, flute). The following year, Kidd and Leighton independently released Beyond Reason’s debut album, A World For You, on their Laughing Cat Records label.
Over the next four years, Beyond Reason put out two more releases of original songs on Laughing Cat Records, Beyond Reason and Stompin’ The Blues: Volume 1. Each release further solidified the band’s sound, blending heartfelt ballads and foot stomping roof-raisers. Their dynamic live performances garnered Beyond Reason opening slots for such influential artists as Lowen & Navarro, Savoy Brown, The Holmes Brothers and Sonny Landreth, and Pousette-Dart.
The socially conscious, hard-working family men also found time to lend their support at fundraisers for such organizations as the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, The Peabody House and the Ryan White Foundation.