Ranging from shameless pop to wobbly blues, the collection offers a cross-section of songs tied together by players who wanted, simply, to make music that they would want to listen to. Groove out, belt out, chill out. The hooks are there to do with as you please, so feel free to sing along.
The Wayside Shakeup has found a recipe on their new album Optimistic that allows them to showcase their original music in a way that sounds familiar. As a self-professed mixed bag of sounds, their electicism makes each song sound like a different band might be playing, but in a way that feels comforting and undeniably American.
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Created during a late night jam session, Private Party is a funked-out, shout-about,
call-and-response crowd-pleaser with enough drive to get ANY party started.
"Stay Up" finds The Wayside Shakeup diving into soulful balladry in the tradition of the Allman Brothers or CCR at their road-weary best.