#BattleOfTheBands: Mandolin Rain
Halfway through the month of August! Are you ready for another round of Battle of the Bands?
Way back in the late 80s, I had a job working in the office of a beverage bottling company. I started out working days, and then they moved me to second shift because my duties changed. It didn't break my heart, as I didn’t care much for the office staff.
The CEO would park his Volvo on the street. One afternoon, as I was strolling between buildings, I walked past his car and peeked into the windows. There in the center console was a CD of Bruce Hornsby and the Range. I didn’t know how to feel about this pretentious SOB listening to the same music I had been. I do know that my music preferences changed not long after that. I also found myself moving out of state not too long after that as well.
I recently stumbled across a cover of Mandolin Rain, and it took me on a trip down memory lane. I’ve managed to find a decent competitor to match up against this cover, and that is how today’s battle came about.
As a reminder for you seasoned readers and to help out those of you who may be new here
Here is how a battle works:
Step One - Listen to each of the contenders. TRY not to be persuaded by the videos
Step Two - Pick the contender that you prefer the most (not just the one with the name you are familiar with)
Step Three - Comment with your selection. The comment section has been set up so that anyone can leave a comment. I do ask that you please include your name, should you use the anonymous feature.
Step Four - Visit Stephen’s blog to check out his battle and for a list of other bloggers that have battles going on. We each have different battles, so please be sure to visit everyone. I'll provide a link below the videos to Stephen's blog for your convenience.
Now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, let’s get to it!
Contender #1 - Josh Kelley
Kelley has recorded for Hollywood Records, Threshold Records and DNK Records as a pop rock artist, and has had four hit singles on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart. His songs "Amazing" and "Only You" reached the top ten on that chart.
Contender #2 - Endless Summer
Identical twins, Bob and Clint Moffatt, formerly of The Moffatts. In 2018, they began a series of traveling studio videos which they titled Music, Travel, Love and it is their most recent and exciting project. Combining their love for music, travel and their families, Bob and Clint pack up their studio in a few small backpacks, head across the world to find the most beautiful destinations they can reach and film videos of both covers and their own originals.
Now, to repeat myself:
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH AN ARTIST OR A SONG TO KNOW WHICH ONE YOU PREFER. You only need to listen to the videos and choose which one sounds better to you. There are no right or wrong votes, unless you vote for someone not listed as a contender or don’t vote at all.
For those of you who may be interested in joining in our fun - The battles take place twice a month. Once on the 1st, and again on the 15th. Some participants have chosen to participate only once a month - and that’s okay - we’re just happy to have you join us! Your battle can consist of covers of the same song, different songs with the same title, or even a themed type battle. We just want you to join in the fun! Catch the link to Stephen’s blog to join in - all you need to do is drop him a comment on his blog stating you’d like to participate and he’ll add you to the roster of participants.
I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands blog hop as well. We’ve all put a lot of time and effort into putting together these battles and they are a lot of fun. Each blogger has a different battle taking place. You can find a current list of participants on Stephen’s blog (don't forget you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop by simply commenting on his blog that you'd like to join us).
Alright now… Cast your votes for Josh Kelley or Endless Summer!
Voting will end on Wednesday, August 21 with results being posted on Thursday, August 22.
Hey! Before you leave… I want to invite you to join me in #RocktoberMusicFest2019
There’s no commitment - meaning you don’t have to participate each day. Find out more information HERE