Traveling north

Something in Common

Jam bands rarely take flight in the studio. It's an argument as old as the genre. "You gotta see 'em live, man." A tired cliché, yes, but the same might be said about Traveling North. Rubbery funk, solid folk-rock, heavy blues — this Safety Harbor-based four-piece plays it all, often in the same song. The lyrics are earnest and life-affirming, with plenty of nods to big philosophical issues. Lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Bryan Foutch delivers each line with a breathy broodiness. The band is tight, boasting commendable chops, and the disc is superbly produced, with an invitingly warm sound achieved by producer/guitar ace Steve Connelly at his Zen Studios in Pinellas Park. But Traveling North ultimately comes across as stiff on its debut LP. (March 3, The Dunedin Brewery) 2.5 stars

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