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hERE aND nOW

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My Friend The Sun
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Santa Monica
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Here and Now
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Early in the Morning
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Widescreen World
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Broken Record
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Ukulele
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Begin Again
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Bird on the Wing
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Some of the Parts
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Song for Johnny Cash
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Long Time Coming
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To Be Loved
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Tape Op Blues
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 53:02

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welcome back

BKHorse

These two play and sing so well together you have to wonder why it took them so long to renew their recording acquaintance. Thankfully they did.

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Great...

donato

There are many great songs on this release like My Friend The Sun, Santa Monica, Early In The Morning, Some Of The Parts, and Tape Op Blues. There is a mixture of styles on the album like the laid back good feeling In The Morning and there are some up tempo songs like Some Of The Parts. There is a calming acoustical effect as well as some upbeat songs with a Country flair. These styles get paired up with some thoughtful and sometimes whimsical lyrics which make listening to the CD very enjoyable.

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Classic Sound by Old Pros

wcmcr

Always great to hear these two pros doing what they do best - another beautiful and heartfelt effort.

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Still Sounds Great!

Selectorsoulshot

Classic power-pop stalwarts return with a nice touch of twang and acoustic flourishes to a stellar set of songs that will embellish the db's/Stamey canon.

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Classic Ameri-Pop

rastamon

This is the latest slab of beautiful heartfelt songwriting from the duo who headed up the much-loved dB's many years ago. It's a gem and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys intelligent pop music. Take track 8 for a spin and tell me anyone writes better than these guys!

They Say All Music Guide

In 1991, when former dB’s bandmates Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey ambled into the studio to record the collaborative album Mavericks, they cut a largely acoustic and low-key set of songs which seemed to reflect their status as thirty-somethings beginning to look past the rough-and-tumble side of the energetic pop that was their trademark. Eighteen years later, both Holsapple and Stamey are eligible to join AARP, and their second album as a duo, Here and Now, clearly reflects the maturity that making itself felt on Mavericks. At the same time, in many respects it’s a more upbeat and optimistic album than Mavericks, and it’s every bit as pleasurable. Opening an album with a Family cover is a sure way to show your age, but in Holsapple and Stamey’s hands “My Friend the Sun” is an anthem of cautious optimism and new beginnings, and while the album passes through a variety of moods, even the most downbeat numbers speak of the need to pick up and move on to better days ( “Begin Again”), and the coffee-fueled “Early in the Morning”, the slyly romantic “Broken Record,” and the atmospheric “Santa Monica” (the basic track taken from a dB’s rehearsal recording) all speak of love on a grown-up level, with all the attendant joys and responsibilities. Both Holsapple and Stamey are in fine form as both vocalists and songwriters, and these 14 songs are a lovely reminder of how well they work together (and their harmonies are still splendid). “Widescreen World” is snappy enough to have found a place on Repercussion and “Tape Op Blues” is a funny bit of nostalgia for the dB’s and their brief moment of almost-stardom, and though the more measured tone of “Song for Johnny Cash” and “Long Time Coming” are more indicative of Here and Now’s tone, the album’s warmth, emotional honesty, and abundant smarts make it as much of a joy as its early-’90s counterpart. Here and Now is good enough that you can’t help but wish Holsapple and Stamey cut another album before they start getting their Social Security checks. – Mark Deming

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