The Colorado music scene has certainly been busy this year, well at least for this site. I feel like I’ve reviewed a lot of different artists from the scene and today I take a look at another: Denver-based bad Fox Street. They were voted Denver’s “Best Traditional Rock Band” at the 2013 Westword Music Showcase and have played at several venues across Colorado. Now while they received an award for best traditional rock band, I think it’s unfair to put them under this one genre and I think Fox Street would agree. They not only play rock music, but country, soul and blues. It’s a blending of genres in the band’s sound. This is certainly the case with their latest single “Our Garden,” which is off their upcoming album Authentic Western Style (due out July 28).
The song begins with the sound of an acoustic guitar and drums. It’s then accompanied by the faint sound of an organ, which lurks throughout the whole song. I know I mention the harmonica and fiddle being underutilized in country music, but I would also add the organ to the list. Gospel is a big part of country music and more artists need to embrace it for songs, especially slower ballads. So good on Fox Street for incorporating this underused instrument. The steel guitar shows up in the chorus and then later in the bridge a horns section shows up. This song has everything instrumentation-wise and I love it. The song itself is well-written as it’s sung from the perspective of a man who has lost the love of his life and is pleading for her to take him back. He admits he has faults and it isn’t easy being with him sometimes, but he wants her to stay with him right in their garden. The garden represents their life together and he doesn’t want to lose it. The songwriting is solid and cohesive.
This is the first time I’ve listened to Fox Street and I have to say I’m impressed with the artistry on display in “Our Garden.” The instrumentation is varied and brilliantly arranged. It’s perfectly placed throughout the album, so kudos to the producer of this song. The vocals are sultry and soulful, expressing the grief and pain of heartache quite well. The lyrics for the most part are spot on, doing a great job of telling the story of and setting the scene of heartbreak. Fox Street has a nice reputation in the Colorado scene for a reason and “Our Garden” is proof of it.