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The Outlyers
-Hits & Myths-
By Bob Silvestri

The Outlyers are one of the most solid and consistent bands on the local music scene. Their live shows have always been an exercise in beauty and grace offering gorgeous melodies over heartfelt honest lyrics. Their new release Hits & Myths captures a glimpse of that power over thirteen tracks. The band, Adam Gearing, David Meinzer, Tom Fischer, Cathy Carfagna, Jim Celeste and Bob Chapman receive help here from Jim Whitford, Jim Bohm, Gretchen Schulz and others. “Criminal” kicks off the disc with a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers feel. “Everything But Time” offers a great hook and a heartfelt vocal delivery by Gearing as Carfagna’s organ playing dances around the vocals. “Tumble Down” written by Carfagna is a pop song in the Sheryl Crow vein. Carfagna also lays down some nice vocals on the Tex Mex sounding “Loteria” co-written with Meinzer . As a matter of fact all throughout the disc Carfagna adds immeasurable parts musically and vocally. 
“Persephone’ a tub thumping rocker in The Sun Studio mode features Schulz on vocals. “The Truth” is a tale of unrequited love and features Jim Whitford’s weeping steel guitar playing. Also check out “Kisses” and “Walk Around With You”. The one that really stands out here however is the epic “Scatterplot”. From the opening notes you know this is a memorable song. It has received much deserved airplay locally on 107.7 The Lake.  Its lyrical stand and declaration of purpose are true of us all. For more on Hits & Myths and The Outlyers check out their website www.outlyers.com

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