FINAL TRS coverThis low-voltage, high energy, coolly warm collection of stellar acoustic-based songs comes from the co-author of the timeless classic, “Summer In The City”.  For those not familiar, Mark Sebastian is the younger brother of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian; Mark is a wonderfully gifted songwriter who has brought this 9 song cycle to life in a highly visual/cinematic fashion.  His lyrics (or choices of covers) fit a theme; the songs are threaded together seamlessly and flow.  The musicianship is masterful; the production is clean; arrangements are lush and Mr. Sebastian’s voice fits these songs perfectly.

The album’s title track is a beautiful and bright piece about longing and memory; “Wild About My Lovin'” is a rootsy number, propelled along by brother John’s harmonica; “A Time For Lovers” is the album’s centerpiece – a narrative that unfolds like a movie script. “A Fork In The Road” is a sweet take on an old Miracles tune and “All Of Her” is a perfect closing number – a fully realized track colored in by a very subtle Hammond organ.

Nine songs may not be a lot but this album is one to sink your teeth into and savor.  Mark Sebastian has delivered the real deal with The Real Story.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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