Genre: Rock, Blues, Hard Rock

Sounds like: Blues Traveler, George Thurogood, Smithereens, Tom Petty.

The Good Full tilt R&B with a jagged edge 

The Bad Clear as mud recording quality

The Ugly You get what you pay for

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 5 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 2 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Dave Ashdown entitled Rock n Roll Vacation.  After year & years going from band to band - Dave's back with a new band & hot new sound straight from New Jersey.


The band Pretty much standard 4 piece rock delivery. CD was produced by Dave's brother Rich. The playing abilities of Dave & his band are rock solid across the board. I would say they possess intermediate playing abilities & above average writing abilities. Timing seems to be spot on within the hard rock R&B grooves. Ashdown's voice & playing work well & match the raw style of music perfectly. The music Loud, raw, but upbeat & positive. Musical textures reminiscent of Smithereens, George Thurogood, old school Steve Miller, & even  Blues Traveler. Anything indie with a touch of hard rock & blues. If you like those kinds of artists you will no doubt get a kick out of this CD. The songs Above average songs. Very simple yet effective, conservative, highly original, raw & powerful. It strikes the prefect balance between blues & rock with just a dash of hard rock. Ashdown is clearly being himself as a songwriter & this is what comes out of the other end. My favorite song on the CD is "Don't know what I want" & the title track The vibe Great vibe. Perfect for late night college parties, or coffeehouse hang outs. Honorable mentions go out to Dave & his band for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. This CD has the personality of a 57 Chevy on steroids. Ashdown is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal The CD refuses to try to hard Ė thatís what makes it so amazing The good Very likeable, marketable record Ė kind of like the artist. Amazing songs, fun to listen to. Will get your adrenalin pumping when cruising the strip in your 5.0. The bad Not the most polished sounding record I've ever heard. Sounds a bit amateurish lacking crystal clear recording quality. I kept maxing out my Treble knob to hear the high end stuff. The ugly When in doubt - hire a pro (Studio & Mixing). This will set your sound up for success. Sometimes you get exactly what you pay for - LOL. 


The verdict Rock n Roll Vacation by Ashdown is a rock solid CD. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production gets itís point across. Again  the most amazing thing about this CD is Ashdown & his band who let it all hang out.

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic






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