Genre: R&B, Americana, Folk, Rock

Sounds like: Jimmy Buffet, John Prine, Dr. John

The Good Fun vibe, good writing playing 

The Bad A bit short, don't care for cover tunes

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 4 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Philadelphia's own Saint Mad, entitled Waiting to Start.


The band Standard 4 piece line-up which includes Harris on guitar & vocals, Jim Harris (guitar, vocals) Martha Michael (Trumpet, Harmonica) Molly Mahoney (Keyboard) Lynda Chen (Euphonium, & Daoud Shaw (guest percussionist). I would say the band possesses above average to advanced playing abilities You will find many amazing vocal harmonies along the way. Timing is spot on within the genera.  Harris can hold his own on the guitar & vocals, but more importantly he just let's it all hang out - holding nothing back. Vocals from Harris are executed perfectly, & in many ways the strongpoint part of the production. The music possesses a classic Jazz, Bluesy, Rockabilly, Folk-ish type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch to. Definitely classic Americana feel that that is timeless & very emotional Music will remind you of classic Jimmy Buffet, with a touch of Dr. John, & Joe Cocker. The songs Simply put - all songs are incredible. Thereís nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around Ė & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very upbeat, positive, with amazing vibe. I get the impression these folks are having alot of fun with it - & it shows. The production is professional grade from start to finish. There's not many songs you can listen to time & time again. Has a timeless feel to it. which is not an easy thing to achieve.  Overall this CD is very marketable, upbeat & sucks you in right away. The good Honorable mentions go out to the amazing "good vibe" you get. Like a drug this CD pulls you in & when it's over you want to do it all over again. The CD brightened my day & told me to lighten up a little & have a drink. For the record this CD will not go in the stack of other CDís Iíve reviewed, instead itís going in my truck. Folks out there who enjoy all the above mentioned bands will fall head over heals over Saint Mad. All flower children are welcome. The bad CD is a bit short. Don't really care for the cover songs. I wish Saint Mad would have just put 3 or 4 more songs on this CD. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Waiting to Start by Saint Mad has everything: good playing, fancy picking, fun songs, amazing harmonies,  & music that covers all the bases Ė Jazz, Folk, Rag Time, R&B, Americana & even Rock. The Bottom Line WARNING - If you listen to this CD Ė you run the risk of not leaving the party on time, & realizing how fun life can truly be.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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