Austin Young and No Difference

Austin Young and No Difference
Blue As Can Be

VizzTone Labels – 2013

By Lady K.
July 2013

When I glanced at the promo that was included with this new CD by a then 17-year-old (way back in 2012) Austin Young, and saw that the final track was entitled “Miss You Moore”, I was surprised and thrilled. Lady K adores Gary Moore, and now loves that Austin Young and NO difference [included a track in tribute to Moore.

About the band - Austin Young and NO difference, are out of Colorado, with Austin (lead vocals, guitar); Tim Young (Austin’s dad, on drums); Noah Mast (bass, guitar, drums); Tom Tapec (keyboard); with co-writing credits to Steven Mast, Jim Adam and the whole band on this all-originals CD.

“Thunderhead” kicks off the CD in decidedly rockin’ blues fashion, with rocking guitar and rocking back-up. A tune about hitting the road, searching for life: “got to choose your own path son; what my mother always said / going way down south, way down to Thunderhead.” The title track, “Blue As Can Be”, was written in tribute to Muddy Waters, displaying – in Austin Young’s words: “our love for heavy electric, dirty blues with an attitude.” Got it!

“Disappearing Railroad Blues” is a slower rock that includes some way-subtle background organ, adding a haunting quality to the tune. The lighter, less intense softer rock of “Springtime Snow” bemoans the difficulties of understanding life and love: “My dreams, they come and go, just like a springtime snow;” while the acoustic “Magdalena” showcases Austin playing steel guitar. It was co-written with his buddy, Jim Adams (who also provides background vocals).

“Not As Strong” comes with instructions on how to listen – turned up very loud (headphones or ear-pods also work – just tune ‘em loud). The song is great, but the instrumental sections provide an epiphany of glorious rocking blues and keyboards. You’re going to want to hear every note of this one (and loudly). The jumping jazzy (yes, jazz) “That’s It (baby I quit)” is so jazzy that Austin included skat at the end of the tune. And he done Ella proud with his skat.

Lady K has two favorite tunes on this album, and “Give Me One Good Reason” is the ‘other one’. Slow blues, with amazing guitar. Slow blues lyrics about being fed up with the way she’s treating him: “I’m putting my foot down baby, quitting you for the very last time / always telling me to leave, then begging me to stay.” “Walking Through” is meant to uplift, and includes gospel singers (for when you’ve got the blues and need a mood-check).

And of course, “Miss You Moore” would be Lady K’s most favorite track. It’s an instrumental, guitar-heavy, rockin’ blues tune that Austin and the band all had a hand in creating. Initially meant to mourn the early death and to celebrate the life of Gary Moore and his blues guitar, the tune is now dedicated to all musicians who have left us recently. It’s a killer of a tune, and Lady K feels sure that Gary Moore (and the many others) play along when they hear it in guitar heaven.

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