CD Review: Mark & Deb Bond Release New CD Titled "One Less Glass,"

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CHARLESTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Mark and Deb Bond have been making music together for a long time… a couple of decades… and if you’ve followed this fan’s Standing Room Only website and perhaps my previous local music-writing, you are already familiar with “the uncommon duo,” as we like to call them. Today, I am happy to report that the Bond’s have a new CD available, their first release of original material since Between Stop & Go in 2011, titled One Less Glass.”


Review by Joe Milliken

The recording process began in January of 2016, (“what else are musicians to do in the middle of a New England winter,” Mark Bond told me in an interview in May) recorded in the Bond’s home recording studio, Hidden Valley Studio, as well as a vacation house on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire. Recorded and produced via Protools, the CD was mastered by engineer, Drew Thomas, at Sage Audio in Nashville, Tennessee.

The CD features nine original tracks, all written, recorded and produced by Mark and Deb. Special guest and long-time friend, local drummer, Andrew Hanscom, also played on eight of the nine tracks. The results are electric! Rich and diverse songs, entrenched in the rock-and-blues roots of influences such as Led Zeppelin, Gov’t Mule and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band.

The opening “Haze,” with guitar-feedback intro, a heavy, blues-rock vocal and deep keyboard fills, is the perfect mood-setter for what is to come. “In The End” sets a groovy pace, while “Vagabond” creates a slide guitar, back-porch romp that will surely get your foot a stompin' right along. Following that up is “Free,” a bluesy, heart-felt number featuring a soulful lead vocal from Mark and more great slide guitar work.

“The Sky Is Falling” showcase Deb’s tasty keyboard stylings and another heavy vocal from Mark, before the upbeat “Chains” picks up the pace, going off into a Steely Dan-meets-Robert Cray vibe. “Got It Right” is a slinky rocker featuring Mark and Deb on co-lead vocals, and Mark’s guitar solo is simply a burner!

“To The Moon” is a funky rocker, with another smoldering guitar solo, before the closing “Hold On,” brings it all back home with an encouraging message of hope, encouragement and positive thinking... oh yeah, and another smokin’ guitar solo from Mark to close things out!

My friends or not, this is one of the coolest local CDs I’ve heard in a while... in fact, it’s one of the coolest local CDs I’ve heard period. Wonderfully crafted songs, cool CD packaging, and chock full of cool lyrics, One Less Glass creates a classic, rock-and-blues vibe that just makes you smile from beginning to end, I highly recommend this most excellent collection of songs!

One Less Glass will be available at all upcoming Bond shows, as well as being available for download at Markdebbondonelessglass.hearnow.com. You can also purchase the CD at CD BABY, iTunes and their website. Visit Mark and Deb at www.markdebbond.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Deb-Bond.