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Jun 2, 2013

A Chad Mills CD release party in Indianapolis has become something of a strange cross between a major music event and a religious ritual.  There are things you can always count on: Great new music from the man himself (or in this case, his renamed Upright Willies outfit), quality supporting acts, and a sold out crowd.  I was speaking with a local musician in the audience (who shall remain nameless) as Chad played who remarked, "How does he draw like this!?  I've heard his name a lot, but I never see him play around town anywhere.  Who are these people?"  Of course, he said it with a tinge of bitterness, but I also had to ask similar questions.  Granted, I follow Chad through his excellent mailing list (great reading every week, you really should subscribe), but I also see him play solo or with the Willies at LEAST once a month, and while their crowds are always respectable, it's nothing like the spectacle of a CD release party.

Low Down, the debut album from the Upright Willies, is as mentioned in the interview, Chad Mills turned up to 11.  We saw bits and pieces of this on Chad's Make the Door release, which featured 75% of this outfit, but it is a huge departure from Chad's earlier, singer/songwriter releases.  The addition of Grover Parido's "lead cello" and the always moving rhythm section of William Rood and Bob Stewart bring a new energy and enthusiasm to the music that is sure to appeal to fans of country, rockabilly, bluegrass, folk, and even rock.  Definitely one of my picks of 2013, and an essential addition to any local music collection.  Check it out.

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