Skipper M. Drost
When Skipper M. Drost left law school he went into music and hasn’t stopped since, because his passion keeps him at it enough to have released two CD’s which have allowed him to get out both sides of his style, country with a rock edge, but also a comedy twist that isn’t anything hardcore, just his lighter side shining through. Sometimes he’s on the adult side about it but never mean-spirited. That’s the beauty of his music, but it’s also serious enough to recognize the talent displayed on both his first CD, entitled Along The Bayou, and funnier with more chops displayed on For The Money. This CD brings his music to life.
“Jesus Is Coming” says it all before you know it and Skipper gets the lovely backing vocals to rock it up like a Sunday at the local church. This is undeniably awesome, but at the same time it is mellow by some standards. Not mine, it’s one of the best, if not the best track on the whole CD, and there’s 12-song to choose from to back that statement as well. Not a bad way to open, if you ask anyone, and I’m not even particularly hot on country. But you can get anything out of this you want, and there are other points on it where you can even make easily listening or smooth jazz calls. Soft rock, whatever you want to tag it.
I didn’t even mention gospel yet, so it doesn’t even matter. It’s good and he proves he’s a fine musician and songwriter in one fell swoop. “Tell Bradley I Said Hello” is a melodramatic piece I can take or leave, but your mileage may vary, because it’s certainly not a bad thing, it’s just not my cup of coffee. As where others like “Guess I Am” and “Love Me Back” are completely up my alley. The former having some great leader of the band and pirate factors mentioned, and a sweet harmonica to keep it groovy. The lyrics are great and it’s definitely- another good highlight on the country end with the latter being extra playful.
“Chase The Chicken” sounds like it combines Jim Stafford with Little Feat, and that’s just one way to describe the music Skipper writes. It’s like a mixture of Lenny Bruce and Johnny Cash or something. Only way to really describe it. The songs are world class and so are the musicians on the album. There’s no placing this in the pedestrian box, but it could be engineered better. It’s not the sound mix but it the recording that sounds slightly dull. It could benefit from a brighter sound, but that’s all there is to point out about any technical issues. It takes nothing away from what he’s bringing and should continue to bring.
“For The Money” gives him a chance to explain his position and why he’s a musician and the fact that he gets off on it and wants people to know his name. It deals with a lot about what he “likes” and that is a good thing because it is the most positive lyric on the album. It might even sound cocky in parts, but he’s in it for the fame, not the money and he wants everyone to know it loud and clear. Not too country, not too rock, just hanging around somewhere in the middle, is what the album is about. And that is what you get from one end to the other, with some very funny moments to keep it lovable.