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“The songs flowed out from within us as though they had been holding their breath inside a smoke filled room, inside a burning house. And finally, the songs broke through us; they learned the feeling of collapsed lungs inflating like balloons and then floated off giving us no time to catch them again.”
These are the words Johnny Beauford uses to describe the process of recording Dog’s Light, the debut album from Dallas quintet Bravo, Max! They reflect not only the group’s artistry, but also carry hints of the deep and constantly evolving personality of the band. Singer and songwriter Beauford (guitar, harmonica, piano) is joined by his cousin Ben Gastright (bass, mandolin, vocals), who takes the raw frameworks of songs produced by Beauford and nurtures them into adolescence and beyond. Filling out the lineup are Ellie Stevens (accordion, clarinet, vocals); Bob Loshelder (guitar, mandolin, bass) and Jonathan Jackson (drums), whose musical support and creative talents lead each song into full adulthood.
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