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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HYENA
  • ASIN: B001EOQUJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

The steady rollin' rhythms on Blind Man's Hill, the second release by Baltimore's The Bridge for Hyena Records, cut like a knife through warm butter. One part New Orleans rhythms, one part southern country soul and yet another earthy rock 'n' roll, The Bridge write timeless songs that resonate with Americana themes of locomotives, moonshine, mason jars, ramblin', gamblin' and carnival barkers. Playing upwards of 250 shows a year, including festivals like Gathering Of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, Camp Bisco and Moe Down, The Bridge have built a fanatic audience through a growing grassroots buzz that attracts new fans with every performance. The Bridge's Blind Man's Hill is the kind of finely crafted long-player that will cross the band over to an even wider audience and further establish their reputation as modern successors to artists such as The Grateful Dead, Little Feat and The Radiators.

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Every musician in the band plays perfectly without overplaying.
Nobody important
This is the only album i have heard but i can highly recommend this band to anyone who likes a bit of bluegrass with great guitars and vocals.
J. Meador
The Bridge have been my favorite band since I first saw them during the summer of 2006.
C. Worthington

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nobody important VINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Sometime after college, my taste in music started drifting away from rock. Part of it was that I started getting more into jazz, folk, bluegrass etc, and part of it is that rock started moving away from me. I just can't get into what the college kids are listening to these days. It has been a long time since a new rock band has impressed me this much. After hearing some buzz, I picked up The Bridge's self-titled first album, and I liked it. It had a nice mix of styles ranging from roots-rock to country to funk, and they didn't do the kind of self-indulgent nonsense that plagues some of the lesser jam bands (you know who I mean). I decided to keep an eye on them. However, that didn't prepare me for just how good this album is. Every musician in the band plays perfectly without overplaying. The solos are interesting without being self-indulgent. The feel is loose, but not sloppy. The vocals are appropriately gruff but neither affected nor distracting. Everything just works, and fits together into a perfectly cohesive *album*, the art of which seems to have disappeared long ago.

There is an understandable tendency to compare The Bridge to Little Feat, and there is a connection, but these guys truly have their own sound that is immediately identifiable, but somehow feels familiar. I would say that they sound more like what would happen if Randall Bramblett started incorporating subtle hints of bluegrass and played more upbeat music, or maybe more like a somewhat countrified Black Crowes (think Amorica). Perhaps if the old Col. Bruce Hampton Aquarium Rescue Unit line-up stepped away from the free-jazz, they would have played like this. Maybe they sound like a more aggressive and eclectic Assembly of Dust with a more gruff singer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Worthington on November 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Bridge have been my favorite band since I first saw them during the summer of 2006. This is technically their 4th studio album, although only their second to be released on Hyena Records.

To keep things short - this has easily been my most-played CD since it came out about a month ago. Hardcore Bridge fans will notice the absence of Kenny Liner's famous beatboxing here, but, in my opinion, that's a good thing - it makes the CD feel a bit more "grown up," and I never thought the on-album beatboxing sounded great anyway (live, it's a different story). Those new to The Bridge (I've now purchased 4 copies to give to people!) will draw comparisons to various influences - Little Feat, Van Morrison, The Grateful Dead, and many more - but will find it hard to put this album in any one definitive category. True to their name, The Bridge has managed to fuse funk (Honey Bee), bluegrass (In Dreams), blues (Devil On Me), jazz (everywhere, really), and, of course, good old rock n' roll (Poison Wine). They even show their quieter side with the beautiful "Lasting Hymn," where guitarist and lead vocalist Cris Jacobs shows off his incredible voice and brings the album to a fitting close.

In short, this album rocks. Buy it for yourself - once you are hooked, buy it for your friends. And definitely get out to see The Bridge live at least once (you'll love them, plus have a great story to tell when these guys are HUGE).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TributaryMan on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw The Bridge for the first time in November 2008 and immediately purchased both studio albums (Blind Man's Hill and self-titled). Every track on this album is solid, with excellent vocals and lyrics. I listen through the album track-by-track without feeling the need to skip to the next song.
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I love the vocals, I love the bluesy feel to the music. Great banjo pickin, fantastic mandolin, down home southern rock meets bluegrass kinda feel.

I would not rate this as a country album, it has so much soul. The lyrics are creative as well as the style of playing, they are a unique band which I highly recommend to all musical tastes.

The Band is:

Cris Jacobs - Guitar/Vocals
Kenny Liner - Mandolin/Vocal Percussion
Dave Markowitz - Bass/Vocals
Patrick Rainey - Sax
Mike Gambone - Drums
Mark Brown - Keys

I'm not sure if this band is producing any new material but they put out some excellent material in the last 10 years which all will enjoy. Go for it !

Check out Cris Jacob's new band Songs for Cats and Dogs
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