The Statesmen

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Relix Magazine
July/August 2012: Issue 241

By Scott Bernstein

After a string of noteworthy solo releases, would singer/songwriter Jonah Smith be able to work well as a team player when paired with three highly regarded musicians? The Statesmens’s impressive self-titled debut album answers the question with a resounding, “yes.”

Consisting of Smith on keys and vocals, Scott Metzger (RANA, Bustle In Your Hedgerow) on guitar; Josh Dion (Josh Dion Band) on drums and vocals and Ben Rubin (David Ryan Harris, Erik Deutsch) on bass, the quartet put together a collection of ten rocking tracks brimming with soul. Smith and Dion provide the bulk of the vocals and their gritty voices give the songs an earthy bent that goes beyond typical rock radio fare. Standout tracks include “Another Brighter Day,” which sounds like a ’70′s Stones outtake sung by Sam & Dave and the guitar-driven romp “Esmeralda”, The Statesmen is a solid introduction to the ensemble’s high-energy, soul/rock hybrid sound.

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released April 1, 2012

The Statesmen
1. Better Than You
2. Love Letter
3. No Hay Color
4. I Don’t Know The Man
5. Turning Outside
6. Another Brighter Day
7. Better Off
8. Home
9. Esmerelda
10. Headlong

Produced by Jonah Smith and The Statesmen
All songs written by Jonah Smith (Voluptuary Music, ASCAP) © 2011 Jonah Smith, all rights reserved
Except, “I Don’t Know The Man” written by Josh Dion, Jonah Smith and Cate Forfia (He Bad Music, ASCAP, Voluptuary Music, ASCAP) © Josh Dion and Jonah Smith, all rights reserved
And “Esmerelda”, written by Josh Dion (He Bad Music, ASCAP,) © Josh Dion, all rights reserved.
www.thestatesmenmusic.com
Jonah Smith – Vocals, Keyboards
Josh Dion – Vocals, Drums
Ben Rubin – Bass
Scott Metzger – Guitar

Bill Fuhs – Executive Producer
Recorded at Grand Street Recording by Tomek Miernowski
Mixed by D. James Goodwin at the Isokon
Mastered by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering
Artwork by Joshua Marc Levy © 2011, all rights reserved
Thank you to Bill Fuhs and Clint Tankersley
Very special thank you to Nestor Rivera, Jr. for inspiration and support
Thank you to everyone that helped make this record a reality including our families, friends and fans

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