For twelve years now Rare Blend have been creating and demonstrating their fine musical tastes for people to get funky with. They seem to mainly be a Jam band and for some reason that doesn't do anything for me. I get bored with no vocals (usually)don't get me wrong there are vocals on some songs. I'm just more of a poetic type person and love to hear others feelings since my on are so dramatic at times. Rare Blend reminds me of something one of my neighbors would love, him and his fiancée would be in the crowd droppin E or A and going along for the long ride home. Rare Blend are home based in Cleveland Ohio. "Stops Along The Way" metaphorically took the band on a groovy journey and the listeners as well can enjoy the incredible instrumental arrangements, some eclectically seem to blend together. The song "Wuhan Incident" the cymbals actually makes it sound as if a train is getting started on it's way to some remote destination where the alcohol will run a plenty. Many music genres are mixed and covered thru out this cd and travel from one to the next. "Miles To Go" song like a hippie story with an 80's type of synthesizer like piano bursts with little puffs of the flute to tickle your ears pink. The whole stay true to yourself message will go along way among the fans of this band...it's an interesting tale to hear. This band has played many festivals, outdoor concerts and receive ample airplay on local stations. "Mystic Jam" was by far my favorite tune with it's tight thumping bass beginning dejavu type middle where sounds had me thinking that someone was sprinkling pixie dust. It's a must buy for all the instrumental jam band lovers out there.
Reviewed by: Kristin Theckston / Backstagepass.com