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At the Hands of the Robber Barons #nowplaying

The Great American Robber BaronsI think I’ve said this before with other music and it’s a reflection on me and my life more than it is the music. However, the song “At the Hands of the Robber Barons” (which you can listen to now because it is embedded above the post title) reminds me of a track you would have, should have heard in one of the old Scooby Doo episodes from the 70s. I really can’t explain why I feel this way, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I love Scooby Doo and so do my kiddos. Sadly the new episodes are nowhere near as good as the oold ones, maybe that is because they’re not using music from The Great American Robber Barons.

It’s not insulting to say their music would rock out on Scooby Doo. I mean think about it. Cher had an episode, even The Monkees had a track in one of the chase scenes. There has been some supreme talent cheering on the mystery gang!

True fans of folk rock and guitar jangles will love the compositions. Fans of satire, politics and real-life will enjoy the lyrics. The Great American Robber Barons might not be what I would automatically tune into during my drive to work, but I’m really loving their music WHILE I’m working here in the office.

With Diana Mangano as lead and background vocals and Keith Dion as vocals, acoustic and electric guitar and bass, the duo offers a ton of energy and at times darkly cathartic lyrics. “I’ve been playing in bands for over 30 years,” Keith says pensively. “I’ve played with famous people, had record deals, but it took the death of my parents to start writing lyrics. It feels like some type of transcendental experience that made these songs come out. It’s been a wonderful revelation.”

Their new album “Reno Nevada… and Other Songs of Gambling, Vice and Betrayal” is available online at http://www.305am.com/#!music/c1x9v

Let me know what you think of their music!

Enjoy!