GO WITH ME – Second Chance: New album now available on Autarkeia Records.
Reviewed by John Lee of INNER VOICE MAGAZINE
Second Chance, is the second offering by Indie crossover band, Go With Me. This eclectic collection of 15 tracks (that’s right, 15!) tells the stories of love and heartache (mostly heartache), life and its struggles, and God’s grace (in the form of second chances).
All the songs are original compositions by songwriter/bassist Bob Idakaar. Idakaar teams up with friend and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Gatewood, vocalist Rich Ortiz, and a talented team of accomplished musicians to record this collection of rock/folk-flavored songs (with touch of reggae) geared for the “seasoned” listener. For those of us who grew up listening to classic rock before they became classics, this album offers listeners their second chance to relive that musical era (minus the negative messages). Produced by Idakaar and Gatewood, this album flashed me back to shades of Neil Young, Eric Clapton and even Bob Marley. .
Ortiz’s lead vocals, a cross between Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, really shine in the inspirational piece, “Calm Water,” one of the standouts on this album. The recording quality is superior, as you can hear the acoustic instruments and vocals burst through brilliantly. On the inside sleeve of the CD cover, Idakaar thanks God for his second chance at life and music. He certainly made the most of it here with this wonderfully produced CD.
The Bottom Line: John: Master musicians who offer their own mature (and family-friendly) brand of rock with a positive message. Delia: I appreciated the variety of sounds on this album… some gentle and peaceful while others lively, passionate, and spirited. Jim: A very high quality production… My favorite track is “Calm Water.”
Go With Me, of Morris County, NJ, follow up their second release with “Second Chance”, a versatile rock album that explores both new and older territory with a twist; from rock to reggae, to funk, to simple love ballads reminiscent of Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows, Chilli Peppers, and Jars of Clay.
“Second Chance” will be released nationally December, 2009 on Autarkeia Records. The bassist/guitarist/ songwriter, Bob Idakaar, joins his music partner, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Gatewood, guest guitarist Randy Bernsen, and Vocalist Rich Ortiz, with drummers John Hvasta & Scott Miller & Brian Kornfield. With Tara Worth contributing Vocals and Keys, additional backing vocals by Maria Brock, Bruce Gatewood and keyboardist John DePace to create an album that speaks to an experienced listening audience.
“Music for the soundtrack of your life.” Album format: A3, AA, AC, College, NAC (NO OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE OR CONTENT) Album genre: Adult alternative pop/rock, Indie rock, reggae, funk, Motown, gospel, soundtrack
BOB IDAKAAR records at MUZIKSTUDIO.COM, his own DigiDesign Pro Tools HD 8-equipped full production recording studio on tranquil Chesler Lake in Morris County, New Jersey where he works as a producer, engineer, and session musician. A veteran of many A-circuit clubs, Idakaar worked for a time as a studio bassist for several Atlantic Records recording artists. In his early days, Bob was a member of Mind Mural, Friction Addiction, and a plethora of almost one hit wonder bands! He has opened for several nationally-recognized acts including the Wilson Sisters, Taylor Dayne and, touring with the Roscoe Martinez Band, the supergroup Chicago. Bob has also worked in film scoring and soundtracks. His major influences include Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows,The (original) Scattered Few, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jars of Clay, Neil Young, Steve Morse, Randy Bernsen, Deep Purple, Ken Hensley-Uriah Heep, Towers of London, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Ron DeFalco, Jeff Buckley, Sly Stone, Paul Weller, John Hiatt, & Roby Duke.
For more information please contact Bob Idakaar, via Autarkeia Records, at 973-927-5327.