To the Point
'To The Point' is the debut album from blues-rockers Friar's Point. The band takes it's name form the legendary Mississippi River town, and the album features an original mix of tunes befitting the band's namesake. Friar's Point is Mary Dunbar, vocals and percussion, Chris London lead, slide guitar, and vocals, Pat Powers, harp, rhythm guitar and vocals, Karl Frick, piano and Hammond organ, Jim Baldwin bass, and Brian Berlanda drums. 'To The Point' features eight original songs and two classic blues tunes, showcasing the band's solid sound. Guitarist Chris London penned five of the album's tracks, collaborating singer Mary Dunbar for two more of the album's more bluesy moments. Harp-man Pat Powers adds the rousing rocker 'Be Your Man' solidifying the record's upbeat drive. The John Lee Hooker classic 'Boom Boom' is given a sensual reading by Dunbar, and the Junior Wells classic 'Little By Little' is presented as solid rocker; giving nod to the Dunbar's appreciation of Susan Tedeschi's influence. London's tasty guitar, Powers' deft harp, and Dunbar powerful vocals, serve up a the triple-threat from the infectious vocal-instrumental 'Night Out' through the swampy closer 'Where It All Began'. Frick's enormous Hammond engulfs and seduces, while riding on the back of one of the best rhythm sections around, featuring Berlanda's powerful drums and Baldwin's solid bass. The band takes you on a trip through the different shades of the blues in a shiny monster truck! The album was recorded at Lakestone Studios situated in the Brigadoon-ish town of Barto PA. The lush recording is the product of Frick's principal production expertise, along with the experience of a band that's been around. One magazine writes 'That album is magnificent', and 'To The Point' is quickly gaining airplay throughout the region. The title cut, is an abstract chronicle of the band's affinity with their namesake town, Friar's Point (birthplace of Robert Nighthawk, and location of the legendary Hirschberg's Drug Store, where all the founding blues father's would barrel house by the riverside). The band Friar's Point, has a deep appreciation for the heritage and metamorphosis of blues; 'To The Point' is evidence of that and and expression of things to come.