'Cause Women Get Inside Your Head Like That
Taking cues from country, rockabilly, folk, classic rock, and even a tiny dab of old-fashioned hymnal gospel, This Progressive Country (weird capitalization on purpose) hopes to bring a new sound to country radio. The brainchild of heavily political/philosophical lead singer Ken Schwanz, TPC intends to bring songs with a slightly less conservative message to the ears of an audience that likes the musical forms of traditional country but wants a new take on those forms and a more progressive lyrical point of view. Not ones to be heavy-handed, TPC's initial material as found here is easygoing, with only one 'message' song in the first album, which is a humorous ditty featuring heavy satire of some of the worst attitudes stereotypically attributed to the country music audience. Really, though, the band is about the music first. Far more of the material on the album consists of songs about love lost and/or found. Schwanz's focus, intensity, and drive are sharply contrasted by the laid-back nature of his supporting musicians on the first album, including Jon Prosise (guitar and bass), Adam Prosise (drums), and Eric Johnson (bass; no, not THAT Eric Johnson). Their ease and placidity bring a groove to compliment Ken's intensity.