One of my favourite new tracks of 2017 comes from this album. It’s called “Highway Rain” – simply put, it possesses all the hallmarks of the kind of song you would want to keep you company on a road trip.
Which in essence is precisely what “Unseen Vol One” is all about.
A truly independent artist, Rich Young has spent a lot of time out on the road performing, and “Unseen Vol One” documents his tours of upstate New York and Pennsylvania, USA, in which he says : “I took over 2000 photos ; discovered semi-deserted townships ... found summer camps crumbling in low fall sunshine ... visited towns that had been a haven for immigrants from the UK & Europe, built on now defunct mining and railroad industries ; now stumbling headlong into the 21st century.
The history of these places – the eccentric visionaries still living there – and the surrounding areas, is the history of ordinary people struggling through, sometimes with extraordinary courage ...”
The album provides us with a musical snap shot – 12 road-trip stories soulfully and imaginatively written into some proper grassroots rock and roll, folk, blues, and Americana inspired tunes.
It’s an album written from the heart and from experience, and that raw emotion is captured pretty effectively throughout.
Glad to have it in my collection.
Take a chance on it, then head out on the road ...
We have invited Rich to share with us some of his photographs and diary entries of his recent trip to New York, which will accompany the release of “Unseen Vol Two” in 2018.
Look out for that, as it happens.