Genre: Blues, Rock

Sounds Like: Rolling Stones, The Black Crows, Marc Ford, Gov’t Mule and Eric Clapton

The Good: Songwriting, Consistency, Vibe

The Bad: More Songs

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 3 out of 5

The Music: 4 out of 5

The Songs: 4 out of 5

The Vibe: 4 out of 5

The Production: 3 out of 5

The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5





The Review: As a boy, Dave Bailin was exposed to a wide array of Blues, 50’s rhythm and blues and 60's and 70's classic rock by his post-Woodstock "cool" parents. The first instrument he chose was the harmonica which led quickly to electric guitar. As a teen, he excelled in vocational school as well as establish himself as the "go to guy" when it came to blues and rock guitar. He wrote his first song "Rachel" at the age of 15! In his twenties, Dave would work all day in the machine shop building parts for pace makers while his nights were spent as a rock musician. He landed a weekly gig as the open mic host at "The Sportsman's Lodge" in Newburyport. He would also become known for his long running and current stint as host of the "In a Pigs Eye open mic" in Salem.


This latest 9 Track “Self-titled” release was released in 2014. Right from the start I get the impression Nailin writes songs about the people, places and things that he loves, with a healthy combination of humor, skepticism, and honesty. He probably admits to what he doesn't understand, questions what he already knows, and asks his listeners to join him in viewing life from a different angle. Melding a unique yet accessible blend of bluesy guitars, easy to digest beats and melodies, tasty Harmonica, groove-ridden bass lines and an infectious vocal front, the Bailin sound is a testament to how he insists on shifting the face of blues-rock.  This life’s opus skirts the lines of life from the causal observer’s point of view really. All of these songs capture a very human blend of Bailn’s spin on life through his music and possesses a very accessible signature sound. Indeed intelligent lyrics and catchy melody lines are the heart of the Bailin. Did I mention he also plays guitar, Harmonica and sings? He also brings painfully simple thoughts and subject matter, heartfelt rhythms and melodies. Also present is an easy going element of street-wise wisdom via this very relaxing 9 track line-up that's sure to provoke a positive reaction from every listener that gives them just a minute of their time. The whole album is an exciting listen and can be listened to virtually in any situation. The songs on the album are a mixture of themes and catchy rhymes that encourage you to tap your foot, but also offer a mixture of sounds and musical landscape that will keep you guessing or wondering what’s around the next corner.


The Bad: I wish there were 4-5 more songs to digest. 9 songs don't cut it anymore.


The Ugly: Nothing to report.


The Bottom Line: From the amazing “Satisfactory” to comical “Roll It’ and “Voodoo Man” to the more mellow “No You Don’t” to jumpy “Plans” and relaxing “Little ways” virtually any music fan can find something they would enjoy in this mixture of songs. “Dave Bailin and the Bailouts” offers a unique opportunity to sit back and see where the journey takes you vi a interesting and entertaining sound that will remind you of Rolling Stones, The Black Crows, Marc Ford, Gov’t Mule and Eric Clapton. to Jerry Jeff Walker. The musicianship is top shelf and the songwriting: equally as impressive. Dave Bailin is an impressive “under the radar” artist and red hot band live (from  what I’ve read) definitely worth checking out as his soulful sound and unique perspective on life can be appreciated by virtually any music fans – young or old.  

Jim Rantala edited by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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