Emerson Drive expands
Thursday, April 29, 2010
– Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates and his wife Jana welcomed their first child, a son, into the world last night in Nashville.
Tyler Robert Mates was born at 7:04 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, weighing 7 lbs. 13 ounces. All are well, according to the band's web site.
Tyler is the second Emerson Drive baby. He joins Emma Pichette, the first child for fiddler David Pichette and his wife Jill, who celebrated her first birthday last November.
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With Richard Marx having ceded his chair to Nashville producers (including Alabama bassist Teddy Gentry), Canadian sextet Emerson Drive's third release turns to sounds that are indeed more "countrified." There's more fiddle, banjo and tight multipart harmonies, even as the string-lined ballads and electric pop-rockers retain the band's core crossover appeal. The album's opening riff will remind many of The Go-Go's "Head Over Heels."
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