The Price Brothers Band Releases Live Album

The band and Price alike sound well-rehearsed from the start. “Diamonds in the Sky” showcases a brisk and surefooted band led by a vocalist/songwriter in full command of his considerable powers.


Jeff Tutt’s keyboards parry well with the other players while Casey Davis’ lead guitar gives the song an additional soaring quality few listeners will reject or deny. “Common Ground” continues highlighting the admirable maturity of Price’s songwriting. These are complete and well-rounded songs that reach even greater heights behind the superb musicianship Price, Tutt, and Davis, along with an extended band of violinist John Lardinois, drummer Steve Phelps, bassist Matt Scholp, and other guests provide. The focused yet freewheeling musicianship they bring to bear makes this a winner.

Price opens “One More Time” with some extended riffing on his acoustic guitar that sets a wonderful stage for everything that follows. It’s a dramatic and powerful arrangement accenting the words and it isn’t hard to imagine, after hearing the lyrical content, that this performance means more to him than even the other fine songs. It resounds with unquestionable passion. “The Crossing”, as well, burns with deep seeded passion that violinist John Lardinois helps bring to the fore. What we’re hearing here is the sound of a band who are on the same page with one another and, even if they aren’t the songwriters, it’s beyond a doubt that they connect with Price’s material.

Tutt and Davis trade off magnificent lead breaks on their respective instruments during the track “Let It Go” and the song’s breezy pace helps further inspire them. The vocal melody and phrasing help amp the pace up even more without even losing listeners along the way. This song may not dig as deep as the others, at least superficially, but they invest tremendous energy into the track. Tutt is a stand out, once again, during the song “Foolish Heart”. His playing contributions to this track alleviate the ruefulness in the song’s soul and Price responds with one of the album’s best vocal performances.


“Taste of Freedom” is one of the more expansive musical outings on the release and a perfect closer for the main body of the set. It does give the band a final chance to shine instrumentally, but it’s notable how they eschew any of the self-indulgence that might mar other musicians’ take on similar fare. Everything here serves the song. Live at the Yellow Cab Tavern is grounded in fundamentals and heart that no one can deny. 

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