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Title - 'The Rhythm of Love and Dysfunction'
Artist - The Livesays

For those unaware, Billy Livesay, best known for his work with E Street Band legend Clarence Clemons as his Guitarist and Vocalist, is releasing a new album with his group The Livesays, independently.

The majority of The Livesays' new album The Rhythm of Love and Dysfunction was recorded in 2018 and was set to be released early in 2019.

Tragically, on November 2nd, 2018, the band experienced unimaginable sorrow when their drummer, Eddie Zyne, passed away from a heart attack.

Eddie, who began his illustrious career as the drummer in Hall and Oates, was an original co-founding member and integral part of The Livesays.

Eddie had been so excited about the upcoming release of The Livesays’ fourth album, particularly the new songs which showcased his solid metronome-like drumming style. Finding a replacement for Eddie would prove to be no easy task as he left tremendous shoes to fill. In the Spring of 2019, along came Howard Goldberg, formerly of the indie funk band “Rudy.”

Says Billy Livesay, “Howard knew us from playing around South Florida through the years. He was a tremendous fan of Eddie’s, knew of his passing, and asked if he could audition for us."

"Much to our surprise and delight, he turned out to be a great fit. He brought a revived energy to our band. We were back up and running in a few months."

The songs were recorded in Billy Livesay's home studio in Pembroke Pines, FL, mixed by Grammy nominated engineer Steve Gordon and mastered by Grammy winning engineer Mike Fuller at Fullersound in Ft Lauderdale.

The original plan was to have the song 'The Rhythm of Love' be the title cut, and the album was to include songs written and recorded over a two year period after the release of The Livesays' 2016 release Hold On ... Life Is Calling.

But, obviously, circumstances changed after losing Eddie. Turmoil set in due to ongoing political unrest, the upcoming election, protests, the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment, isolation, and having to quarantine.

The general feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness, and the ever-changing dysfunctional social and political climate, inspired some fresh new songs and a reevaluation as to which songs to release.

Armed with twenty songs, the band narrowed it down to thirteen that reflected a congruent theme, which gave birth to the adjusted title The Rhythm of Love and Dysfunction.

1. 'There's Something Coming Now'
2. 'When I Dream'
3. 'Another Mile'
4. 'Let It Flow'
5. 'Woodstock'
6. 'The Rhythm of Love'
7. 'Better Than He Ever Was'
8. 'How Can I Be?'
9. 'That's The Trouble with Love'
10. 'Heart Of The Matter'
11. 'Better Than You'
12. 'Book Of Rules'
13. 'Can I Have (What You Have)?'

Opening with the old rockin' blues crawl of 'There's Something Coming Now' and the more grounded, ferociously melodic E-Street guitar sound of 'When I Dream,' they then back those up with the mid-tempo 'Another Mile,' the foot-stompin' beauty 'Let It Flow,' and then comes their atmospherically, free flowing rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock.'

Up next is one of my own personal stand outs here, the fast-paced rocker of a title track, 'The Rhythm of Love' which is backed by the growing, soaring combination play of 'Better Than He Ever Was,' the low slung, mid-tempo 'How Can I Be?' and then the subtle Latin-influenced guitar work of 'That's The Trouble with Love.'

Another stand out track is the foot to the floor Don Henley rocker 'Heart Of The Matter,' which has Livesay sounding like Bryan Adams, and that's backed by the upbeat storytelling of 'Better Than You,' with the album rounding out with the power rock punch of 'Book Of Rules,' closing on the anthemic, Hammond-backed 'Can I Have (What You Have)?'

Billy Livesay - Guitar / lead vocals
Jorge Laplume - Bass / vocals
Howard Goldberg - Drums
Victor "Cuqui" Berrios - Organ / vocals
Tim Murphy- Piano / vocals

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