Genres: Alternative / Songwriter / Composer / Flash Folk/Jazz
Members: Randy Vera
Sounds Like: Tom Waits, Gil Scott-Héron, Warren Zevon
When you listen to a lot of music for your entire life then one day decide to write about that music as a critic, everything changes, you become by default...more critical. As such that increases over the years and it thereby becomes more difficult to find anything that actually gets your attention in such a way that you are genuinely intrigued and pleased enough to want more. This is how I felt when I first heard the music of Randy Vera. One of the things I do is make my assessment and ask myself, who does he remind you of? Then I go to the artist page and look at the "sounds like" references to see if I was spot on or not. The first artist that came to mind was Tom Waits, bingo! He is the first one mentioned. I then thought of Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. Those two are not mentioned however I felt there was a little bit of each artist in Vera's sound and Warren Zevon? Yes, particularly with the lyrics and the way he delivers them. I am not familiar at with Gil Scott-Heron's work but it probably is a reflection of him as well. All comparisons aside, this gent has his act together and is one of the more unique and engaging singer/songwriters I have heard in quite some time.
I have no idea what Flash Folk is nor have I ever heard of such a genre or sub genre but I do know that this is an amazing concoction of folk, jazz, alternative and whatever else you could dream up for explaining a clearly undefinable and unique sound. Its all very hard to put your finger on and put in a nice little box but that is what makes it so much fun. If you are looking for good sounds and thought provoking lyrics, listen to Randy Vera now!
November 30, 2012
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com
Born and raised in Allston/Brighton section of Boston, Massachusetts, Randy Vera is a finalist for the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting award, as one of three final candidates in the "Jazz" category. His song placements include VAS Entertainment’s acclaimed surfing films and Road Work pictures “The Mean Of Green” (2013). Randy is currently recording with 12 time Platinum Producer Anthony J. Resta (Twilight Films Soundtrack, Elton John, Collective Soul), and he maintains a busy performing schedule.
In 2001, Randy Vera was recognized by his college friend Paul Stanton in his film "On the Line" (Miramax), where he was the inspiration for one of the main characters portrayed by none other than N' Sync's Joey Fatone.
Notable venues Randy has played include: The Icarus Club, London, UK; Tammany Hall NYC; LIVE on WMFO FM & WZBC FM Boston; The Hatch Shell, Boston (Walk for Hunger, 20,000 people); House of Blues, Boston; Johnny D's Uptown, Boston; Harpers Ferry, Brighton Music Hall, Boston; National Underground, NYC; The Lion's Den, (Sullivan Hall) NYC; The National Anthem at TD BankNorth Garden.
Randy lives in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood of Boston Massachusetts with his daughters, and their puppy named Snowy.