Photo | Submitted | The Prescriptions
Band: The Prescriptions, The Brook & The Bluff
Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Callaghan’s first hosted singer-songwriter/Birmingham native Hays Ragsdale and his Nashville-based project The Prescriptions two years ago. Now they return with tracks from their debut full-length album, “Hollywood Gold.”
Fans have already received a taste of this album through the release of its title track. Ragsdale said the single dedicated to relationships in the day of the “omnipresent” media provides an underlying musical thread.
“When you’re listening to [“Hollywood Gold”], it’s a good representation of a lot of different things that we do,” he said. “It has elements in it of everything that also come up in each song on the album.”
In comparison to its EP predecessor “Either Side,” Ragsdale said the new album is more developed and sometimes “expansive,” with a variety of instrumentation. He added that some songs maintain a “spacey” attitude while others take on a more basic musical persona. Ultimately, Ragsdale says, the songs are allowed to breathe in a live setting as opposed to the sterile, restrictive studio environment.
“I feel like the live shows have been an effort to have a fun, cathartic live experience,” he said. “The record captures some of that, but I feel like it comes through a lot more if you listen to our album and see us live. There’s a big difference there. It’s more of a fun, loose thing. The record is more of a tidy representation of the songs.”
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