Just Before the Storm
After you’ve journeyed through the music business for awhile, you occasionally follow the road signs that point down an inviting country road instead of toward a harder rock quarry. Jerry Falzone, whose past work included a stint in the hard rock outfit Pearl, has taken a different path with Just Before the Storm.
Occasionally saluting alt country (and rock) greats such as Jackson Browne, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Byrds/Hot Burrito Brothers and others, the ten songs on this disc are smartly arranged, nicely performed and finely crafted.
Although this is technically a solo outing, Ray Bellizia’s contributions include writing, performing and producing, while guest vocalist Jerry Engler joins Falzone on one cut, bringing a haunting depth to the track. All the songs are easy going and loaded with inviting melodies and lyrics. Just about every one is a stand out, including the opening title song, “Sweet Virginia,” “We Will Meet Again” and “Come Back Now” (with Engler). All are balanced by just the right amount of catchy, radio-friendly hooks, and they are stamped with Falzone’s years of experience.