A piano feverishly ascends to the heavens as we enter “Ghost,” the stellar third track in The CernyBrothers’ latest album Looking for the Good Land, and it isn’t going to stop until it reaches the clouds that are circling the ground below. A golden set of strings join as it skips onward towards its destination, unafraid of what it will find when it gets there, too wrapped up in its own glory to care. The vocals penetrate washing over us with impunity, and we’re transported to an ethereal place where nothing exists other than melody, emotion and the harmony that infinitely binds the two. The CernyBrothers hold absolutely nothing back lyrically nor musically in Looking for the Good Land, and as haunting a song as “Ghost” is, it’s but a taste of what listeners can expect to encounter when they pick up a copy of this record and give it a spin for the first time. The Nashville based duo by way of Sherrard Illinois, was just named an artist you need to know by Rolling Stone.
“Ghost” isn’t the only track on Looking for the Good Land that capitalizes on The CernyBrothers’ command of the piano, as we learn in the powerhouse “Days of Thunder,” a song so riveting and full of life. Alternative music hasn’t been much of an alternative to anything since the mid-1990s, but in Looking for the Good Land listeners get up close and personal with a band that embraces a day in the life of American’s and runs head first into the barriers that separate their diverse group of influences. A true All American Rock Record with a Midwestern swing in the vein of the late great Tom Petty. This is Heartland Rock for an eccentric generation.
No review of Looking for the Good Land would be complete without mentioning the slick “Tennessee,” which ties together the record with a jarring southern drawl that is strong enough to warrant any music fan’s interest in The CernyBrothers. Upcoming highlights are the brothers playing The Ryman Auditorium, and hitting the road with Kingfish Looking for the Good Land is too enthralling to be ignored. Their radio single I Wanna Love You is now being featured in Hollister and American Eagle stores and being released by Cleveland International Records, the newly relaunched label once helmed by the later great Steve Popovich.