There is a ton of “feel-good” music that falls into the realm of superficial, surface-level, touchy-feely triteness that overshadows all of the good intentions of the artist. It’s not always those musicians’ faults either. Being real can be tough. Going deep is a process that doesn’t always match up with G-C and D chords. For real feel-good music — the sort that gets into listener’s souls — the artist has to be willing to go deep and deliver music directly from the heart. Bonfire Dub does this with seeming effortlessness throughout their latest offering Gypsy Roots.
From the soaring sing-along chorus of “Pilot” to the island feel of the inspirational “One Stone,” Bonfire Dub over and over again “make time, break the bread and share the truth.”
On Gypsy Roots the group is joined by a host of Colorado staples including Elephant Revival’s Bridget Law who contributes fiddle throughout, Tyler Grant of Grant Farm, Daniel Rodriguez, also of Elephant Revival, Megan Letts of Mama Magnolia and Steve Vidaic of Citizen Cope.
Founder/vocalist and philanthropist Scotty Stoughton holds court over the chorus of “Open Heart” with the line, “my heart is open, come on in.” And on the albums’ next track, “Westside,” he ensures “I welcome you.”