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Album Review

From Good Homes made its major-label debut with 1994's Open up the Sky. As good as their self-released debut, Hick-Pop Comin' at Ya!, was, Open up the Sky is an even better produced roots rock album. It is amazing that RCA let a band with as much potential as From Good Homes record their debut without any of the good songs from their indie debut. It turns out it was for a good reason; all of the songs on this CD shine. "If the Wind Blows" and "Radio On" are two songs that continue the band's tradition of well-written pop songs that can be opened out into longer jams in concert. Fans of Boyd Tinsley from the Dave Matthews Band will especially like Open up the Sky because the fiddle is tastefully recorded and adds a lot to the songs in this set. If there was a world where jam bands got respect and radio airplay then From Good Homes' members would be stars and "Let Go" would have been the Prom Song of the Year in 1995. Open up the Sky is a very good record, and was shamefully overlooked by the record buyers. Make up for it now that you can pick up copies for three dollars a pop. And buy some for you friends.

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Open Up The Sky...And Your Ears

Lots of people have missed the boat on this disc, and it's really a shame. From Good Homes is a great band. They play a mellower style of rock, similar to some of Dave Matthews Band's stuff (albeit just occasionally with more of a country-rock sound), with lots of acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, sax, etc. Todd Sheaffer sings heartfelt lyrics that mean something, and the whole demeanor of this band is something you can relate to. Everything very well done. Open Up The Sky is their major label debut, and has a bunch of excellent songs. The trio of Radio On, Let Go, and Cool Me Down - a great run of uptempo numbers - will make you wonder why they never got noticed...start here if you want to just get initiated. I would also highly recommend the atmospheric song, I Only Want, a song where the DMB comparisons are hard to miss. Head and Walk On By are also terrific. Once you try some of these as a sample, I'm fairly certain you'll want the whole disc, so maybe just blow some of that itunes card right off on the album. It's good stuff! I bought the disc from a bargain bin, but would have no trouble at all dropping top dollar for it. Unavailable from itunes, but out there on the web is their equally excellent self-titled album, released 3 years after Open Up The Sky. Don't miss that one either.


From good homes was the best home grown band and some of my best memories in the early 90s are rocking out at one of their shows and listening to their music.this album is so heartfelt and significant...especially for those of us who have followed this band for decades now.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

From Good Homes are an eclectic, seasoned bunch of roots-rock musicians from New Jersey who have found success in the record business on their own terms. The group consists of Todd Sheaffer (vocals and acoustic guitar), Brady Rymer (bass and vocals), Jamie Coan (acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals), Dan Myers (saxophones, percussion, melodica and vocals), and Patrick Fitzsimmons (drums and vocals). Their generally positive, upbeat folk-rock and blues-rock sound and lyrics are a reaction...
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