TO BE A MAN by allison bolton

allison bolton

Broadjam Artist: allison bolton

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)

Pro General Comments: This song reminds me of retro Americana folk from the 60's. The steel guitar is country but a harmonica could easily replace the steel guitar. The form structure is very Americana folk in my opinion. Verse/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus/instrumental outro is not contemporary country radio friendly. The song is well over four minutes long which pretty much makes it destined to be an album cut. As a rule of thumb the closer you are to three minutes your chances of radio airplay go up and the closer you are to four minutes those chances go down. This song is closer to five minutes than four minutes. The third verse is a mixture of verse one and verse two and it doesn't add anything new to the story line. My advice is do not have a third verse or re-write the third verse and add new info, action and imagery. If you delete verse three the form would be verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus and you would be closer to four minutes long than five minutes long. Starting a song with two long verses goes against most commercial guidelines but it is acceptable in Americana folk. Ending the second verse with the hook is also indicative of Americana folk. The song ends but I'm not convinced the singer ever learned how to be a man. The song doesn't point out what makes a man a man in his eyes. I really like the retro feel of this song. My guess is that baby boomers will also like this style of Americana folk rock. Strong melodies, catchy and memorable. I love the instrumental track and your vocal. The song sounds authentic. If you are hoping to pitch this to other artists keep in mind that the majority of Alternative Americana folk artists write their own songs and very few ever record outside material that they didn't have a hand in writing.

Quote From Pro: Allison Bolton brings the authentic sound of retro 60's Americana folk rock in the styles of Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan to the present day. Baby boomers as well as all fans of Americana will enjoy Allison Bolton's music.

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