THE BRIAN LINDSAY BAND 2022

                                                                   New CD, Revival drops May 20, 2022 

                                          Release celebration at The Record Archive Rochester, NY 6/8/22              

Rochester, New York singer-songwriter Brian Lindsay adds 10 more rock n’ roll gems to his already impressive songwriting catalog with his 4th full CD release entitled, Revival. 

Lindsay delivers an inspired roots-rocking record that is filled with confidence and inspired performances.  His veteran band and some of New York’s finest musicians burn through 10 songs in his trademark concept format. With his lyrical craftsmanship, he transports the listener to places and times with clarity, bringing a renewed sense of hope and purpose to a world...that is long over-due for  Revival. 

Review- “Lanky roots rocker and Rochester hardcore troubadour, Brian Lindsay has put out a new record titled “Revival”, a redemption-seeking, guitar twangin’, walls shakin, rubber burnin’ good time”. Frank de Blasé rochesterbeacon.com 4/15/22 

Lindsay’s first record The Crossing (2005) featured the single “Eastside of the River” that charted for eleven straight weeks. It was added to over 45 Triple-A format radio stations nationally and was played and critiqued globally. The success from “The Crossing” helped secure an invitation to perform on the coveted OnStage Concert Series recorded and broadcast from Rochester’s PBS affiliate, WXXI TV which resulted in a live DVD release. 

His second album release, Esperanza (2009) built on that success and was added to more than 60 Triple-A format stations. The song “King of the Mountain” held the #1 spot at commercial station WOCM 98.1 (Ocean City, MD) for two straight weeks. Brian’s "King of the Mountain" was selected for ESPN's NASCAR Now national broadcast. 

The 3rd record, The Monkey, The Tango and the Boogaloo (2014) was added to over 50 Triple-A Radio stations across the US, featuring the first focus track, “Heart and Soul”. 

The Brian Lindsay Band has shared the stage with The Smithereens, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Shooter Jennings, Donna the Buffalo, Poppa Chubby, The Outlaws and The Little River Band to name a few.   

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  • The Brian Lindsay Band has been hard at work on a new record  and are thrilled to announce a May 20th 2022 release  date for the new LP, REVIVAL! The CD release party is scheduled for June 8, 2022 at The Record Archive, Rochester, NY!
  • Is it the water that they drink from the river that runs north into the great Ontario? Possibly it's the music education that runs through the community, up from the Grade Schools to the mighty Eastman. Perhaps it's as simple as the five month Winters and the studio stocked music rooms that brewed this creation of sonic beauty. Whatever it is, here comes a great new release by hometown Rocker … Brian Lindsay. 

              Brian Lindsay has just dropped his fourth album of original compositions! REVIVAL could easily be compared to any number of world class musical products. Let's just say that Brian has again captured the soul of the region, that part of New York State that is in-between the Finger Lakes and Western New York … it's the sound of the Genesee! DJ JONES  4-16-22

CD review by Frank de blase

Record Review by Frank De Blase  4-15-22 rochesterbeacon.com

Brian Lindsay Band 

“Revival” 

Lanky roots rocker and Rochester hardcore troubadour, Brian Lindsay has put out a new record titled “Revival,” a redemption-seeking, guitar twangin’, walls shakin, rubber burnin’ good time.

Brian’s music is pure Americana; plugged in Americana that is full of spunk and life. He possesses a Springsteen type swagger and exudes the same confidence delivering his well crafted tunes with guitars blazing.”- Don Zelazny, Americana Roots”

Jeff Spevak is WXXI's arts and life editor and reporter.

Brian Lindsay goes beyond typical love songs on stalled new album By Jeff Spevak @jeffspevak1

01/27/21

Brian Lindsay has known for a long time how to write a song that goes straight to the heart.

There was “East Side of the River,” from his 2004 album “The Crossing.” It’s a lament of unrequited love — her family thinks he’s not good enough for her — wrapped in Springsteen-like wailing harmonica, drama-drenched guitar and the two banks of the Genesee River as metaphor: “You and I worlds apart, with a river in between.”

There was “King of the Mountain,” from his 2009 album “Esperanza,” a coming-of-age yowl with echoes of Steve Earle.

And then, from his 2014 album “The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo,” there was “King of Broken Hearts,” on which he wails, “You’ve got secrets you hide beneath your bed,” and “find another man to be your fool.”

But many things have changed as Lindsay takes a step back and looks at his new album, “new” being a subjective term. Because this new, as-yet-unnamed album, was ready to go by the end of last February. Nearly a year ago.

“The whole record I wrote was based on living in the last four years,” Lindsay says. “Titles like ‘Love Lives Here,’ ‘Reckoning Day,’ ‘The American Night,’ ‘Gaslight Lounge’ — all these titles just flew out and I wrote ’em. And it was ready to go, man. I was really looking forward to dropping them in the spring, or at least in the summer, and then play.

“But then, you know, change of plans.”

When will we hear it? This new collection of songs from one of Rochester’s most accomplished rockers?

“It didn’t make sense for me to put out a record, you know,” Lindsay says. “I can’t really promote it per se, you know, like clubs or gigs. I think I played, I don’t know, six gigs the whole summer? It didn’t make sense to put a record out.”

That’s the conundrum musicians face these days. They have new music, but the clubs are quiet, or even closed. Does new music get heard in a vacuum? 

And what few opportunities there are to play live, After those half-dozen gigs last summer with the band, Lindsay says the few remaining opportunities to play live bring with them a risk beyond going unheard.

“I just got too scared, man, it just didn’t feel right to me,” he says. “I talked it over with the boys. I said, ‘This is kind of the way it is.’”

Some agreed. Some didn’t. But the decision was made to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps by June, it’ll be O.K. to come out and play. But even that, Lindsay admits, may be optimistic.

Still, he’s created something he longs to share. The new songs were not born to be muted.

“I gotta release the record, I’ve had all of these people put their time in on that, and all that,” Lindsay says. “And I’ve put a hell of a lot of time in.

“I think there’s some good songs on there, and I want to get them out to the public, where they need to be.”

Lindsay’s not even sure this is the right idea, but…

“The new strategy is to release them as singles, I guess, and try to keep semi-relevant and on the scene, until we can get together and shake hands and give hugs, you know?” he says.


At first glance, “Love Lives Here,” released Oct. 30 as a downloadable single, might be interpreted as being fraught with the kind of anguished love that is one of Lindsay’s specialties. Then the true meaning becomes clear:

Now some men build bridges and some build walls/
Tell me mister, on which side do you fall?
If your neighbor seeks refuge, would you offer your hand?
Heaven help those on the border land.


The love here is for refugees turned back by a wall at the southern border of the United States.


And now it’s “Reckoning Day,” the new single he’s just released. One verse in, and the listener is thinking it’s a Lindsay breakup song. But in the second verse, the songwriter makes it clear. The breakup is with Trump.

“I changed the first verse, to make it a breakup song, just because I didn’t really want to harp too much on the, you know, this present scene and all that,” Lindsay says. “Because it was definitely all that. And I ended up changing it to three verses, three different verses. The first one was a breakup song, yeah. The second one was about the president, and the third verse is more like, you know, the racial reckoning we’re dealing with.”

So “Love Lives Here” and “Reckoning Day” emerge from this moment. And when we finally hear “Gaslight Lounge,” that’s likely not going to be about a romantic night on the town, but a reference to the term “gaslighting.” The word is generally defined as emotional manipulation at the hands of someone that leads you to question your own sanity. There’s been a lot of that going around the last four years as well.

With the times came urgency in songwriting, but now the album has gone from 100 mph to full stop. Maybe that’s not a bad thing.

The pandemic, and its silencing of live music, allows Lindsay the luxury of re-examining his words and making adjustments. He’s rewritten maybe a half-dozen of the songs.

So he’s like someone going out every day to check on the garden, to see what new growth has emerged. Or maybe he’s like a man creeping down to the basement, to check on that new mail-order, mushroom-growing kit and see the new fungus. Pick your metaphor — 2020 was that kind of year.

Yet Lindsay saw a glimmer of hope last week, with the inauguration of a new president. Maybe that will once again change the arc of the album.

“I usually don’t get teary-eyed too much for stuff like that, but I did today,” he said after he and his wife, Michelle, watched the inauguration of Joe Biden. “Michelle and I were sitting here going, ‘Oh my God, this guy is on it, on it, on it.’ And it was beautiful, man, I loved the whole thing.”

Beautiful and overdue, “a monumental relief,” he says. Lindsay will even forgive Garth Brooks for showing up at the inauguration wearing blue jeans. It’s time to stop beating each other up — which makes Lindsay think about snagging a phrase from “Love Lives Here” to name the new album: “Black and Blue Heart.” Because our love is bruised.

Or maybe, he’ll steal a line from Trump’s inauguration speech for an album title: “American Carnage.”

Then, he waves off that idea.

“Yeah, I’ve had enough of the freakin’ Trump thing.”

Jeff Spevak is WXXI's arts and life editor and reporter. He can be reached at jspevak@wxxi.org.

Performance dates

About The BRIAN LINDSAY BAND

The Band:

BLB  plays  old school Rock and Roll, Americana  and Alt-country .  They  perform their music with  soul, passion 

and  purpose.

Repertoire: Popular covers and top quality originals.

Shared the stage with :  

The Smithereens, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Shooter Jennings, Donna the Buffalo, Poppa Chubby, The Outlaws, Willie Nile, The Little River Band, The Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone to name a few. 

 Performance locations :

Lilac Festival, Oswego Harbor Festival, Bands on the Bricks, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Park Avenue Festival, Party in the Park, Pinegrove Festival, Canandaigua Arts Festival , Concerts at Point of the Bluff.

  Live TV and Radio Concerts:

PBS -Live OnStage, Live concert series- WXXI-TV, Rochester, N.Y. 

WRUR 88.5 FM 

WITR 89.7 FM, Rochester, N.Y. 

WCMF 96.5 

The Buzz 98.9 

Song Facts : 

Lindsay's first record, "The Crossing" featuring the single, "Eastside of the  River"  charted for 11 straight weeks. at Triple A radio stations.

From his second record, "Esperanza" Lindsay held the #1 spot at commercial station WOCM 98.1 (Ocean City, MD) for two straight weeks  with his song," King of the Mountain". 

King of the Mountain was  also selected for ESPN's "NASCAR Now" national broadcast. 

With the release of his 3rd record, "The Monkey, the tango and the boogaloo" Lindsay continued to grow the brand.

All three CD’s were added to over 50 Triple A radio stations and charted nationwide on each campaign. 

 Recordings: 

The Crossing (2005) GFI Music

Esperanza (2009) GFI Music

The Monkey The Tango and The Boogaloo (2014) GFI Music

New CD  REVIVAL (2022) River of Faith Music

CD reviews :

“Lindsay celebrates the release of his excellent new CD, “The Monkey, The Tango and The Boogaloo” - Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. 

“Good records call to mind comparisons and metaphors, but only the truly great ones can be called delicious.”  Album review: "The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo"  - Frank De Blase rochestercitynewspaper.com

 DVD :

Brian Lindsay Band Live - PBS- WXXI-OnStage (2007) 

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Onstage at WXXI

Onstage at WXXI

Party in The Park

Party in The Park

1st Single - Love Lives Here - from the LP, Revival

4th Single-River of Faith and healing - from the lp, Revival

FROM THE NEW LP, REVIVAL

From the 1st lp, the crossing

FROM THE 2ND LP,ESPERANZA

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