‘Wake Up’ the second release from Dave Mann Collective begins with the title track which is a catchy number which hints at an influence of Jack Johnson at times. Other tracks on here cover similar ground – well written acoustic songs that come straight from the heart.
The band has undergone a few changes since their first cd, with Roy Fernandez replacing Mark Lowes on bass and the loss of their keyboardist. This gives the band more of a folk sounds while previously the keyboards gave it a pop edge. The comparison of the old style to the new is evident on the live track which is recorded with the new band but with a song from the first ep ‘Hard Man To Talk To.
Dave Mann Collective has to be one of the most promising roots acts in the country. Great voice, some tasty guitar playing and most of all some nice tunes.