One of the greatest things about modern Celtic music is that it is constantly changing to appeal to new audiences. San Diego natives, Lexington Field, mix Celtic rhythm, traditional violin, good old American electric guitar, and blend it with a healthy dose of punk to create a fun and eclectic original album.
Lexington Field credits Young Dubliners, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and Great Big Sea as some of their influences and it can be heard in their first full length album, Old Dirt Road. The songs on the album are upbeat, fun and fast paced. The band features a driving baseline and drums of Casey Jones and Vincent West respectively and lively electric guitar riffs of Bryan Hane balanced with the energetic violin of Cami Smith and vocals from front man, Beau Gray.
The song, “Duke of Green”, opens and sets the tone for the album, in effect setting the listener’s expectations for a Celtic party album. “Up in the Sky”, is a perfect example of their distinctive sound which is reminiscent of a Celtic version of those Berkley rockers, Green Day. “Weathered Heart” slows down the pace for only a moment and then they return to rock the house again.
Their traditional influences can be heard scattered throughout the album, and especially in the original compositions, “The Toledo Tapper” and “Laurel’s Reel”. Lexington Field does their part to keep tradition on it’s toes by keeping all of the tunes fresh and lively. The band also gives their Celtic punk treatment to “It’s All for Me Grog”, turning it into a modern party theme.
The final song on the album, “A Better Place” is a memorial song for Lisa Milne, a special 13 year old who lost her fight against brain cancer. Written by the lead guitarist, Bryan Hane, the band was so moved by her courage and bravery that they also dedicated the album to her memory.
While this album was initially a self-released album, Lexington Field has recently signed a distribution deal with New Folk Records giving them national exposure. To be sure, this is not the last time we will hear from them. Thanks to this new deal, they are currently in the studio working on a new album called Poor Troubled Life.
Home Town: San Diego, California
Similar Artists: Young Dubliners, The Tossers, The Mahones, Seven Nations, VooDoo Glow Skulls, Buck-O-Nine, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Great Big Sea, The Ataris
Randy Williams is an Air Force veteran who studies European history and computer science in Colorado Springs. He dabbles with the bodhrán, guitar, and tin whistle but prefers to appreciate the professionals on Celtic Music Magazine. Randy never misses the traditional pubs during his travels, be it to Ireland, Italy or the United States where he has
learned Celtic musical traditions from a wide variety of artists.