Sky King

Sky King, Conquering the Studio and Soaring into the Sky

Morose Tales From the Left Coast - Listening to this release from Sky King I whisk off to better days. This is the type of band that sings about the low points of life but create textures that make you feel like you can soar high into the heavenly clouds. The feature of this release is Walter Morosko. Behind the microphone he commands the spirit of a life truly lived. Holding nothing back he weaves vocal lines through the tapestry of this band creating a true piece of art. With guitar in hand he delivers a second voice to this group which seems to come first nature. With true guts he lays down lines and licks that blaze towards glory. With Garth Farkas backing him with his rhythmic six strings the two get into the dirt and kick some up for fun to the point that you find yourself lost in musical ecstasy. Laying down the low-end is the great Larry “Fuzzy” Knight. With lines thick and solid as an oiled swimsuit model you will find yourself stomping the floor and your hips will cut a groove across any room. Each song blooms to the point where nothing is held back. With accompaniments of horns, piano, drums and harmonica this full ensemble creates music that will give any floor a punishment in pure musical bliss. This is truly a great Blues/Rock band throwing down. I would highly recommend this release to anyone that loves Blues, Rock, Classic Rock and because of some of the beautiful tender moments created here, those that like Soft Rock will also find bliss. Take some time and let this band sweep you off your feet and fly into the sky with true pure passion. 

La Hora Del Blues

“Morose Tales From The Left Coast” is the new work of a band called Sky King, which come from San Fernando Valley in South California. The album is a new unique project in the record market, because it presents a quite different music development we could define as rock-pop-blues. Thirteen original songs wrapped in a cover design inspired in science fiction. Song lyrics are also included on a separate sheet of paper. The band gathers singer and guitarist Walter Morosko, guitar player Garth Farkas, bass player Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight, drummer and percussionist Chris Ross and keyboard player John ‘JT’ Thomas. You will also find some guest musicians like Lee Thornberg trumpet and valve trombone, Jimmy Z on saxophones, flute and harmonica, David Jackson accordion and Wynne Paris on sarod. As previously mentioned the cd is a symphonic dream of original rock-pop-blues, performed with a pleasant sophisticated style by a bunch of professional musicians, which will probably satisfy a specific audience open to innovative sound trends. VERY GOOD.

RockTHIZ Magazine

 

Cruising down Topanga Canyon Highway,  the route I  take when heading to the beach from my home in Woodland Hills, I began to listen to "Morose Tales From The Left Coast", a compilation of well written tracks by Sky King, a San FernandoValley based rock band that is just dripping with old school blues. The CD offered up a selection of tunes that soothed my ears and touched my soul.. The groves are rock solid with Larry, Garth and Chris at the helm and they draw the listener right into the pocket with them. The harmonies are right on the money and perfectly placed, while the keyboards and the horn arrangements fill out the sound and provide melodic depth to the instrumental parts.

It is no wonder why this CD is so good. The players are veteran rockers to the core with decades of experience rocking with the best. The songs are written by Walter Morosko  and Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, long time producer and former member of the legendary rock band Spirit, who lends his writing and producing experience to the project The musicianship on this CD is world class as well as the execution in the production and mastering. The project was recorded at various sites around LA and all brought together in a beautifully rendered recording. I am looking forward to catching these guys live!

 

Blast Magazine

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THE BAND:

Walter Morosko-Lead vocals, lead guitar
Garth Farkas-Rhythm guitar
Larry"Fuzzy"Knight-Bass,backup vocals, Producer

 

Listen to audio here:
"Poor House"
"Waiting For My Baby"
"Alone" 




      Sky King is composed of producer and bassist Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight formerly of the band Spitrit, lead guitarist and vocalist Walter Morosko, and Garth Farkas on rhythm guitar. Rounding out the rest of the band are Lee Thornberg on trumpet and trombone, Jimmy ‘Z’ on sax, flute, harmonica, John ‘JT’ Thomas on keyboards, and Chris Ross on drums.
     The songs on this release are written with integrity and care with passion and genuine emotion.  Each song is composed with emotion and care.  The decades of talent from the members of this band really shine through the songwriting. All this really bleeds through within the guys playing.  ' Morose Tales From The Left Coast' is one of those releases where you can kick back poor you two fingers of Jack and just blues out. I really loved this CD.




Southland Blues E-Weekly

SKY KING 
Morose Tales from 
the Left Coast

Self-Produced

          Sky King is bassist Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, vocalist/guitarist Walter Morosko and guitarist Garth Farkas. For this latest album they've brought in special guests to round out the sound with drummer Chris Ross and keyboard player John "JT" Thomas, as well as others on selected tracks, to give the program as much variety in music as the Left Coast exhibits through its myriad cultures.

          The band's sound combines raucous blues-rock with soulful R&B and melancholy ballads. All original songs, the program describes California with an imaginative pen. "Blue Skies" wafts gently with a soundscape that brings to mind the seashore with its cool breeze and year-round pleasurable atmosphere. "Hollywood" hits the scene hard with a danceable rock jaunt that describes the impersonal nature of doing business. "Oxnard/Cahuenga" drives like PCH with a rolling thump-thump, but with lyrics that describe the more morose nature of our city at night: gang violence and the reality of its danger to everyone. "Living the Blues" serves as the session's high point as Morosko sings about life's real and contemporary problems; here the band creates an easygoing West Coast swing that recalls the roots that have given The Southland its own distinctive blues fabric.

---Jim Santella

 

Vent Magazine

Blues, Rock N’ Roll and something more.

Morose Tales From The Left Coast by the band Sky King takes the past and brings it back to the present. “Poor House” has this really bluesy vocal and vibe blended with a bit of Rock N’ Roll. The guitar riffs, trumpets and organ reminded me of the Blues Brothers. “Inside Out” follows pretty much the same line.

In songs like “Alone”, both the vocals and the band’s sound changes for something more melodic, something more in the veins of Jack White and Led Zeppelin.

If you, reading this, are fans of classic music, you will definitely find this band interesting. From the producing to the musical part, it’s like you suddenly returned back to the past when everything began. John “JT” Thomas‘s keyboards and the vocals by Walter Morosko gives many of the songs a really Gospel vibe. So there you have it, this band really knows how to play with different genres without leaving their blues roots behind. Bass guitarist and Producer, Larry “Fuzzy” Knight did a great job with the guitars as they are what always keeps the blues and rock n’ roll in all the tracks and with the overall production.

In conclusion, this is a band all the classic and young rockers need to watch.

 

Orange County Music Examiner

 

Morose Tales from the Left Coast

May 2, 2014

The album begins with "Poor House". This is a solid blues-rock song accented with some great horns. The vocals are growled as much as sung, and the lyrics tell a classic story of a man who's so broke he'll steal a dollar from your grandma.

This band shows a variety of styles in its music. You'll hear a lot of funky bass lines as in the song "Hollywood." You'll hear some organ reminiscent of Booker T and The MGs. The band also provides healthy doses of soulful horns. The result is a sound that defies easy classification, although blues-rock would be a good place to file this. Still, the band goes way beyond blues-rock. Take the closing track "Alone" for example. This is a well-orchestrated song whose harmonies bring America (the band, not the country) to mind. The Moody Blues is another band that springs to mind, particularly with the layers of sound at the end of the song.

Morose Tales from the Left Coast is very well done. If you're a fan of blues-rock, this album will fit really well into your collection.

KX93.5 FM Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams

Sky King Rocks Laguna: Los Angeles alternative/progressive rockers SKY KING recently visited the KX93.5 FM studios of the popular Friday night "Laguna Blues" show for a live on-air interview and in-studio performance with host Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams. Pictured (l to r) are Sky King members Walter Morosko; Garth Farkas; Laguna Blues host Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams; and Larry "Fuzzy" Knight. Sky King's new critically-acclaimed album is titled "Morose Tales From The Left Coast." More on the band at www.skykingrockband.com.

Rock Over America

 

 

 Artist: Sky King Album: Morose Tales from the Left Coast Label: Blowin' Smoke Records Reviewer: Taylor Carlson Date: Apr 29, 2014 

 

 Sky King released Morose Tales from the Left Coast in 2013. 

Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am more into classic rock, hard rock, and heavy metal, above all other things. But that does not stop me from getting out there and exploring other exciting artists from other genres as well. Sky King’s debut release, Morose Tales from the Left Coast, is a blues album that is one such release. 

The band is comprised of Walter Morosko, Larry “Fuzzy” Knight, and Garth Farkas. As was previously stated, this is the first album from the group. A number of guest musicians play on the album as well. 

Reviewing the first album from an artist is never an easy task, because there is nothing you can really easily compare it to. Furthermore, blues 

is such a diverse and wild genre that it makes this CD all the more challenging to review. Though that should certainly not deter anyone from listening to this release. 

Like I previously stated, the blues is not exactly this music fan’s first choice of genre for listening. But that does not mean I do not enjoy this release. Right from the get go, you can tell this is a group of musicians that takes their music seriously, but at the same time, never comes off as feeling contrived or forced. The result is album that is surprisingly pleasant and diverse alike. 

The subjects of the songs on here are diverse and all over the place, from dealing with poverty, to things like regrets of the past. Featuring great guitar work and some superb instrumentation from the backing musicians as well, it is a release that more than holds its own in these uncertain musical times. Blues fans will love it, and even the casual, curious music lovers out there will want to consider giving it a listen. 

With many highlights throughout its hour-long duration, the debut release from Sky King is a lot of fun to listen to, and should please listeners of varied tastes. When you come on board and give this record a listen, you will be drawn in quickly. The instrumentation, the diversity of the sounds and song subjects; it all comes together nicely. Of course, it will be interesting to hear later efforts from the group as well. Strongly recommended! 

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Sky King CD Review                                         

Genre : Rock

Cd: Morose Tales From The Left Coast

Track Listing

 1. Poor House                    2. Inside Out
3. Hollywood                      4. Can’t See Nothing Good
5. Oxnard / Cahuenga     6. Blue Skies
7. Waitin’ for My Baby    8. Living the Blues
9. Forever                            10. Get Along Lost Girl
11. I’m Gone                        12. Late Night Phone Call
13 Alone

Members

Sky King is producer and bassist Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight, lead guitarist and vocalist Walter Morosko, and Garth Farkas on rhythm guitar.

Sky King is also accompanied on the CD by its alter ego band comprised of their musician friends, all who are pro recording and touring artists. Drummer Chris Ross ,Jimmy ‘Z’ on sax, flute, harmonica, John ‘JT’ Thomas on keyboards and Lee Thornberg on trumpet and trombone.

Sky King”, telling through song, their personal tales of the human condition of…

“Living, Loving and Losing “

The music sprouting from the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, Sky King definitely qualifies as an old-school blues.

The “Sky King” songs are written and sung by the tall, lanky, lead guitarist, Walter Morosko, who is accompanied by the other tall, lanky rhythm guitarist and life long friend, Garth Farkas, both originally from the Mid-Western city and state of Youngstown, Ohio.

Well-traveled and highly experienced bass player and vocalist, Larry “Fuzzy” Knight, a native of St. Louis, Missouri has been firmly implanted into the concrete and soil of Los Angeles since ’69.

Formerly a member of the legendary rock group, “Spirit”, Fuzzy also arranged and produced the
 ”Morose Tales From The Left Coast” Fuzzy’s experience and musical history reflects his myriad influences and reads like a who’s who of blues and rock legends that he has worked, toured and/or recorded with; Albert King, Little Milton, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Albert Collins, Delaney-Bonnie & Friends,  Jefferson  Airplane’s Grunt Records and Peter Kaukonen’s ” Black Kangaroo”, and, of course “Spirit”. Fuzzy has also been the frontman for one of Los Angeles’ best known Rhythm and Blues Bands for the last 18 years, “Blowin’ Smoke”.

Morose Tales From The Left Coast is thirteen tracks of Rhythm & Blues and if I was guessing the “thirteen” has something to do with these tales of Life, Love and the blues.

The album set the mood with the first Poor House a song about being poor and some of the things you may have to do to escape poverty. Inside out tells of the blues from the inside, and some soul searching. Hollywood the horn section jumps out, it isn’t easy trying to make it in Hollywood and the song weaves the tale of blues and woe. Keep your head up you just might make it, in HOLLYWOOD! Can’t See Nothing Good is as deep in the blues and features a extended guitar solo.

Oxnard /Cahuenga is a song with tales of murder and unlucky circumstance’s.

“Now as I walk out to Cahuenga You can best believe I watch my back”

My favorites is Blue Skies a wonderful ballad, that features a beautifully played flute the made me think back to my younger days listening to Marshall Tucker Band. Waitin’ for My Baby just as the title states he’s wait on his baby, but she’s gone on a extended stay away! From him.

Living the Blues features a well-played trumpet with a mute in the intro sets the song up for traditional Rhythm & Blues with wonderful organ. Forever is love song ,the man is just lost in loving this woman wonderful slide guitar with a little Spanish feel which make’s quite different but in a tasteful way I Love it! When Get Along Lost Girl begins with sweet lead guitar, this is the losing part his woman has run off on him…I got the blues now!…I’m Gone is set up like a gospel minstrel but quickly turn with some organ and electric blues slide, and man sings his deathbed blues. Late Night Phone Call, when a fellow picks on his lady stepping out on him he attempts to give her a chance to change. Alone is a sad tale of being alone and crying out to God to help.

Sky King is an experienced Rhythm & Blues band, delivering a 13 song Cd of Reality of Life, Love & Losing. Horns, organs, guitar and off course strong bass & drum foundation lets the guitarist and vocal soar high on all these tunes. Sky King Delivers a CD with a full band sound not overly processed with studio tricks but with straight up good musicianship and strong songwriting something that seems to be lacking in some genres of music today.Sky King Hits it out of the park with Morose Tales From The Left Coast!

 
 

Vintage Rock

Morose Tales From The Left Coast

Sky King

Where have I heard this before? It sounds familiar, yet at the same time it is new. Sky King's Morose Tales From The Left Coast is not one of those albums you have to listen to 10 times for it to hit and stick. Right at track one - "Poor House" - I knew that I would be in no hurry to enjoy this CD. I was glued. Sky King is, aside from additional studio musicians, features Walter Morosko on lead vocals and guitar, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (of Spirit) on bass, and Garth Farkas on rhythm guitar. Lee Thornberg and Jimmy "Z" hammer out passionate notes on the trumpet and sax, respectively. It's an orchestra sound without all the baggage.

The entire album sounds like a "best of," but this is their debut release! I gave it no less than 15 listenings in the house, the office, car, walking. I haven't been this impressed with new music in a long time. To the newcomer, my review style isn't focused upon interpreting what each song means inasmuch as assessing the collective talent of the artists. These guys are the real deal. These guys are Artists.

"Poor House" delivers very gritty and grinding vocals. If the rest of the disc continued revealing Morosko's passionate vocals, the rest of this review would have been easy. I was wrong. There are so many elements this band introduces that to share the accolades seems only fitting. "Hollywood" and "Can't See Nothing Good" both have a Robert Cray element. I admit "Can't See Nothing Good" is my favorite track on the disc. What I'm hearing sounds fresh, yet at the same time it sounds so familiar. That's where Sky King nails it: Creating fresh material employing elements people are accustomed to hearing. What I found most interesting as I listened for the umpteenth time is how the band authors lyrics that are not only thought-provoking, but also paint terrific pictures in Technicolor. Think smoky underground club... the sound... they are the band.

The trumpet on "Oxnard/Cahuenga" kills! I imagine these guys putting on a show analogous to Bruno Mars-meets-the-Blues-Brothers-meets-Sky-King. Morosko was right at home with the lead efforts - very fluid, inspiring and right on the money. This should be a radio hit. Twenty seconds into "Blue Skies" had me thinking Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young. I'll be honest with the reader: Never have I heard a CD that so resonated, that seemed to draw upon enlightening topics and ideas, and compared it to music legends. Sky King has an all-theirs unique sound that draws in the listener with reminiscence pokes. I'm full of holes.

"Waitin' For My Baby" has that immediate get-off-your-ass encouragement, then blends into the lets-just-melt-like-jello lead guitar, rousting me right back on the office floor. "Living The Blues" has a vaudeville-ish sound to these ears. Think Rat Pack and the Doors. This track captures the great harmonies, which surface more as the disc unfolds. "Forever" takes me back to 1976-77 Jefferson Starship. What a dreamy sound Sky King attain on this track. Mellow. Cloudy. Little bit of Bossa Nova to it. The delicate lead, established with what sounds like a 12-string, found me thinking of a slow dance on some Jamaican island.

"Get Along Lost Girl" reminds me of Atlanta Rhythm Section? "I'm Gone" has that old down south sound. I'm picturing a smoky speakeasy with Sky King at the helm and it's smoky. I see lots of smoke. Lots of gangsters with black suits and ladies in white chiffon. I don't often use the word chiffon. "I'm Gone" is that good. "Late Night Phone Call" calls in a little melancholy, alerting the listener to hunker down because the show almost is over. A slow crawl replete with the horn section making their nod. Fuzzy was efficient tempering out a solid bass line, deft percussion keeping everything on time, and Farkas driving the trio with his skillful rhythm.

"Alone" I swear has no comparison. It's original sounding with an evenly shared spotlight... no one over-posering the other, which seems a fitting close to the disc. These guys gel. Morose Tales From The Left Coast is a home run. This isn't one of those discs you "hear about" and are "encouraged" to purchase, only to find the material isn't appealing and you're left with a coaster. This is not one of those discs. Far from it. Every song seems to have been calculated to deliver the listener to the scene - the scene written into the song. How these guys massaged lyrics to tell little stories, weaving them to an unwelcome conclusion (I wanted the disc to be lengthier). I tried to find demerits (Hey, it's my job. I'm a critic. Everybody is.), but could find none. I kept waiting for "that" track that would have me shaking my head with an "I knew it..." mentality. Not this time around. Pick it up. I'd be surprised if you weren't in agreement with me.

~ James P. Shelley

Buddhaman radio show

Music Connection

Album Review: 

Sky King-

 Morose Tales from the Left Coast

SKY KING MOROSE TALES FROM THE LEFT COAST CD COVER ART

Morose Tales from the Left Coast • Sky King • Blowin’ Smoke Records** • Producer: Larry “Fuzzy” Knight • Score: 8 out of 10

Larry “Fuzzy” Knight brings his classic rock/ blues/soul amalgam to this all-original project. Songs are laced with a tinge of melancholy, but also a lot of grit, reality, heart and good intentions. Lead vocalist/guitarist Walter Morosko is a fine wordsmith and, better than most, uses his raspy tenor to depict various aspects of the human condition. Lee Thornberg’s horn arrangements give things a vintage Tower of Power/Blood, Sweat & Tears vibe. Some grooves can be a bit similar and tedious at times, but, overall, an ambitious and refreshing take on blues-based rock. – Eric A. Harabadian

** The print version of this review attributes Rough Trade Records for the release when it was actually Blowin’ Smoke Records

Music News Nashville

The music of Southern California based trio Sky King definitely qualifies as an old-school romp through the blues. Walter Morosko leads a tasty romp through the Blues, and his bandmates – guitarist Garth Farkas and bass player Larry Knight – give him the support he needs to weave a audio painting of soul-drenched R&B the way that it used to be.

Kicking off with the electric “Poor House,” the listener knows at once that they are off on a stroll through some of the best blues that they have heard in a while. The track definitely has a roadhouse swagger sound that shines brightly.

And, it only gets better. The band goes for the same touch on the alluring “Inside Out,” keeping the momentum going equally as strong. In addition to Morosko’s entertaining vocals, the instrumentation is not to be denied – with some scorching guitar work coming on “Oxnard / Cahuenga,” “Waitin’ For My Baby,” and “Late Night Phone Call,” which stands as one of the most entertaining cuts on the album,

The band also fares well when they let things simmer a bit, as they do on the slower and restrained “Forever” and “Alone,” both of which will astonish you with their dazzling musicianship. If you like your blues old-style,  this is for you!

Examiner.com

If you “Can’t See Nothing Good” then you need to check out Sky King and their debut disc Morose Tales From The Left Coast. This 13-track work is the work of a talented trio consisting of Walter Morosko (lead vocals and guitar), producer Larry “Fuzzy” Knight (bass) and Garth Farkas (rhythm guitar). To flesh out the fantasy they are backed by Chris Rose (drums and percussion), John “JT” Thomas (keys), Lee Thornberg (trumpet and trombone) and Jimmy “Z” (sax, flute and harmonica).                                   

The album opens on “Poor House”. It’s a track that leads off with a bit of blues but rocks as things progress. It’s one of the few tracks here that is not purely a Morosko-Knight number as it includes lyrics by Rex Martin. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Free.

“Inside Out” comes in next. It’s basically a funky flashback of sorts that makes good use of the guest brass. You can dance to it, too. At this point it becomes obvious these artists are in California as they move into the jazzy “Hollywood” which seems to have a bit of Steely Dan in it.

We know the routine—chasing your dreams, following your star, everything that glitters isn’t gold but the music makes it work so it still works. Besides, it’s balanced out with “Can’t See Nothing Good” which gives you an idea of what really happens to some of those dream-chasers. California cuts continue on “Oxnard/Cahuenga” that initially brings it down a notch and maintains its own musical identity while providing the fairy tale with even more hardcore reality.

“Blue Skies” has an Allman Brothers aspect to it with all the guitar work. The flute, however, makes it work as an original. It’s appropriately light and airy and brings things back up again after the previous work.

The seventh selection is “Waitin’ For My Baby”. It’s gritty blues rock that would probably be even better live. It features lyrics by Martin.

“Living The Blues” is a bit expected but the band plays it to own and enjoy it so that makes all the difference.“Forever" follows and features a Latin-like beat and Wynne Paris on sarod which gives it its own identity. “Get Along Lost Girl” moves in with some pop-tinged blues rock in this do it or lose it anthem.

“I’m Gone” features David Jackson with some noteworthy Cajun accordion on a cut that includes what might be called a bit of Brit blues rock. It’s one of those dark, dingy dive ditties that is sure to become a fan favorite.“Late Night Phone Call” musically recalls that unsettling feeling of impending doom.

The closing cut, “Alone”, is an apt album end-note that perfectly reflects the –morose tale told throughout the playlist. Still, the message is perhaps honest but not overdone but when the closing cut closes we are all indeed left alone. Check out Sky King’s Morose Tales From The Left Coast. If you start to dig it don’t worry. You’re not “Alone”.

My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.

National Rock Review

Take three long lived storytellers who have lived to the fullest expressing their take on life from the business side of the stage, and you have the vibe that sets the pace for Sky King's latest release Morose Tales From The Left Coast. Comprised of bassist and vocalist Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, lead guitarist Walter Morosko, and Garth Farkas on rhythm guitar, the members of Sky King have seen it all from the biggest arenas to the dustiest floors in backwoods bars and brought their stories of life alive on this release. Rounding out the rest of the band are Lee Thornberg on trumpet and trombone; Jimmy "Z" on sax, flute, harmonica; John "JT" Thomas on keyboards; and Chris Ross on drums.

This is not an album that carries any weight of pretentiousness to it, but rather one of honest and integrity, of telling it like it is as simple as can be. But don't let that fool you in to thinking this is just a hastily thrown together arrangement of tunes from a few guys looking to make a buck in their golden years. This is a serious album with passion and heartfelt emotion without over complicating itself. Composed with care, feeling and sincerity, each song segues in to the next easily without an abrupt change in atmosphere. The underlying current of this album that ties it all together are the musings on the eddies of life. Memories recounted in a bluesy, upbeat sound with a somber dash of melancholy thrown in here and there to keep it humble.

The music on this album is easily accessible without being condescending or playing to the lowest common denominator. The combined decades of talent from the members of this band really shine through in the tightness and well thought out arrangements of the tracks. It's effortless, it flows across the ears in a soothing, serene feeling of tranquility. It's the sort of album you'd want to sit on your back deck and sip a cold beer to as the coals of the grill turn to ash and the sun sets.

Poor House kicks off the album with a mournful blues riff with a smattering of keys that leads the song into an indifferent "so what?" attitude. The entire band quickly jumps in on the rest of the song to really shift it in to fifth gear.

Inside Out follows up on the intro track with a retrospective look at things that could have been, with a wistful crooning chorus that's underwritten by the foggy bottom blues of the bass and punctuated with the crisp accent of horns.

Hollywood, the third track on here, is a typical tale of life out on the West Coast as told from the perspective of time. Lives coming and going, fortunes sought, battles fought, and ultimately a reflection of those who chase their dreams in the big city. The lively played instruments in this song belie the underlying truth that everything that glitters isn't always gold

Can't See Nothing Good follows up on the preceding track, perhaps from the vantage point of someone who might have chased those dreams and fallen short. One of the more bluesy and soulful tracks on this set, it's slows down the pace to a more soul searching pace.

Oxnard Cahuenga tones it down even more with an ominous bell tolling in the background against the heavy laden bass before launching in to rapid beat, showcasing the trials and tribulations of life in Oxnard on the south side of Venture beach. A tragic song of the senseless loss of lives wasted for naught.

Blue Skies lifts the mood of the album back up again at it's midpoint. A light and airy song permeated in the forefront with flutes and hopeful piano, the vocals in this track drive home that sense that hope is never to be given up. To keep looking within and above to find the solace you need to carry on even when all seems lost. It's a welcome change of pace to offset the emotional weight that led to this point.

Waitin' For My Baby gets down to it with a gritty, gravely vocalized prose coupled with a danceable rhythm that is certain to pull the crowds off the bar-stools and on to well worn wood planked dance floors in roadhouses everywhere.

Livin' The Blues. Playing on a more positive approach to a blues song than one would expect, the guitar really stands up on this one, with a non-stop melodic scale that emanates from start to finish, leading me to feel that the character isn't really living the blues so much as enjoying them.

Forever croons out a soulful lament to one's object of desire, capitalized with soaring vocals and some beautiful finger picking on guitar.

Get Along Lost Girl seems to follow up on Forever with a scornful, matter-of-fact realization that love is being lost. Lay it on the line or get along with your indecision.

I'm Gone follows the path of of a man looking back at the carelessness of youth, fearless, unafraid, dealing with bad decisions made along the way, that portend the imminent dues to be paid for them. Seedy, sleazy, dark and dingy, it portrays a dark side of a life gone astray. One can almost see the demons dancing on the keys of the piano, the fire licking at his soul as his woes are recounted.

Late Night Phone Call slowly winds it's way in with an uneasy feeling of bad news to come. The horns and harmonica early on bring a sinking feeling of dread and unease right from the start. A song about mistrust and uncertainty, living in doubt of a relationship about to go sour.

Alone, the final cut on this release, sums up the ongoing feeling of life, loss, dreams and hopes that intertwine throughout each of the former tracks on this album. A fitting and morose end to this collection of songs, it leaves the listener with a sense of feeling that truly, we are all alone and that our lot in life is up to each of us to make what we will of it.


Michael "Mick" McDonald
Owner/Managing Director

Xombiewoof Magazine

 

 

CD Review by Joseph Timmons - Xombiewoof Magazine.

Big Bad Blues, with a Whole Lotta Soul, Rocketing to the Top!

What happens when you get together a trio of musicians who have seen all, been all, yet have a whole world more to give - looking into the mirror of the self and telling the story true… you get Sky King!

Sky King is a bad to the bone group that have come together to bring the bar room blues sound back to the masses, with deep meaningful lyrics and well balance sound, this CD Morose Tales From The Left Coast is the assembly of the luckiest 13 tracks of bad news to sweet tunes possible. A musical score of upbeat rhythms often paired with dark and ominous words that make you sit up and notice that life has its ups and downs, but some downs are just down and out.

SKYKINGMOROSETALESFROMTHELEFTCOASTCDCOVERARTNow, before you wonder what I may have been smoking, I will lay it down straight for you, Rockin’ Guitar Blues is not supposed to be a happy dance to the stars of Hollywood Boulevard, but a way of saying “be grateful for what you have, cause you may not have it long”. Each track is a testament to the vision of a world gone mad, from the trials of a destitute soul in the song “Poor House” to the feelings of emptiness in “Blue Skies” to lucky number 13 “Alone”, you wonder why would someone write an album that reminds us that there is a cold, cold world out there under the California sun, the answer - because they can, and they do it “Hot Damn Well”.

Walter Morosko, Garth Farkas and Larry “Fuzzy” Knight make up the core of Sky King, and with the talents of “Spirits Rebellious” ( Lee Thornberg, Jimmy “Z”, John “JT” Thomas and Chris Ross on drums) the entirety of the group creates a sound that swells and breaks the beat out. A quote from the CD “The songs are defined by years of paying dues”. So often some come to California, specifically Los Angeles, and they travel with stars in their eyes and think it’s going to be easy to make it big, only some never make it to the 2nd floor, and some never make it home. Such as in the song “Hollywood”, we hear that the only stars you see are the ones in the pavement or the ones in the sky you see when you’re laid out on the ground and sleeping in the street. Yet, harping on the decline and destitution of the left-turn civilization ( not western, “left=turn”… just keeping with the spirit of the title) Sky Kings tells you that it may be bad, it may get worse, but there is always hope, and no matter how small that hope may be, just a glimpse of it can save your soul.

I wonder if Sky King would say “if you make it in LA, with only one eye, one arm and one leg, at least you made it out alive, and things are truly only half as bad as it could be. So I say you should raise a beer to the air and thank your heavenly host that whatever your problems may be, they could be the lyrics to the next Sky King Song. Morose Tales From The Left Coast is produced by Larry “Fuzzy” Knight for Sky King Productions and available on Blowing Smoke Records in Van Nuys California. Just catch a ride on Sky King’s Rocket, their tank is full and loaded for bear; let their music get you off this 3rd rock from the sun, Squares Ville of the universe.

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 SKY KING 

MOROSE TALES FROM THE LEFT COAST 

BLOWIN SMOKE RECORDS SKCD-201 

POOR HOUSE–INSIDE OUT–HOLLYWOOD–CAN’T SEE NOTHING GOOD–OXNARD/CAHUENGA–BLUE SKIES–WAITIN FOR MY BABY–LIVING THE BLUES–FOREVER–GET ALONG LOST GIRL–I’M GONE–LATE NIGHT PHONE CALL–ALONE 

Out of the clear blue San Fernando Valley of Southern California comes Sky King, a band that will remind many of groups such as Pacific Gas and Electric and Tower Of Power, who combine a struttin’ horn section along with the standard guitars, bass, and drums. Their debut is entitled “Morose Tales From The Left Coast”‘ and it’s a real barn-burner! 

There are thirteen original cuts herein, all written by lead guitarist Walter Morosko. Joining him are lifelong friend Garth Farkas on rhythm guitar, with Fuzzy Knight on bass, Chris Ross on drums, Lee Thornberg on trombone Jimmy Z on sax and harp, and JT Thomas on keys. These songs all deal with the trials and tribulations of everyday living and “just gettin’ by,” with that thread of eternal hope that things have got to get better in a little while. 

Walter has one of those growling, blues-perfect voices, and the arrangements on these cuts run down the blues-rock path, with touches of soul and funk for good measure. Leading off is the tale of a man so far down that his house “has no ceiling, no floors, no walls and no doors,” 

making him one of the many victims of today’s ecomomy who feel they are trapped in the “Poor House.” The horns ride over Walter and Garth’s guitar lines, keeping this one grooving along. “Hollywood” paints a picture of a city so big that it merely has a population instead of people, who are all just “part of the crowd.” A surreal guitar, flute, and keys intro and outro seeks out a brighter day, where the answer lies “up above, in the Blue Skies.” The set closes with the poignancy of “Alone,” where Walter laments “I’m just a broken man lookin’ for a place,” and seeks divine direction. 

We had two favorites, too. A hellhound-on-my-tail slide permeates Walter’s story of choices and their subsequent consequences in “I’m Gone”‘ Brush-stroked drums and muted trumpet kick off the band’s foray into the jazzy swing of another hard-luck story brought on be the challenges of life, aptly-titled, “Living The Blues.” 

Sky King strives to bring the feel of their live shows into the studio, so listeners can enjoy the music the way it was created. “Morose Tales From The Left Coast” does just that, thru the band’s passion for their music and their consummate musicianship! 

Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society. 

Boomercity.com

Morose Tales From The Left Coast
Sky King
Label: Blowin' Smoke Records
Reviewed: January 12, 2013 

 

 

What would one get if a creative scientist mixed in equal parts of Steely Dan, R&B and Rock? You would get the SoCal band, Sky King.

I know what you baby boomers are thinking. You’re thinking that this is a band that somehow commemorates the Sky King television series that was so popular during the entire decade of the 50’s.  No, this Sky King consists of lead guitarist, Walter Morosko, rhythm guitarist, Garth Farkas, and a former bassist for the legendary rock group, Spirit, Larry “Fuzzy” Knight. 

Together, the dynamic trio has just released their thirteen song debut album, Morose Tales From The Left Coast.  And what an album it is!

The album opens with a tune, Poor House, (that, at first, reminded me of Free’s All Right Now) which is undoubtedly gets crowds on their feet and closes with the slow, bluesy Alone.  In between are eleven superbly written and performed tunes that are chock full of great horn and percussion work. 

The three randomly chosen Boomerocity favorites from Morose Tales From The Left Coast are:

  • ·       The lively and very danceable Inside Out.  Morosko’s smooth vocals are showcased nicely as is the excellent musicianship by the rest of the band.
  • ·       The Marshall Tucker-esque Blue Skies.  This fully backed song could also be nicely performed acoustically without losing its punch. 
  • ·       Living the Blues has got a nice Stray Cats vibe to it. Smooth, slinky, and uber cool.  This would be THE Boomerocity favorite.
To see where Sky King will be performing and what the latest happenings with the band are, you can visit their website (www.skykingrockband.com) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SkyKingRockBand) .

 

 

Written by Randy Patterson
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BMANS BLUES REPORT

I just received the most recent release, Morose Tales From The Left Coast, by Sky King. A loose blues party rock band, Sky King is Garth Farkas and Walter Morosko, both guitar players and bass player Larry "Fuzzy" Knight. Opening with Poor House, the band does a straight up rock track sounding a bit like Free. Dance number Inside Out has a bit of funk and a solid sax solo by Jimmy "Z". Hollywood has a jazz/rock Steely Dan kind of melody again featuring nice sax work from Jimmy "Z". Can't See Nothing Good has a Otis Rush sound but with horns instead of guitar although Morosko does rip a nice solo on this track. Drums are handled by Chris Ross, brass by LeeThornberg.Oxnard/Cahuenga is another jazz/rock like track with some nice brass work from Thornberg. Blue Skies has twin lead guitar work (a la Allman Bros) and a laid back pace with flute icing by Jimmy "Z". This is an interesting ballad and I think possibly the best radio track on the release. Waitin' For My Baby has a funk rock beat and a cool hook. Thomas does some nice piano work on this track and Knight and Ross each add cool flare. An interesting guitar solo from Moroskos tops the track. Living The Blues is a jazz style track with a solid walking bass line and full horn section. Moroskos takes a nice guitar interlude on this track as well.Forever has a Latin beat and a sweet melody plus a Sarod solo by Wynne Paris. Get Along Lost Girl is a solid blues/rock track with that pop sound. Clean guitar riffs carry the melody push the envelope. I'm Gone has some interesting slide work and and a cool British blues rock beat. Possibly my favorite track, it also features David Jackson on Cajun Accordion. Late Night Phone Call opens with Jimmy "Z" on soulful harp and a real nice bass and drums vamp. This is continued throughout and the harp work is really quite interesting with over a very solid mix. Rock ballad Alone wraps the release. Featuring both a hard driving feature as well as a quiet melodic break, this is a fitting close of the release. 

 

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