The DOVES

 

By and By

by The Doves

Released 2018
Released 2018
The DOVES offer something new, and something vintage, with their “By and By” collection. Eight songs that range from Moody Blues-ish pop/rock [“By and By”, “Being Or Not (Being)”]; to 70s dance funk (“Let me Go”); to Nashville-flavored “gently sardonic” (“Facebook Famous”); the award-winning “Confession”; and a timeless ballad (“Kiernan”). With two ‘80s era DIY bonus tracks, for good measure [“Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)”; “By and By (1989)”].
NOTES
The DOVES 14th release is their second album compilation, and first since 2014’s “Day (One)”. “By and By” finds the duo looking backward and forward: the titular track, for example, is offered as both an updated version of a track from the couple’s “salad days”; as well as the original track, featuring Trena on bass, David Goldberg on drums, and William Barton on lead guitar [“By and By (1989)” — mastered, as all tracks are, by the incomparable Joey Stuckey]. “Facebook Famous” turns a gently sardonic eye toward the vagaries of social media. “Let Me Go” features 70s-style dance-funk rhythms, with a special guest appearance by “Charleston Heston” delivering spoken, un-ironic modus profundo. “Confession” reprises the award-winning rumination on loss and betrayal, soon to be featured on the “Macon Music v. III” compilation. “Kiernan” is Trena’s sweet ode to her 2-year-old grandson. “Being Or Not (Being)”, like “By and By”, harkens back to the couple’s early days; another Moody Blues-ish romp that asks the age-old question posed by Shakespeare’s Danish prince in “Hamlet”:

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?"

The addition of the bonus track “Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)” rounds out the collection: a Jam-inspired, genetically Southern (i.e., early REM-ish) pop-rocker produced for a local music video show during Macon, Georgia (USA)’s nascent alt-rock days.

All tracks are available as YouTube videos. Links are at The DOVES website, or urls may be copied and pasted, below. Much more info is accessible in the comments for the videos; many of which link to blog entries on the website.

We hope you enjoy spanning the over 30 years that this body of work represents. Thank you, and God bless —

Wade and Trena, The DOVES
www.thedovesamerica.com

"By and By"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovtY4M-Mvkw

"Facebook Famous"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1pUKXboAIQ&feature=youtu.be

"Let Me Go"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfUEVkDOgNY

"Confession"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_kwsgkx9Hg

"Kiernan"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JLsb7VNTgM

"Being Or Not (Being)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqUXX7Z-QSY&t=29s

"Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3avKBeXa6U

"By and By (1989)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd3NrNRwkAM