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Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach at the Focal Point, April 23, 2011

Beyond Reach along with opening act Emily and John Higgins appeared at the Focal Point Saturday April 23, 2011.

Larry Lee and Randle Chowning ( two original founding members of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils) brought their new group, Beyond Reach, to the Focal Point. The group consists of Larry Lee onvocals, guitar and percussion, Randle Chowning on vocals, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, David Wilson on vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and George Horne on vocals and bass. Their new music is an exquisite blend of country, rock, pop, and bluegrass, all rolled into one, with an occasional Daredevils song thrown in for good measure.Add an Image
Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman

The near capacity audience at the Focal Point was treated to two sets of music. Many in the crowd were unfamiliar with Beyond Reach’s music, this being only the fourth gig the group has performed. Hearts and minds were quickly won over. Four part harmonies and excellent musicianship are extremely compelling.
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman
Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman

The first set opened with “Hey Hi”, followed by a Larry Lee song, “Younger Years”, a song about the optimism of youth and relationships in general. The soaring four part harmonies of the chorus are amazing to hear, almost choir like. Simply beautiful!
Randle Chowning’s “Tornado Alley” was next, a fitting song for the evening given the havoc wreaked on the St. Louis area the previous night [tornado damage around the St. Louis metro area].  “Good Enough For Now”, a song written and performed by David Wilson, is a gem. It’s a story of the compromises we all face while attempting to live our dreams. His soulful vocal, the background harmonies and harmonica bridge all contribute to bringing a tear to one’s eye. Two songs, “The Ghost of Perryville” and “You Don’t Need It”, the latter a hauntingly beautiful song that defies genre, closed the first set.
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman
Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Barbra Wiseman

As the second set opened, the audience, now enthralled by this talented group of musicians, was ready to party. Beyond Reach was up to the task.
After a tune called “I’ve Got A Notion”, the group delighted the crowd with a three song Daredevil set: “Whippoorwill”, a rarely performed song, “Within Without” and “Country Girl”, the latter two being from the Dares first L.P. Two other highlights of the set were Larry Lee’s “Everybody Crawls Home Once” and Randle Chowning’s “Waiting On The Sun”, which is the title track of their new EP.
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman
Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach. Photo credit: © Michael Wiseman

They closed the set with “Hey Boys”, but the now electrified crowd wouldn’t hear of it. Returning to the stage, the group ripped into “If You Want To Get To Heaven” with clapping and shouts of “You’ve Got To Raise a Little Hell” by the audience. A good time was had by all! Here’s wishing continued success to Beyond Reach and their new EP, “Waiting On The Sun”. Tremendous show, guys! A two hour piece of musical Heaven!
Set One:
1. Hey Hi
2. Younger Years
3. Tornado Alley
4. Good Enough For Now
5. Leatherwood
6. Mr. Powell
7. The Ghost Of Perryville
8. You Don’t Need It
Set Two:
1. I’ve Got A Notion
2. Whippoorwill
3. Within Without
4. Country Girl
5. Everybody Crawls Home Once
6. Mary Beth
7. Waiting On The Sun
8. Hey Boys
Encore:
If You Want To Get To Heaven
A Note of Thanks goes to Ellen Light of the Focal Point staff for her help and support. The venue exists for the promotion of folk music and the arts.
The Focal Point is located in the heart of Mapelwood on Sutton Ave. Check it out!
Find out more about Beyond Reach at their official website: http://www.beyondreachmusic.com/
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Review and photos by Michael Wiseman and Barbra Wiseman

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