Welcome to Discovery Park


Welcome to Discovery Park, Brad’s third release had a long journey home.

Brad, considered a “super-group” by industry reps, consists of Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, Satchel’s Shawn Smith on vocals and Ragan Hagar drumming. Ironically, they were without a record label until just three weeks before Discovery Park‘s release. No matter their label worries, Brad has created an enjoyable album rooted in classic rock with hints of R&B.

Welcome to Discovery Park at times feels like an expensive, over-the-top record from a 1970s classic rock group. The first single, “Brothers and Sisters,” builds to a slow, raucous chorus while giving us an anthem for the ideal family. “Shinin'” draws heavily on rock’s early days as an offshoot of rhythm and blues.

The album even has a few ’70s-style ballads. “Never Let Each Other Down” offers beautiful, ethereal harmonics, placing the listener in a near trance. Its companion piece, “If You Could Make It Good,” continues the melancholy but maintains a sense of hope. It builds to a crescendo of Smith’s stuttering piano and Hagar’s accented drums, and then very easily, and just as quickly, retreats.

No doubt, Welcome to Discovery Park cements Brad as a very capable, energetic and versatile rock band.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Violinist Gregory Harrington
    Violinist Gregory Harrington

    Renowned violinist Gregory Harrington unveils how he chose elegant covers on his new album Without You.

  • Sparks

    A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG). Review by Generoso Fierro.

  • Lucifer Star Machine
    Lucifer Star Machine

    Devil’s Breath (Sign Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Let My Daughter Go
    Let My Daughter Go

    The latest from Creston Mapes, “Let My Daughter Go” delivers everything his dedicated disciples have come to expect – inspiring heroes and despicable villains, along with plenty of action and non-stop tension.

  • Iron City Houserockers
    Iron City Houserockers

    Have a Good Time, But Get Out Alive (Cleveland International). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Carleen Williams
    Carleen Williams

    “Home Stretch”. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Dennis and Lois
    Dennis and Lois

    Music superfans Lois and Dennis have been attending concerts and befriending musicians since the ’70s. The couple shares their obsessive music fandom with the rest of the world in this quirky, charming documentary.

  • COVID Diary #3
    COVID Diary #3

    Forced isolation, too much coffee and a stack of records result in a batch of attention deficit record reviews.

  • Beach Slang
    Beach Slang

    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Monks Road Social
    Monks Road Social

    Humanism (Monk’s Road Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives