Blending the classic harmonies of Laurel Canyon, circa ’73, with 21st century pop melodies and a relentless touring schedule, the Northstar Session continue to build a loyal following, show-by-show, song-by-song.
The seed of the Northstar Session was planted five years ago when Kane McGee and Matt Szlachetka met at a recording date and decided to take a shot at some songwriting sessions. Through mutual friends, keyboardist Dave Basaraba joined the fray and the Northstar Session was born.
Five hundred live dates and three albums later, the world is starting to hear what we discovered a few years ago at an intimate little session they did for some radio folks: these guys write great melodies and knock out some mean harmonies.
“Late Bloomer,” the title cut from their latest set, is a perfect example of they bring to your ears. Boasting Eagles-like harmonies throughout, the song is about setting free the past and seizing the opporuntities that stand before you. A nice medium tempo toe-tapper, we like it mixed with old school cowboy rockers like Poco, songwriting geniuses Difford and Tilbrook and new school popsters like Ben Lee and John Mayer.
In fact, their songwriting reminds is a lot of Squeeze and Jackson Browne, good company for a bunch of “late blooming” songwriters. Late bloomers, maybe, but the time has come for the world to point their compasses toward the Northstar Session.