Fast and Blue
Review by Mark Johnson
2KX is the permanent band formed from the recent international prog endeavor, Lisa LaRue Project 2K9. Lisa La Rue, an Oklahoma Music Awards' Native American Artist of the Year, is the leader and keyboardist for the band. The band also includes John Payne, (former lead singer of Asia), on vocals, Steve Adams, on guitars and bass and Merrill Hale on drums from the Portland, Oregon band ARZ. Cellist Mike Alvarez adds depth and mood to the music. There are several noted guest artists on this album including; Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter Group, MSG, Cher and more), Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists, and many more), Michael Sadler (Saga), Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard and GPS) and Maxi Nil (Visions of Atlantis).
The album kicks off with a major epic after the soft opening intro of “Mystery of the Rose,” and never lets go of your psyche or ears as prog epic after epic unfolds in this seven song story. Fast and Blue is an explosive and dynamic album that will thrill and bring back many memories from the legends of the past, while still remaining original.