What the Critics are saying about the bands second release: "Heading South"
"Tony Merando can sing. Man, can he sing. He exhibits flashes of Dwight Yoakam and Raul Malo, yet retains his own identity. And the rest of the Dutchess County-based Crossroads Band performs at his level, providing perfect mainstream country backup with flashy but not overdone solos from guitarist Ben Ribble. “Red Hot Woman” veers from the country tack by going full-tilt rockabilly and it succeeds on all fronts, lyrically as well as musically, by staying true to formula. Any one of these tunes would sound great on the radio."
"Heading South is competently played contemporary country music, fit
as the fiddle played by guest musician Dave Mason. The Crossroads Band
are undeniably skilled, but more importantly they sound as though
they’re having a good time."
"I really enjoyed listening to your song, Crazy For Loving you. Thanks for the
listen. Your verse melody is solid and your chorus is beautiful and
catchy. Your lyrics have a clever twist and they are well crafted. A
stellar effort in the production and outer sonic view looking in with
top notch playing and singing here in the presentation of the song, an
excellent band. '
"The Crossroads Band/Heading South
"The Crossroads Band Heading South
Often groups such as this make the mistake of cooking their goodies
too raw or adding too much sauce to the mix. The Crossroads Band have
found the center, showing us how they can stomp the floor with your
ass but keeping the tunes as melodic and hook-filled as they can be.
Singer Tony Merando has us completely moved, making our hearts tap and
not just our feet."
"The Crossroads lads have palpable chemistry; nobody is trying to show
off over the others here. Theirs is a tight unit, one that has placed
songwriting as a high priority, and listeners will be blessed with
What the Critics are saying about the bands debut CD "Crossroads":
EXCELLENT RECORD WITH A COOL APPETIZING SOUND. GREAT"
"FREE MAN" - #6 ON BLUSES CHART 7/2/04
"FREE MAN" - WINNER BEST BLUES SONG
"STINGNIG LICKS COURTESY OF LEAD GUITARIST BEN RIBBLE RUN THROUGHOUT THE DISK AND SOAR ON "YOU BROKE ME" AND THE OPENING TRACK "FREE MAN"
"GREAT GUITAR PLAING, GREAT PERFORMANCE, THIS STUFF IS GREAT"
"GOOD MUSIC GUYS, KEEP IT UP"
"MUSIC IS VERY WELL DONE, EXCELLENT GROUP, REALLY NICE GUITAR WORK"
"REALLY FINE GUITAR FLASHES, PLENTY OF BLUES'ROCK AND R&B, ENJOY!!!!"