Sad Bastards of Brooklyn (from the album Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, Volume Two) - If the crew traveling to Oz were a duo, they would be Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, with the man behind the curtain as Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel. Together they create a magical world that transforms all songs that enter its realm on Volume Two in their series, completing their journey into fantasy with a version of Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the album. Sad Bastards of Brooklyn is an acoustic side project for Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner, whose day gig is in the NYC Indie bandSpanking Charlene. They went back to producer Eric Ambel for their second installment of covers as the Sad Bastards. Volume Two uses music to sooth savage beasts as its covers hard rockers Thin Lizzy and Motorhead and adds bite to 60’s Pop with the demands of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me”.
Sad Bastards of Brooklyn wrap messages in chord strums to keep the rhythm, supporting powerful vocals that easily reach the back row.Volume Two presents truisms, reminding that “We’re All Gonna Die Someday” on a version of the Kasey Chambers tune, shares Bobby Bland’s opinions in “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”, goes “Crazy” with a song from Patsy Cline, and keeps William Bell’s promise that “Everybody Loves a Winner”. The tracks on Volume Two offer longing and loss as they “Hasten Down the Wind” with the Warren Zevon’s tune, shuffle the deck with Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”, and close out their second collection of acoustic tracks with a tune penned by the Sad Bastards with “Oh Brooklyn”.