The Blue Shadows, On The Floor of Heaven
August 27, 2010
Virginia Beach, Virginia
On The Floor of Heaven is considered by many of those who got to hear it upon its initial release in 1993 as one of the great, unheralded achievements of the alt-country movement. The roots rock masterpiece is now reissued as a two-disc Deluxe Edition via Bumstead Records. Formed in the early 1990s, The Blue Shadows consisted of guitarist and singer Billy Cowsill (now deceased) – who began his career as leader of the legendary American bubblegum group The Cowsills and roots rocker Jeffrey Hatcher – who enjoyed cult success in the 1980s fronting Jeffrey Hatcher & The Big Beat. Together with drummer J.B. Johnson and bassist Elmar Spanier (later replaced by Barry Muir), the quartet forged a style built on the rustic sounds of classic country fused with the pop sensibility of The Beatles and tight harmony vocals that have drawn flattering comparisons to the Everly Brothers. Disc one is the complete original album while disc two has some great cover tunes, lost B-sides and other gems!