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Skip Friel: Press

"Singer/songwriter Skip Friel uses his ten-track CD, "Twilight Red Sky," to take listeners on a journey down the back roads of Americana. Friel's guitar work is exceptional and the mix is nearly perfect. If radio station The Coast were still around, "Twilight Red Sky" would be a natural for heavy play list rotation."
Jeff Maisey - Virginian-Pilot (Jan 19, 2007)

Hundreds of local musicians and fans turned up at the Granby Theater in downtown Norfolk last Thursday for the third annual Port Folio Weekly Local Music Awards. It was, as one of our staff members put it the next day, a "kick-booty show." Acoustic/Folk and Album of the Year nominees Skye Zentz and Skip Friel stole the show with their quirky version of Hall & Oates’ "Maneater," featuring Friel on acoustic guitar and Zentz on ukulele (and decked out in full-on funky Material Girl regalia).

The Editors - Port Folio Weekly (Mar 18, 2008)

The Year in Local Music: "From such quality albums as Skip Friel's "Twilight Red Sky," the Hampton Roads music scene hit some high notes in 2007."

"Things are looking up for singer/songwriter Skip Friel."
Bill Bass - Port Folio Weekly (Jul 10, 2007)
“Local fans should especially appreciate one of Friel’s tracks, ‘Virginia Beach Blues.’
Phyllis Speidel - The Beacon (Jun 10, 2007)
Making air waves:
"Acoustic-pop artist Skip Friel, no stranger to local radio…”
Jeff Maisey - Virginian-Pilot (Mar 16, 2007)

Meet the Band - Skip Friel & the Resonators: “Friel’s smoky vocals complement the band’s eclectic sound.”

DeAnne M. Bradley - Link Magazine (Jul 9, 2008)
Radio, radio:
Skip Friel continues to hear material from his "Twilight Red Sky" spun.
Jeff Maisey - (Jun 16, 2007)
Brothers Skip and Randy Friel have released a 16-track album of fresh holiday music called “Evergreen Christmas.” The Virginia Beach-based musicians mix a variety of fun seasonal classics such as “Mary Had a Baby” with six originals. “What Child is This?” is redone as a cool, retro, jazzy ditty, and “We Wish You” twangs with acoustic elements of Americana. A Mississippi blues treatment is given to “Deck the Halls,” and “Run Rudolf Run” scrambles and jumps rockabilly style. Skip’s “Evergreens” is a treat.
Jeff Maisey - Virginian-Pilot (Dec 5, 2008)
Virginia Beach songwriter Skip Friel teamed with his brother Randy Friel on "Evergreen Christmas" a 16-track collection of Yuletide favorites and new holiday tunes. Skip's own "True Santa," arrives alongside fresh takes on classics such as "What Child is This?" and "Deck the Halls." A highlight is Randy's tune "The Little Ones" which describes a kid's wide-eyed wonder as the band pumps out good-time, '60s-style rock 'n' roll.
Sam McDonald - The Daily Press (Dec 4, 2008)
Skip Friel is a great player.
Jeff Maisey - Veer Magazine (Jan 25, 2012)

A more scenic route of the Americana soundscape than the commercialized mainstream.

Friel’s rich vocal tone is well suited to the task and even recalls Elvis Costello. That’s notably so on the swanky vibe of “Transcending.”

The Dylan-meets-The-Band sound of “Peace at a Time” has a familiar ring.


Jeff Maisey - Veer Magazine (Mar 15, 2012)

Skip Friel "Passage." Virginia Beach singer-songwriter Skip Friel knows that music isn't a footrace. While he's been performing on and off for decades, "Passage" is just his second solo album. His first was 2007's "Twilight Red Sky." Polished and thoughtfully constructed, "Passage" benefits from Friel's patient attention to detail. His good-natured songs fit comfortably into the modern singer-songwriter format. Hammond organ swells and bursts of fiddle lend support to sturdy melodies. Acoustic guitars ring pleasantly atop a firm rhythmic foundation. Friel's deep, textured voice reminds me of a mellow Robert Earl Keen or a countrified Graham Parker. Of course, too much competence can be as dangerous as too little. Friel's album could not be described as lively. Relaxed would be more on target. Highlights include "Harvest of Love," the Celtic-tinged "Another Island" and "Dose of Hope," which extols the wisdom of not sweating the small stuff. "All the fruit will fall to the ground one day," Friel sings. "It'll grow again without us anyway ... you let go and the world did not unwind."