Just Blue
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Just Blue

Melbourne, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006

Melbourne, Florida, United States
Established on Jan, 2006
Duo Folk Indie


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"Indie Music Stop Review"

This Melbourne, Florida based group plays a pure and simple style of acoustic music.

Just Blue’s music is uncluttered and both very well written and arranged. Even though the only instrumentation found in the songs is Chad Fagg’s acoustic guitar, like a seasoned snake charmer making a King Cobra dance to his commands, Fagg is able to make his guitar take different forms, be it slow and soft or up tempo with hard string hits.

Layered on top of that guitar work is the pure, crisp vocals, provided by Melissa Barelmann.

Put the two parts together and you have a formula for a release that’s destined to become a classic.

Theme wise the songs pretty much deal with love. Mostly with the rough side of it, like when a relationship is ending. But you’ll also find a few more positive, joyous love lyrics, in a few of the songs.

The highlight tracks for me from this release were, “Better Off Alone,” a spirited song with powerful vocals. “Just for One Day,” that features some nice tempo changes, along with very well done backing vocals that really compliment the lead vocals found in it, and lastly the passionate song, “Catch Me if You Can.”

If you’re a fan of acoustic music then you need to get Below the Damage quickly, even if you’re not, but curious, this release will give you a good taste of what acoustic music sounds like when it’s done right.

- Senior Writer C.W. Ross

"Brevard Live"

Just Blue is a mixed duo made up by Melissa Barelmann and Chad Fagg.Barelmann sings lead and Fagg plays acoustic guitar and chimes in with a backing vocal now and then. The whole album is very simplistic in its approach and formula. There are no complex arrangements or orchestrations here, this isn’t about musicianship as much as it is about poetry and lyrical message. Barelmann’s words come from a very pure and honest place and Fagg’s accompaniment gives her the space she needs.

I was happy the liner notes include the lyrics (I always love that), it gave me the opportunity to follow along more closely and really experience the emotion she was going for. I don’t know if this album is about just one relationship, but I feel like I’ve lived through the entirety of it after listening to these songs.

“This time, this night, you swore it would be different,” “in both of us I found the hurt,” lyrics like these draw you into Just Blue’s realm of sincerity. Fearlessly honest. I respect that most of all.

Highlights are track 7, “Truth Is” and track 11, ‘Catch Me If You Can”.
- Matt Bretz

"Katavi Arts"

SOUNDS LIKE – Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, Janis Ian, Alannah Myles
DEFINING MOMENTS – All Right by me, Original Sin, Just for one day
STRENGTH – Earthy Consistency, Conservative Musical Delivery, Honest, Wise, & Bold writing style

Just Blue releases their debut CD in January 2009. Just Blue is a male-female duo consisting of Melissa Barelmann (vocals) And Chad Fagg (guitar & backing vocals). This 2 piece musical tandem hails from Melbourne Florida, and delivers an earthy type of acoustical statement that is simple, pure, and deeply honest.

The CD starts off with “Paper Bags” a melancholy piece about a relationship that somewhere along the way lost it's luster and became sour . Track 2 “Leave Tonight ” is a deeply honest assessment about a relationship hanging on by a thread. Right from the beginning, Barelmann’s folksy-type vocal style will remind you a lot of Natalie Merchant with a slight southern draw to it. The music itself is a bare bones musical production with an acoustic guitar and voice in the forefront. Overall it reminds me of 10,000 Maniacs unplugged, with maybe a hint of Indigo Girls. Track 3 “All Right by Me” is a more upbeat piece that is wise as much as it is carefree. One of my favorite lines on the CD is in this song “I found Jesus, he was counting his pennies in the bottom of a wishing well, and I wished him well.” Nice touch there! Most of these songs are sung from a deeply honest perspective, giving a very grim assessment of relationships, and love turned lukewarm. Other songs deliver deep, thought provoking wisdom reminiscent of Janis Ian, and Janis Joplin. Track 4 “Original Sin” is a powerful piece which is cut from the same cloth as Billy Joel’ “She’s Always a Woman to Me” with lyrics that go – “Look you in the eye, and drink from her veins, even holy water can’t wash her stain.” This CD is also defiant. Track 6 “Better off Alone.” Here Barrrelmann dishes out a more sassy, country blues vocal-type delivery reminiscent of Alannah Myles or even Wynona Judd. This piece probably pushes harder than any other song on the CD. Fagg’s guitar playing is solid, conservative, and fills the room like a candle. His background vocal accents are well placed and effective. From songs that aren’t afraid to tell the truth like “Below the Damage” and the “Truth Is” to songs that offer up conventional wisdom like “Shine (Giving It Up)”, and "The Next Time You Dance", at over 53 minutes in length this CD is fully loaded. The songs are consistent, solid, and well crafted. Most are sung from a perspective that is somewhat desperate, yet positive. I would have to say my favorite song overall is a toss up between “Better off Alone” and “Just for one Day.” Just for one Day" is a rock solid number with a nice musical build, and a chorus that is extremely impressive. I can’t help but wonder what some of these songs would sound like with other musical elements applied to them. The CD ends with “Happy Hour” and upbeat piece that attempts to paint a happy face on a stark reality - "Lying in bed, waiting for the stars to shine, I guess it's true, I'm coming unglued." It's a microcosm of sorts of what Just Blue is. Painfully honest, even in self reflection.

It takes an amazing amount of talent and skill to deliver a bare bones musical production properly. Hats off to Just Blue for taking this on.

Overall Below the Damage is an impressive musical production. It’s strong suit is it’s overall consistency, lyrical wisdom, and bold straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; It took raw honesty to write some of these songs. What I like most about Just Blue is there is no attempt to sugar coat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Just Blue is one of those artists. Be advised you may not want to listen to Just Blue on the night your wife leaves you, but if you like melancholy music that provides a very real assessment of the human condition then you should jump into the CD head first. Just Blue will work best on days you want a delicate acoustic sound to filling your atmosphere. If I could say anything to Melissa and Chad right now it would be - add a bit more musical flavor to your next production. This can be done without losing the solitary musical foundation. You've also proven how effective you are at staying in the pocket during slow parts, but don't be afraid to exit that comfort zone, and really push that emotional envelope during some of your other parts. The real selling point for any song is the (singer to listener) emotional delivery. Here experienced artists will execute and make this connection. It cannot be faked and has to be totally genuine. At the end of the day people don't buy plastic and paper, they buy emotions. Wwhatever you do, don’t stop telling us all what the “Truth Is”……….because that's what Just - Cyrus Rhodes


Below The Damage



Just Blue
Website - http://www.justbluemusic.com
Formed: 2006
Genre: Indie Folk

The word “just” is defined in many ways. Among them, “Guided by truth.” And, “Simply. Certainly.”

So it’s serendipitous that the Melbourne, Florida-based duo of Just Blue embodies those definitions through simple, pure music.

In fact, moments of serendipity have followed Just Blue since Melissa Barelmann (vocals) and Chad Fagg (guitars, backing vocals) met in early 2006, brought together by a love of simple, personal songs.

A musician since he was a child, Chad played in several rock and metal bands before arriving at his true home: behind an acoustic guitar. After mistaking Melissa’s voice for that of Natalie Merchant, Chad knew those soothing vocals would provide the ideal accompaniment.

Just Blue began playing covers—from Bon Jovi to Coldplay—in local coffeehouses. But they wanted more. Melissa and Chad wrote 20 original songs in just a few months. They started recording right away, to capture the soul of their new creations. Of those 20 tracks, 13 of them are on their debut CD, Below The Damage, featuring songs that weave Melissa's mellow vocals with the tapestry of Chad's acoustic guitar. The authenticity of the album even extends to its packaging—Chad put the finishing touches on the CD by designing the artwork.

In addition to Natalie Merchant, major influences for Just Blue include singer/songwriters like Missy Higgins, Jewel, Shawn Mullins, Matt Nathanson, Glen Phillips, Joshua Radin, Damien Rice and Mindy Smith.

After taking some time off of writing to play locally, Chad and Melissa got back to writing for a new record. It wasn't long before they realized that these songs had so much more to offer than the bare-bones approach of Below The Damage. So they started recording all the pieces and parts to make a full band recording. As the recording process came to a close, they enlisted the help of Brian Fechino (Pat McGee Band, Amy Gerhartz) of Room 56 In Nashville to mix and master the new record. "Brian has taken our new record to the next level for us" says Chad. Their newest material, the full length album Speak To Hear, was released to high praise in early July and represents the band’s newfound dedication to reaching their potential. Though Just Blue is only comprised of two people, their recorded material presents a complete realization of the songs with a full accompanying band. The songs weave in and out and touch down on genres like country, classic rock, and pop; though the Just Blue’s delivery makes the songs truly unique. The remainder of 2015 finds Just Blue exactly where they want to be; strapped with a lengthy catalogue of fresh, quality material and ready to put themselves in front of eager audiences.