Check me out on the cover of the Poughkeepsie Journal's Enjoy Section 11-16-12!

Country music to rock hallowed Chance tonight - Niemann, Mihan, more hit rock 'n' roll haven tonight

Drive east from Poughkeepsie on Route 44 and the landscape changes, from urban to pastoral, city to country.

The stretches that lie between Pleasant Valley and Millbrook, and Millbrook and Amenia are framed by farms and fence posts, valleys and vistas. As you make your way through one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful regions, you just might start thinking about Kentucky or more


Country star Josh Thompson comments on my song "Whiskey Thunder"...

" I like this song. The verse/lift/chorus structure is great. I love the melody, I totally understand it. "

Josh has written songs for Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and many others.

“Todd Mihan and Downside Joyride have all the ingredients that, in my humble opinion, are necessary in order to stand out from the endless competition out there....great playing, vocals, recording/production, killer guitar tones & most of all solid songs - especially the title track Long Way Home. A really strong debut CD from a band that I hope gets the attention they truly deserve. ”

- John Platania ( guitarist Van Morrison, Chip Taylor )

““Todd Mihan’s talent as a songwriter, guitarist and producer are obvious from the first track on. The more I hear Todd Mihan & Downside Joyride’s music- the more I love it. The melodies, guitar licks and lyrics get stuck in my head. Just listen to "Pushing My Luck" and tell me there's a better song on the radio right now- I don’t think so!””

- John Goodwin- Upstate NY, Manufacturers Representative for SHURE Inc.

"Singing. Songwriting. Guitar Playing. Unique talents that most of us lack. Few of us get one of these gifts. Todd Mihan has been blessed with all three. Rarely have I met someone who excels in each. Todd is just that person. His ability to put his thoughts to music is second to none. He then communicates those thoughts with his soulful honest voice, and phenomenal fretwork. Downside Joyride is certainly a band on the rise, and Todd will lead them to great heights."

- Tom Lanahan (KMC Music - Ovation Guitars)

“Downside Joyride is gonna make you remember why we love blues/rock music all...over...again !!”

- Indie Music Lounge


Reviews of Downside Joyride - Long Way Home

“Hyde Park’s Downside Joyride checks in with a rockin’ record filled with huge guitars and searching vocals, and a dream of something more just over the horizon. The band fires on all cylinders with hair band riffage and swagger though thankfully without the sophomoric themes.

The brainchild of singer-songwriter and guitarist Todd Mihan, the combo also includes Michael Hamel on bass, Michael Morrison on guitar and Chris Trainor on drums, and was produced and engineered by Mihan at his studio in Hyde Park. Guitars saturate this CD, but it’s Mihan’s voice — full of the requisite rasp but with humility and empathy seeping through — that sets the tone

Mihan is on a roll as of late, winning songwriting contests and playing guitar on Tommy Lee’s new record “A Public Disservice Announcement.” And he has opened for Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Kings X and others.

Though strong and forceful, the songs lack of the pretentious and posing chest beating inherent in this style. In it’s place, sounds about live love and question of why, in many ways, Hyde Park’s answer to Asbury Park.

Opening with “Taking Back My Heart,” big guitar riff starts this CD out rocking. Soon slide guitar prods a yearning vocal as Mihan shows his hand in “Cards.” “Under My Skin” veers towards sinister, while “Whisky Thunders” is quiet and introspective, as he sings “three sheets don’t keep you warm no more.”

“Dead” is a straight-ahead riff-driven rocker, but these days, that’s what passes for country music, so he might find a home there as well. In “GNN,” he shows of his considerable guitar skills — flashy, yet not self-indulgent. The poignant “Long Way Home” shows Mihan at his emotional finest.

Downside Joyride is a fine young band relying on substance over smoke and mirrors. It’s about time.

- David Malachowski - Kingston Daily Freeman


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