The Dover Post, Dover, DE
Oh my God! Where do I start? I'll
try 'Fresh Original Music' for 200. Every lyric cuts right through easily. And
the music! Think CommonbonD is playing the Fall Fling because the two
singers/guitarists can perform nice folk ballads in a calming finger style
fashion? Ha! Think again. Ashley Miller and Mary Beth de Pompa cook. They jam,
period. It’s not just that you’d swear the two were born with Taylor guitars in
their hands, it’s the small things as well. Watch Mary Beth’s smooth transitions
from lead guitar to background vocals. Hear Ashland’s dead-on phrasing in ‘This
Love.’ It’s the package, I’m telling you. The whole experience takes a few days
to sink in. What you saw, what you heard, what you felt.
Little Village, Iowa City, IA
The lovely "Beginnings," off their release Naked Soul Dance is a song that the great Sandy Denny would have happily claimed. Still,
you won't find Mary Beth de Pompa and Ashland Miller out wandering in their
secret garden for long; they know how to bite and holler too. Ragged rock
and blues become them. All the weirder then when their pop chops end up
being their most amazing asset. "It's True, I Do," which opens
Naked Soul Dance, features the kind of hooks and soaring harmonies that draw a
more outrageous, and hardly ever deserved, comparison. It's true; this
song wouldn't have been out of place on Revolver.
Salt Lake City Weekly,
Salt Lake City, UT
~ Bill Frost
The Philadelphia Au Courant, Philadelphia, PA
Some people have talent but can’t connect with an audience — CommonbonD
does not have this problem; anyone within hearing range believes they are
singing to them alone. It’s pretty rare to find musicians with the true gift
of creativity and charisma. It’s harder yet to find performers driven not by
ego, but simply because they’ve got this music inside and it has to come out.
Accessline, Iowa City, IA
Their blues-edged folk-rock, with a little swing, country, and pop thrown in, suggests comparisons to a myriad of artists and genres, from bluesy Bonnie Raitt to the Dixie Chicks' country-pop. In terms of quality of music, CommonbonD rivals the best of them. From de Pompa's energetic party blues-rock to Miller's soulful ballads, each song infused with socially conscious lyrics that demand that you listen, CommonbonD is the complete musical package.
~ Lisa Schreihart
The Express-Times, Allentown, PA
Fresh from their fifth CD, Chasing Solace, CommonbonD plays an acoustic brand of bluesy, folk-pop full of energetic lead vocals, angelic vocal harmonies and furious rhythms as the two young women weave their way through tales of hardship, balancing budgets, spiritual transcendence, broken relationships and love.
~ Robert Hicks
Cedar Rapids Gazette,
Cedar Rapids, IA
Music Monthly, Baltimore, MD
Miller and de Pompa weave tales about love, friendships, sex and all the
related sentiments that go along. Equipped with beautiful harmonies that send
you up to those lofty heights, the effect is quite impressive. What strikes me
most about this band, above all, is that their sound is so mature and
sophisticated, I felt like I’d been listening to them for years the first time
I played their CD — which is a true credit to their polished performance.
The Washington Post, Washington, DC
In addition to forging close harmonies, both Mary Beth de Pompa and Ashley
Miller are capable guitarists who aren’t afraid to show off a little when a
song like the amusing ‘Hippie Cowgirl’ provides the opportunity. There’s a
lot here to applaud.
Mountain Express, Asheville, NC
Miller and de Pompa conjure up aural images of the Indigo Girls and Michelle
Malone and even the grand dame of folky blues herself, Bonnie Raitt.
Lilith's Child Magazine, New York, NY
Hearing the lush harmonies and the bluesy, bent acoustic notes; it was like a
salve for an aching soul. Mary Beth de Pompa and Ashley Miller, the two
singer/guitarists who make up CommonbonD have an unmistakable chemistry, which
amplifies the crackling energy, which runs rampant in every song.
Style Weekly, Richmond, VA
Introspective and full of love's uncertainties and promises, the girls cast a graceful and harmonious spell throughout [Naked Soul Dance].
~ Ames Arnold
Towson A&E, Towson, MD
Filled to the brim with wit and charm, de Pompa and Miller came alive on
stage. Pausing to tell stories between songs, they ended up in a fit of laughter
on at least one occasion. One of their most bizarre tales involved cookies they
had encountered at a gas station while traveling south. The small, animal
cracker-like confections apparently came in the shape of James Brown — a truly
rare find. “On our way back through, we checked every gas station in town,
asking for James Brown cookies,” Miller said, “they all looked at us
Our World, International Travel Magazine
With a style best described as ‘blues edged rock,’ these women performed
with a joy and exuberance I had seldom seen before. Suffice it to say, we bought
their three CDs and have listened to them daily since returning home.
Judging from their performance, they would play every venue, no matter how
big or small, as if they were the local band of the area — down home,
inviting, enthusiastic, pure.