Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, co founders of the dB’s, and collaborators on “Mavericks” 14 years ago have reunited, and they still have that spark. On Here and Now, they fall into a comfortable role as pop’s most under rated duo. Opening with the Beatlesque “My Friend The Sun,” it is a shiny gem of melodic genius with subtle guitar interplay and Peter’s direct earnest vocals. This is adult contemporary rock in the best sense of the term. “Santa Monica” is a classic Stamey ballad full of dreamy sun-soaked guitar textures. “Bird on the Wing” comes closest to that old Mavericks sound, and the collaboration meshes the two artists perfectly. Appropriately, these “old” guys have made some real gems about approaching middle age. The album does tend to wander a bit, getting too reflective and could’ve used a few more upbeat songs. But tracks like “Here and Now”, “Some of the Parts”, and “Long Time Coming” are all great songs that you’ll want to play over and over. “Begin Again” is a somber ode to rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (with the great Branford Marsalis on sax). My favorite ballad here is “Long Time Coming,” about old friendships and it easily brings a lump to my throat. The emotional honesty here says more than tons of other musicians out there, and I would love to hear more from these two.