Monday, March 25, 2013
At times hard charging southern rock and at other turns there is some pretty traditional country sounds complete with a mournful steel guitar. The first track I heard was January In Louisiana which I think gives you a pretty good snapshot of what Fifth on the Floor is all about.
Along with Shotgun and Wild Child this track finds FOTF in full kick ass rockin' mode while Angels in the Snow, Whiskey, and Wine are most definitely in the country camp. The mix of styles flows well from song to song for a great listen.
Fifth On The Floor has made a pretty damn fine record...one that should appeal to southern rockers and less mainstream country fans alike. Grab a copy from the band, pop a cold one and enjoy.
I have to admit I am not all that well versed in the music of Richard Thompson. I've owned Shoot Out The Lights for years, but never moved past that release. After seeing him with his Electric Trio I think I may have to dig a bit deeper. An absolutely tremendous guitarist.
Here are a few better shots courtesy of Larry Dell'Erba.
Robben is firmly in the soul-blues realm this time out and the material he has chosen is perfectly listenable and make for a nice little show. I am not one of those fans who expects the hits and oldies, but it would be nice to get one or two from his earlier work (both with and without The Blue Line). I didn't hold up much hope so I was not really disappointed, but maybe just once...
Sunday, March 17, 2013
One listen to the lead track Drinkin' and I was hooked. The perfect mix of songwriting, singing and playing...Americana defined. Check out the official video.
There are some upbeat tracks and some ballads any of which blows away what is being sold by Nashville as country music in 2013. Railroads should be a hit on CMT but that'll never happen...it's too good. There is so much to like here from the title track to the very last Waitin' On June. The last one is one giant "ball in the throat" song written in her maternal grandfathers voice about his life with his wife. If we all get to live that life we will leave this earth winners in my book. Stellar song writing.
I can recommend this one enough. Go grab yourself a copy from iTunes, or even better yet on vinyl, you won't regret this one folks. Here's a little more video to whet your appetites.