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Rosco Levee and Southern Slide – Get It While You Can
Before you press play sit back, strap yourself in and pin back your ears. Why? Because this band come at you like a freight train straight from the off and don’t let go across the albums 11 tracks.
This is mighty fine Southern Blues/Rock boogie mined from the deep wells of ………. Kent! Wherever Rosco and his compadres hail from they are drenched in the DNA and vibe of the deep southern states of the USA, and they have an innate ability to take the blue print and stamp it with their own contemporary interpretation. All tracks being original compositions.
Some Angels Fall throws down a huge marker, bursting from the speakers on a clipped fractured riff and low down rhythm section groove. Gambling Man steams in next a riotous romp of a tune splicing together some razor sharp honky tonk keys a pinned looping riff and a swagger of a groove.
You hit track 4 before the band even start to slow the pace to draw breath. Back to the Banks opens with a tasty melodic bright lead motif from Levee, urged on by the subtle but strong keys of Lee Wilson. And just when you think you have it worked out, in comes the brass section with some urgent flurries and another staccato clipped Levee riff. A real slow burner of a song that has a real groove going on and showcases the band’s influences and talents. Levee takes top billing with a superb demo of the art of slide guitar juxtapositioned with some sublime acoustic flourishes.
Whiskey Blues Goodnight is a real album highlight, an epic tune featuring some absolutely stunning slide work from Levee, I can picture the slide glass blitzing up and down the frets, underpinned by a pulsing rhythm section and urgent Hammond hooks. Wrap that up with a hooky chorus, stomping chord runs and you have a real winner here. No wonder Blues magazine recently had it on their cover mount CD!
The band are not just about foot to the floor stompers as evidenced on When the Band Starts to Play. A deft melody of keys, drum and bass sets the tone and soon you are enveloped with some vocal harmonies and another slice of raw bruising slide from Levee. The closest to a ballad on the album.
When I first heard Redemption Calls my face just broke in to a huge grin and I hit replay. This for me is the album’s ‘killer cut,’ it is awesome. This is one for the Cowboys out there a ‘four minute spaghetti western,’ if ever I have heard one. Levee narrates a way out west tale of the life of a bad ass Cowboy as he sits astride a searching lead break and gently pulsing rhythms. This is a widescreen panoramic masterpiece that just shouts out to be the soundtrack to Eastwood’s or Tarantino’s next Western movie. Get on the case Rosco.
Look Out Moses has that Western vibe too, another tale of trials and tribulations of the downtrodden draped over a wide fat riff. And then in to smooth Southern Belle, off the gas a little as the percussion guides the band through a metronomic groove that Levee splinters with a series of electric slide and acoustic lead breaks. More brass and harmonies and great way to bow out of a great album.
On the evidence of this album Rosco Levee and Southern Slide deserve their place alongside the other contemporary Southern Rockers out their causing a tear up, namely Skinny Molly, Cadillac Three and Blackberry Smoke.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2014, 08:44:19 GMT
What an incredible review of what is obviously a superb album. Thank you Nigel. You clearly love your music and your passion shows in the words which are almost lyrical!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2014, 20:09:56 GMT
Hello, thank you so much for the incredible feedback. That is wonderful. It is however, the musicians that inspire me. I am truly touched by these comments.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2014, 13:03:33 GMT
T. Macdonald says:
Thanks for reviewing this album in such a positive way,i ended up buying it!I'm always looking for unheard of material and this sounds just my type of music.One good deed deserves another,try the Wynntown Marshals,they come from.......Edinburgh!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2014, 22:06:31 GMT
Thank you for the positive comments on my review. And thanks for the recommendation. Nigel
Posted on 19 Aug 2014, 12:38:34 BST
Great review, and i can understand your enthusiasm, as i caught the band live at the Upton Upon Severn Blues Festival, where they blew everyone away. I bought 'FINAL APPROACH TO HOME' on the strength of that gig, and on reading your review, and checking some of the samples, will be buying 'Get It While You Can'. This is what reviewing is all about, Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2014, 13:50:46 BST
Thanks for such positive words, glad it has encouraged you to buy the album. You will be glad you did!
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