Wow, what can I say but….Hell Yeah. This artist is the bomb. I review a lot of music and when this group came across my desk for review I was blown away.
From the first note, the first beat, the first lick on the guitar I was blown away. The energy, the drive, and the momentum of each song kept me on my feet and moving to the groove.
Dynamite with a splash of hot molten groovy funk, that’s what you get with The Magic Lightnin Boys.
I loved the old time muddy waters feel to Nan’s Poem. It reminded me of the old plantations and the true rockabilly, southern rock era of the deep south.
These guys are smooth and sweet like good ole sugar cane molasses. Lead singer Casey Gomez has the voice like home churned butter, creamy, warm and rich. Band members are Casey Gomez – Vocals, Harp, piccolo bass,Brian Tarter – Guitar, Backing Vocals,Richie Lee – Bass, and Kurt Lipphardt – Drums. Together they make up one of the industries most notable up and coming groups of 2016.
“Before The Storm” has a beautiful intro with the thunder and the cymbals really bringing it all together. It’s slow moving like a summer storm.
I want this one for my special collection. The Magic Lightnin Boys have truly embraced a historic sound and crafted that sound in to their own unique style. It fits like a glove. With the blend of french harps and dual bass, soulful gritty guitar and powerhouse vocals MLB is hot and rising.
Could not stop listening to “April Rain”, the melody, lyrics and instrumentation on this song awakens something within. They say music is one of the only things that actually allows us to use all of our brain. That music ignites something within that can actually bring us out of the darkness and into the light. I believe it. “April Rain” flips the switch toward a feeling of euphoria.
The intro for “Fear and Freedom” will almost fool you into thinking it’s a ballad, when actually it could be. It’s a rock ballad. But then there is the short distortion at the beginning, just past the intro and through out with the guitar that breaks up the rhythmic feel and makes this one a very unique addition to this album.
Lyrically this album has everything. Passion, meaning and real, true to life, down to earth, thought provoking stories with engaging music. Old school rock fans should be able to relate to at least one or more of the songs on this album. It’s about life and living free.
“Roll” wakes us up with a solid horn section and then throughout. This blend of various instruments sets the collection apart from others because of the versatility and creative expression.
Where other bands have tried to take this blend of rock, blues, depth and modern style and make it their own The MLB have done so and not only with finesse but with deep rooted history and a link to major influences in the industry. Influences that have led them to where they are today; moving to the top.
“Rubber Side Down” has a great introduction. Love the guitar on all the songs in this collection. The rich instrumentation and the raw and edgy vocals reminds me of Georgia Satellites and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. It’s almost old school meets new generation. It brings back my teen years with Bob Segar and Skynard. When music was authentic.
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