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Mother Road - Drive Award winner

Mother Road
Drive
by Jeff Legg at 07 July 2014, 7:52 PM

It’s been a tough road for straightforward rock bands these days, but with bluesy, Southern-Style rock n’ roll becoming relevant again, opportunities have arisen for bands with classic-rock influences to take full advantage of this resurrection. MOTHER ROAD is a band that should be at the top of the list of newcomers that have the potential to become a household name in this brand of music. A brand that once dominated the music industry back in the 80’s when Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 SPECIAL, and BAD COMPANY were the biggest names in the rock arena.

In 2011, vocalist Keith Slack (STEELHOUSE LANE, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MUDPIE) and guitarist Chris Lyne (SOUL DOCTOR) began writing songs, and with the addition of keyboard player Alessandro DelVecchio, Frank Binke on bass, and Zacky Tsoukas on drums, MOTHER ROAD was formed. With the release of their new full length album “Drive”, this blues-infused hard rock band is one of the most talented I’ve heard in a great while and have put the music industry on notice that they are one to be reckoned with. Even though they have only been together for a relatively short period of time, they sound like they have been together for 25 years with an extensive discography behind them. Their bluesy style of rock music is reminiscent of bands like BAD COMPANY, WHITESNAKE, GREAT WHITE, and THE BLACK CROWES and even sound eerily similar to Led Zeppelin at times.

With SLACK’s soulful vocals sounding like a mixture of Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, and Robert Plant, Lyne’s bluesy guitar wizardry front and center on every track, and just the perfect amount of DelVecchio’s keyboards over the top, this album is a modern day Southern Fried Rock masterpiece that easily could have been a platinum record back in the mid 80’s, (when there were such things as platinum records). The song writing is superb, the talent is deep, and there is not a weak song on the album.

All 11 songs on “Drive” are pure southern rock n’ roll that bleed whiskey and resurrect memories of smoke filled hokey-tonks on a hot summer night. I absolutely loved every song but my favorite track on the album is “These Shoes”; a mid tempo, bluesy rocker that sounds like an early 80’s WHITESNAKE song. SLACK really shines with his spot-on, soulful vocals and I actually got chills listening to this one. MOTHER ROAD are a big-time band and I get the feeling that these guys are headed straight for stardom in the not so distant future.

In this era of music, with the industry in love with “big name” bands playing double bass drums and screaming singers, a band this good that plays this style of music is a rarity. If MOTHER ROAD can get the right promotion behind them, they could have a long and storied career ahead of them when it’s all said and done.

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Sun Will Shine Again
2. Feather in Your Hat
3. Drive Me Crazy
4. Out of My Mind
5. These Shoes
6. Dangerous Highway
7. Poor Boy (Long Way Out)
8. Dirty Little Secret
9. Blue Eyes
10. Still Rainin’
11. On My Way
Lineup:
Keith Slack– Vocals
Chris Lyne – Guitar
Alessandro Del Vecchio– Keyboards
Zacky Tsoukas– Drums
Frank Binke– Bass
Record Label: Road Songs / AOR Heaven
     


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