Read This Fantastic Review of Dee RockCountry’s CD The Road Ain’t Long
by … Chuck Pithy
CD Review of The Road Ain’t Long – February 18, 2013
Album Review by Kath Galasso
Weâ€™ve all heard the old saying â€œYou only get one chance to make a first impression.â€ When it comes to music, sometimes you need a few chances to actually like it and sometimes you never will. Then there are those rare times when your first listen tells you all you need to knowâ€¦ that itâ€™s good.
The debut album by country-rock artist Dee Rock definitely fits into that category. Coming out of the Nashville music scene, Dee Rock is doing the country thingâ€¦ the hard country thing. Growing up in a family where musical influences ran from Motown to Blues to Rock to Country, Dee Rock has sucked them all in and spit them out into a fiery blend of in-your-face rhythm.
The opening track â€œRipples on the Moon,â€ literally blasts off as it turns up the heat in a little story about making love in a rowboat with â€œbackwater rhythm moving me and you.â€ Deliciously descriptive lyrics with some hard edge guitar playing, reminiscent of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, add in a tight vocal and it all gets pulled together. The kind of opening song where you hope it keeps getting better. It does.
â€œLife is Goodâ€ the next track is a little more country based complete with the feel good message. Rock used some of Nashvilleâ€™s best session musicians on this album and it was worth it. You can hear and feel the years of experience.
Bringing out a little more of a bayou blues sound, â€œShoulda Known Betterâ€ is, as it sounds, a cautionary tale. This one comes with a great hook and a wailing guitar.
Dee Rock has written several songs recognizing the sacrifices of our armed forces. â€œThe Uniformâ€ is a moving ballad of appreciation for all they endure.
â€œCan I get a hallelujah?â€ So begins â€œThe Bible and the Belt,â€ a raucous song talking about gospel but rocking like hell.
â€œCallinâ€™ all Cowgirlsâ€ sounds like a Saturday night bar band song, and whoâ€™s not gonna have fun with that? In true Country style the album ends with a story of loss.
â€œWhat Do I Do With Meâ€ is the question anyone would ask after losing a great love.
All the way through, the album has great continuity. The studio musicians, the backup singers, the production, all mesh into a comfortable journey. As a better than average guitarist, Dee Rock works the strings into an interesting and enjoyable ride. Rock co-produced the album along with Tom Paden, and the production is wicked. While this may be Rockâ€™s debut album, he is no stranger to the world of production; that much is obvious.
Not being the biggest Country fan, The Road Ainâ€™t Long crosses the line into Rock, Blues and beyond, and was one nice surprise. Trust me, that opening track is like seeing a car slow down as you stand with your thumb out on the highway. Then you can just settle in and enjoy the ride.
Ripples on the Moon
Life is Good
Shoulda Known Better
Keep on Keepinâ€™ On
What You Never Had
The Bible and the Belt
Callinâ€™ All Cowgirls
Ainâ€™t That Far From Now
What Do I Do With Me
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I am Chuck Pithy and I tell it like it is!!!!!!