Throughout my time as a devoted Southern rock enthusiast, I have had a plethora of albums spin their way through my turntables and CD players. (I won’t even mention the 8-track player I got for my 5th birthday ’cause that will most definitely date me from way back!) Out of all the rock, blues, country, and jazz albums I’ve heard, there are always those albums that scream Southern Rock! From the feel of the music, the themes of the songs, even to the “look” of the cover, Southern rock leaves an unmistakable mark. The new CD from Preacher Stone is one of those albums.
These boys from North Carolina have taken the roots of Southern rock and brought into the modern era to give us one powerhouse CD. Ronnie Riddle, lead vocalist and lyricist, has the unique ability to tell a story with a sense of authenticity and credibility. With a voice that sounds soaked with attitude and Old No. 7, Ronnie shines on “Not Today”, “Old Fashioned Ass Whoopin’ Sum Bitch”, “That’s Just the Whiskey Talkin‘”, and “Southern Hospitality.” The guitar work by Marty Hill and Benny Huntt is outstanding! Between the tasty dual leads and straight-ahead in your face leads, this dynamic duo rocks like Southern boys should.
Southern justice, kickin’ ass, and drinkin’ whiskey is just a slice of what this band is all about. When its time to get introspective, check out “Brother’s Keeper” and “Blood from a Stone” for the impressive Hammond B-3 sounds from keyboardist Duke Rivers. The band slows it down to ask the age-old questions that have plagued man for ages.
Every song on this album has a hook and reason for being there. Nothing seems throw-away or rushed. This is an album you will listen to all the way through. The production of this album is outstanding and sounds more like something I would expect from a band signed to a major label. If this is just the beginning of Preacher Stone, I can’t wait to hear what comes next! These guys are living proof that Southern rock is still alive and well.
Review by Keith Stefanec