Subtle is the key to this release. The subtle sounds of a various forms of music that blend together in a tapestry of warm, easy going tunes that master as well as elevate the form into Pure Grain´s music. The band explores the forms of Southern musical heritage in its many forms, from country and southern rock to warm and easy going soulful tunes.
Out of the Storm and Truckin’ are throw back tracks in the southern rock feel while the songs When I’m Lonely and Farewell My Love add a sixties sweet soul feel to them much in the vein of the great band Delaney & Bonnie. Yet none of these tracks are stuck in time and deliver modern day glimpse of past glories without falling prey to stagnation. The wisps of Stax/Volt Label emerge on songs Kid N’ Funk Soul and drives home track after track with rock solid rhythms and tantalizing whispers of old soul.
Writing good songs is only half the battle for artist, recording great versions of the tracks can be equally difficult, but with Pure Grain that is what you have. As I listened to the CD I was struck with how each song is strong without being the same, this type of variety is not typical, but yet this is the mark of a great album.
Pure Grain does not overwhelm the listener, they are more subtle, easy going, laid back, pulling the listener in to the warm combination’s of various styles that come out of their past influences. This is an album of high standards and superb quality musicianship. I will be drinking Pure Grain for many months to come.
Review by Vernon Tart