Archives for September 2010

Fifth on the Floor- Dark and Bloody Ground

With the 2010 release of their sophomore record “Dark and Bloody Ground”, Fifth on the Floor has built a rock-solid testament to honest music, with nothin’-but-guts songs like “Shine”, “On My Way”, and “The Fall”. The record describes hard times, but with its chin up and its fists raised.

FOTF wears their country/americana roots on their collective sleeves, yet the rock-infused energy of their live performance is something to behold. Having played nearly three hundred shows in four years, they’ve honed their show to an unforgettable experience. A Fifth on the Floor show is not unlike a one night stand: they let their hair down, kick your ass, and, with any luck, you’ll remember it in the morning.

Pure Grain- Out of the Storm

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.

by: Vernon Tart-  Pure Southern Rock

Dallas Moore- Can’t Tame a Wilcat

“Can’t Tame a Wildcat” finds Dallas again backed up by his incredible band and delivering some Southern rock/Outlaw country instant classics. Original tunes like “Outlaw Country,” a true theme song for the Willie, Waylon and me crowd, and the attitude soaked “Damn Sure Works for Me.” Of course Moore writes about what he knows best, bikes, women, booze and the road, as in “Rollin On” and “Hot Blooded Mama,” a real rockabilly romp. Of course Dallas can also tell the story of love and heartbreak when he has to, as on “With All My Heart,” and “Why?”

With “Can’t Tame a Wildcat”, Dallas Moore proves himself once and for all as a worthy heir to the Outlaw country throne. In one song he includes himself in a verse alongside Shooter and Hank III and it didn’t even make me raise an eyebrow. No sir. He fits that crowd like a glove. He has earned it, and we are so damned proud of him.