The Slide Brothers’ debut self-titled album is without a doubt, one more of the year’s top albums. It is infused with a healthy dose of both blues and gospel that will light a fire inside any truly open minded lover of music. It all kicks off with an amazing cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’.’ The group’s take on this blues classic is an excellent opener, with its high energy music and equally powerful gritty vocals. The transition to the softer gospel sounds of ‘My Sweet Lord’ makes for quite the change in both tempo and vibe. Audiences are taken to a high energy song to open the album to something far mellower.
While it isn’t as mellow per se in terms of its general tempo and vibe, ‘Sunday School Blues’ offers audiences a piece that’s mellow in its own right. Just as impressive is the band’s cover of the spiritual, ‘Wade in The Water.’ The band’s take on this piece is a full on instrumental. There are no vocals here. While some might view this as a bad thing, the total lack of vocals makes the entire song that much more powerful and impressive, especially in the blues/rock form presented on this record. It has a real Blind Boys of Alabama vibe about it. Things kick back up again from here as the band transitions into ‘Praise You.’ This song is just one more wonderful addition to The Slide Brothers’ debut album as it blurs that line between blues and gospel that much more. It proves that music doesn’t have to fit neatly into one genre or another to be enjoyable.
As one can clearly see, the first half of The Slide Brothers’ album is top heavy with great material for music lovers across the board. The album’s second half is no different as it keeps things moving smoothly right off the bat with another bluesy piece in ‘It Hurts Me Too.’ That song is followed up by another song very much in the vein of the Blind Boys of Alabama in ‘Catch That Train.’ The whole thing comes to a head in the album’s penultimate track; a cover of blues legend ELmore James’ ‘The Sky is Crying.’ What really makes this song so incredible is that the band manages somehow to maintain the original song all while making it into its own creation at the same time. It’s doubtless that this song will become an instant hit with audiences both on the record and at live shows. Speaking of live shows the band will hit the road in March in support of its new album, beginning with a performance at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, New York on March 6th. Audiences can get a full tour itinerary and even order the band’s debut album online at its official website, http://www.slidebrothers.com and on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/TheSlideBrothers. Fans can also get all the latest updates from the band on Twitter at http://twitter.com/slidebrothers.
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