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         Bar & Grill
Southbound Records 1998

 
The album Bar & Grill was a 1999 Los Angeles Music Awards “Outstanding Independent Rock Album” nominee, and The Regulators were also chosen by respected Music Connection Magazine as one of the year-ending “1999 Top 100 Hottest Unsigned Artists” winners. “My brother said we were the dying’ breed” goes the line in “Money, Pride & Greed”, 2nd track on The Regulators’ Bar & Grill on Southbound Records. One glance at the press photo, and you know exactly the preferred decade and who the dying breed are, or at least you thought they were a dying breed... The Regulators are a nostalgic image of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, and though some of their material is even reminiscent of such bands as Molly Hatchet or Poison, you could never (or would never want to) accuse them of being posers! 
  Standouts include: 1st track “Breakin’ Out” , which is a burst of ambient duo guitar shredding - deep southern-style rock and roll, 2nd track, “Money, Pride & Greed” is equally as powerful with added harmonious back vocals, truly superb bass lines (Randy Smith), and a Great White resin in the break of the song. A (Head East meets Aerosmith) “Eatin’ Crow” comes next before 4th track, “The Real Deal” kicks in with the gift of Chris Turbis’ rich piano offerings. Track 5, “Burn Them Bridges Down” arrives as, perhaps a peak in the album, and introduces the band’s Poison tendencies, especially in the song structure and lead vocal - catchy chorus line. Diversity is most represented in songs like the 6th track, “The Fire” where vocals are the strong-point, supported by a solid groove that comes with lots of guitar and a great underlining bass structure. Also the 36 second “Mapleleaf Rag” by S. Joplin is a great intermission right before “My Bags Are Packed” , which is just short of being a huge “rip-off” of Skynyrd’s “What’s Your Name” from Street Survivors! But like I read somewhere, I have to agree that the song absolutely rocks, and the keyboard playing by Chris Turbis is sooo! good you just have to let it go. “Lies” comes before the end, another song that hints at Poison, again in the song structure and vocal. Throughout ‘Bar & Grill’, it is evident that any southern-rock enthusiast would love this band and their release - it is an honest down-home southern masterpiece of good ol’ boys, whiskey, dueling guitars and a strong sense of brotherhood between them, as also witnessed in the tribute song to Jimi Hughes (lost band member), “Sweet Sustain” - it ends the album perfectly with a southern spirit soaring high and slowly off into the sunset....
G. Cataline

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