Of Heaven Band
Sound & SkyDog Music)
I was first made aware of this band by a Brother Joe
"SkyDog" Clem, of Skydog Music. I want to thank
him first for turning me on to the band for his mailing of
the band's promo pack. Secondly, thank you Brother Joe for
helping keep this kind of music alive! It is alive and well
in the hands of The South Of Heaven Band!
Now let's talk about the band and the CD itself. The CD is
entitled OUTLAWS 2002.
The band is made up of front man, lead singer, and rhythm
guitarist, Mike Delawder, Lead guitarist, Shawn Sexton,
Bass, Keith Garvin, and on drums and percussion, Chris
Daniels. Calling themselves "The Bad Boys of Eastern
Kentucky" this band is a steady Southern Rock machine!
That's my description. Their's is a band that plays
"diesel fueled/whiskey soaked" Blues, Country, and
Southern Rock. Hell I'll buy that! One thing in common
between my description and theirs is the Southern Rock part.
To me, that is exactly the blend of Country, Blues, and Rock
that they mention. So we really are talking the
same language here I think. Whatever label you put on it,
its Kick Ass music!
This band features a vocalist with a chameleon like
voice. On one tune I hear Haggard, then Hank Jr., Steve
Earl, some Skynyrd, and Marshall Tucker too! How can you go
wrong! All the while Delawder makes the songs his in a
distinctive way, but should just let it rip in my opinion.
Guitarist, Shawn Sexton, is a very talented player, (some
in there), who has a good feel for slide and has an
aggressive pick attack that can be backed off in an instant
to make it weep and sing. The rhythm section of Shawn Sexton
on bass, and Keith Garvin on drums, give this band the
backbone it deserves and needs. They do so with skill and a
forceful driving power.
The CD itself has 9 songs, 5 of which are originals,
3 of which were written by their friend and mentor, James
Michael Murphy. The record is dedicated to him as well. One
other song was written by Pat Haney.
Whiskey", is a
mid tempo number about drinkin,
lost love, and other things most of us can relate to. Great
some good wah-wah guitar work! I think this would tear down
(Roll On) Colorado",
is a bit slower, but again a theme of
love lost and rambling, some great harmonies and guitar work
Caldwell feel. Good tune.
Reminds me of a Skynyrd song as it cranks up,
some foot stompin good time music!
Let's slow it down a bit.a ballad that probably
fills the dance floor with Brothers and Sisters feelin the
this song showcases some very impressive guitar work.
"Won't Be Over No
slanted more towards a rebel
country feel, reminds me of a Steve Earl tune. Great anthem
Marshall Tucker Band is a definite
influence here, GREAT song! Nuff said.
A Country ballad with sadness overflowin!
Questions asked by us all and we get unknown answers. Nice,
"What's His Name"
Probably my least favorite song on the CD,
nothing wrong with it, just seems a little polished up more
others. This band sounds better to me RAW!
"Angel Of Mercy",
Nice acoustic beginning, starts a bit tight
then the band seems to start to flow. Again I think this one
is also a
bit polished. Good song, I would like to hear these last two
I bet they cook. The last 2 tracks just don't see to flow
record. They are not bad tunes, they just have a different
maybe they were cut in a different studio, who knows, but I
kick ass live!
Overall, I think this is a kick ass CD from a kick
ass Southern Rock
band. I hope you guys come close to Macon, GA. one day so I
this live, cause I get the feelin that's where you guys
really tear it
So to sum up, BUY THIS ONE folks at www.skydogmusic.com,
booking agent, or http://members.tripod.com/clems97/outlaws.htm
em RedTail Wolf at GRITZ sent ya. If these boys show up near
town, go se em! I'm sure you'll walk away with a smile on
your face and
a good feelin in your Southern heart.
-Michael "RedTail Wolf" Nystrom