CD – 'Fortune Teller'
Long haired dudes on the cover, a CD that starts with the boogie
“Gone South” that talks about “collard greens
and black eyed peas” – yes, there’s Southern
rock coming ‘round the bend. And these guys, who share years
of experience with many bands, know how to ride.
There are both rock ballads like “Roots” and plain
out rockers like “G.R.I.T.S.”. The latter is a paean
to “girls raised in the South,” preferably in a “short
cotton dress.” Barry Rapp on keyboards gives the group a
Skynyrd vibe, while the combination of Steve Grisham and Jimmy
Bennett on guitars shows that these guys know how to rock, with
a healthy dose of slide and rhythm guitar.
Bennett is a fine slide player, and he is given a clean sound
by the production done by the band. The production gives the group
a lot of volume without making the guitars irritating and piercing
at the high end.
Everyone except drummer Pug Baker shares the vocals, including
bassist Phil Stokes. And all are good, which lets the band perform
a variety of songs. They also share writing duties. All but one
of the twelve songs is by band members, the exception being a
cover of “There Goes Another Love Song”.
If you like Southern rock, this is a train that you want to ride.
Web site at http://rifftrader.com/riffcity/bands/ghostriders.
- Dave Howell