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All the Fortune All the Fame[CD]
Remember when musicians weren\'t put in a box and were allowed to create their own sound? Remember when artists mixed equal parts BLUES, ROCK, SOUL, FUNK, and GOSPEL to create music that was timeless? Remember when songs were SUPPOSED to be longer than 3 minutes and 15 seconds? Well, remember no more, people! Out of Nashville TN come The Back Alley Saints with a brand of music that has one foot firmly planted in the classrooms of the old school yet with a sound completely relevant today. Built on the firm foundation grooves of drummer Ray Gonzales and bassist Keith Kenyon, The Saints live shows are a back road full of twists and turns... honeysuckle and muddy water...one minute going 100 miles and hour and then, all at once, braking on an unseen dime to take it all in. Guitarist Andy Jones navigates each genre with relative ease providing power and subtlety in heavy doses. Jones\' molasses soaked guitar tone is one of the true high points in the music. Rounding out the lineup is songwriter and lead vocalist Brother Wells. Wells\' vocals are tough to categorize but one thing is for sure...Wells would\'ve felt right at home in Macon, Memphis, or Muscle Shoals. Singing with the fervor of a street corner prophet at times Wells has the ability to turn any Saints show into an old school revival! All that said, The Back Alley Saints are not your stereotypical jam band content to noodle away for minutes on end but- without question- a band built on strong songs that definitely lives for the \'jam\'! Gonzales may have summed The Saints up the best when he offered this, \'...we\'re intent on taking people on a journey, of sorts, both musically and lyrically. There are elements of what we do that point to the \'jam\' band scene, I guess, but I think there\'s way more to it than that. It\'s a bit more accessible and that could have something to do with what we\'re trying to say from a lyrical standpoint.\'
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