Saturday, April 2, 2011

Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers -- Self-titled Debut

Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers use a fantastic fusion of Southern rock, Jam band, and Americana influences to yield a great debut album. The band which consists of Evan Barber on acoustic guitar and vocals, Zack Gamble on guitar, Wynn Hyatt on drums, and Blane Johnson on bass currently call Albany, Georgia home; but, since 2008 Evan has been playing over 200 shows a year, continuing into 2011 with an extensive tour of the Southeast. This album is packed with awesome guitar playing, Evan's charismatic vocals as well as his simple, straightforward lyrics on heartbreak, regret, long drives, and wanderers.

The record begins with some sex appeal and testosterone in “Stiletto” and I must say that Zack Gamble's fret work is impressive to say the least. The track “Ammunition” tells the tale of a wandering desperado unable to commit, living his life on the run and always looking for more, while the aching pedal steel opens the pensive “Perfume & Whiskey,” a song about regret, loneliness, and the passing of time. And, in the fun yet blunt “Ramblin,” Evan admits that traveling, foolish pride, and relationships don't mix. “Haltin Move” showcases Zack's skillful and agile guitar playing while Evan sings about a sinner, shots fired and bullets flying. Finally, the album closes with the reflective and forlorn “Birmingham” and the morose “Lessons.”

While listening to the album, it was easy to see that it was firmly built upon Zack Gamble's amazing guitar skills and Evan Barber's lyrical and vocal talent. Overall, Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers' debut, self-title album about heartbreak and hard-livin' is a seamless production of Southern rock with backbone and grit.
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1 comment:

  1. Based on listening to "Stiletto" this sounds like it would be a CD that I would love to listen to while driving on country roads with my windows down!