Over the past few years, The Only Sons have become one of just a handful of bands creating great Southern rock. Their third album, American Stranger, is their best to date.
Produced by friend and associate, Glossary's frontman Joey Kneiser, the album was recorded in the church bassist Jonathan Merritt's mother pastors. While recording, the chruch becomes an integral part of the production giving American Stranger depth of sound as well as the religious themes like the allusion to the Genesis story in "Temptation" and the titles "Written Word" and "The Devil Does" in which lead singer Kent Eugene Goolsby says was inspired by a church marquis in Smithville, TN.
Besides the prominent religious theme in American Stranger, the album is jam packed with Goolsby's superior songwriting and Springsteen-esque vocals as well as 70s rock guitar riffs. A feast for the ears, the band balances and mixes country, rock and blues from the raucous opener "Cutting Corners," to the moody "Standing Water" to the hard hitting "Gone Down Swinging."