Raise 'Em High
by Jericho Brown
Put down your shot and ask the bartender to turn this up!
This album is all about the party! Every song is beer-soaked, guitar-driven, twangin' blue collar rock and roll! These guys fall somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood and a cold long neck. The music is equal parts rock and blues with a hint of punk and a splash of Johnny Cash.
The first track screams to life with a serious blues harmonica riff and then rips into the rollick that is "Mississippi Doublewide." Track two, "Work," could easily become the anthem of every auto-worker and teamster in the country. As an answer to The Dixie Chick's "Goodbye Earl," Caddle offers "Had to Die," or maybe it's a homage to Guns & Roses' "Used to Love Her"--either way, it's a heck of a funny song and people will buy you beer if you play it for them!
I don't know who wrote the lyrics for this band, but whoever it was got hurt by a woman real bad. There is a whole story arc if you rearrange the songs. Starting with "Better Bad," a boot tapping bluegrass rocker, our hero falls in mad lust with a girl. But it's a bad deal from the start. "Stay with Me," a slow, heart-squeezing ballad moves from longing to the negotiation and denial portion of love gone wrong. "Afternoon Lies" seems to be about the acceptance, drinking and cheatin' that comes after and this is followed up with the inevitable "Had to Die"--just the way any redneck epic should end!
In short, this is a humdinger of a disc! If you like a little twang in your rock, and a lot of rock in your blues, grab this one! Put it on already! I'm buying the next round...
More on Caddle: www.caddle.com / www.myspace.com/caddle.