Randy McAllister And The Scrappiest Band In The Motherland – Spitball, Shatter And Patch | Album Review

Randy McAllister And The Scrappiest Band In The Motherland – Spitball, Shatter And Patch

Reaction Records LLC

www.randymcallister.com

10 songs time – 41:57

East Texan singer-songwriter-drummer-harmonica player Randy McAllister fuses an alliance of blues, southern soul, gospel and all manner of roots music with the aid of a solid support band on his latest release. His rich soulful pipes enhance every one of his original tunes right down to his core. Kansas City’s guitar ace Brandon Hudspeth from Levee Town handles all manner of guitars, his slide skills particularly powerful. The rhythm section he has gathered is solid as a rock. Heather Newman supplies her hearty background vocals on three tracks. His songs and delivery speak well of the human condition.

Bill Mckemy’s tuba replaces the electric bass on the laid back roots stroll “Relax Watch The Crash” that addresses the fact that sometimes you just can’t change things so you might as well chill out. Heather Newman’s background vocal compliments Randy’s vocal to a “tee”. Randy lends his hand at drums and harmonica on “The Loudest Chicken” as Brandon Hudspeth takes his electric slide guitar on a wicked trip. The slide doesn’t let up on the slower paced but intense “My Drawl Caused It All” and Heather Newman adds her soulful vocal behind the lead.

Drums are caste aside for a front porch acoustic guitar and harmonica simmered slow groove on “Kingsland”. “Rolling Up My Sleeves” bounces along via an intoxicating guitar riff under more electric slide goodness. Soul music meets the blues at the crossroads on the strutting “Straight Up Truckin”. More soul-blues fusion on “The Song That Writes Itself”-“Your choices have come back for you”.

Things get greasy-funky with crazy good electric slide on a song about lake “Pactola”. The Delta materializes right before your very peepers as we’re once again chillin’ on the porch with “Laid Back Jack”. Lazy acoustic slide and mournful harmonica. What a way to close things out-more electrified slide on the rockin’ blues of “The Girl’s In Love (With Herself)”.

Man!… A super soulful voice pared with a guitar wiz propped up by a rock steady rhythm section and sassy background vocals, what more could a music junky want for? It’s all here bolstered by great production and arranging values. If I were you I’d get it in gear and snatch this hot little biscuit up.

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