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Mother Road: Drive

Over the years there have been countless bands trying to relive the 70s Rock heyday of Whitesnake, Bad Company, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin. Some good, some not so. The latest movers into this market come in the shape of Mother Road, a band with a decent pedigree who can count amongst their number singer Keith Slack (MSG, Steelhouse Lane), guitarist Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor) and keyboard player Alessandro (you need keyboards? Call me…) Del Vecchio. It is a simple formula the trio create, where early Whitesnake slides and slithers, Purple depth is oozed with passion and Bad Company is kept and thrived through. The three main players are the stars (although drummer Zacky Tsoukas and bassist Frank Binke hardly let the side down); grinding riffs dripping with the sounds of days gone by, as the keys add the body and vibrancy that modern Hard Rock often seems to lack. All the while Slack's vocals proving tight as hell and bang on the money.

"Poor Boy (Long Way Out)" is like Lord and Blackmore reunited, "The Sun Will Shine Again" like Coverdale never parted from Moody and Marsden, "Dirty Little Secret" might be like what would have happened if Coverdale had teamed up with Bad Company. In fact there are also a few moments where the hugely underrated Coverdale-Page album is also reminded of, with the hard hitting, yet expansive sound always offering up more than simply tired hip thrusts and lip curling pouts.

Del Vecchio, who must be beginning to rival Tommy Denander for most appearances on Rock albums in the 00s, reveals another side to his character, the classy Hammond surges a far departure from his more expected and often heard atmospheres and parps. It has to be said that he really brings a huge wallop of heart and soul to this record and from such an in demand session man it is an impressively emotive display.

Mother Road may well be "yet another" in the line of bands lining up to relive glory days of decades gone by. However when you combine a cracking guitarist to a vocalist who genuinely cuts the mustard, and then factor in some sizzling songs a rock solid rhythm section and an inspired keyboard player, well, what could possibly go wrong? The answer is simple - nothing! Just put this baby on and Drive!

Track Listing
1. The Sun Will Shine Again
2. Feather In Your Hat
3. Drive Me Crazy
4. Out Of My Mind
5. These Shoes
6. Dangerous Highway
7. Poor Boy (Long Way Out)
8. Dirty Little Secret
9. Blue Eyes
10. Still Rainin
11. On My Way

Added: June 15th 2014
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Mother Road on ReverbNation
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Language: english

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