Friday, April 8, 2016

Woodstock Records artists: Waydown Wailers - Empty Promises - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Empty Promises, from Waydown Wailers and it has a swampy, rocky, pop sound. Opening with Don't Let Life Pass You By, lead vocalist and guitar player, Dave Parker leads and easy paced country rock track with a bit of cowboy and a bit of the New Riders influence and some nice steel guitar work from Christian "Moe" Parker, backed by Michael Scruffy Scriminger on drums and Connor Pelkey on bass and vocals. With a modified funky rock beat, Jealousy has a melodic, Tom Petty feel with a bit of hip hop delivery. Interesting. Title track, Empty Promises, is the "hit" track for the release with solid vocal hooks, and an arena rock feel. Waydown Blue has a light, breezy rock feel with a jazzy rhythm. Melodic vocals and balanced instrumental backing is the key here. No Time To Waste is a strait forward rocker with an almost Eric Clapton feel complimented by Moe's clean playing. St. Vraine is a cool ballad reminding me quite a bit of Gregg Allman as a solo artist. Nicely written and delivered, this may be my favorite track on the release. Funky guitar riffs set the pace for, She's Gonna Run, with Booker T style organ work by Professor Louie. An extended guitar solo on this track by Moe is actually quite cool. Hawkins' written Susie Q is always a cool track a much more direct guitar attack than on previously issued covers of this track but cool none the less. Still Water has a strong waltz tempo and with appropriate instrumental backing has a real authentic early American feel. I like this track for it's purity. Very nice! Wrapping the release is Whiskey & Cornbread, a real nice rocker to take this release home. With a Canned Heat feel and slide guitar, this track is a super track to wrap the release.

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