During a conversation a few years back the legendary Gregg Allman was pressed on his views of Southern Rock..."it's a bullshit term" Allman said, "All rock is southern." In it's purest form rock and roll and most of the American Roots music songbook derived from southern blues...it's all branches from that tree. Scott Sherrard spent the last decade as guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band as was one of the architects, along with Gregg, of the signature southern swampy blues sound Gregg Allman would make notable. After Allman's death 2012, Scott Sharrard became a man on a mission to continue his musical journey and embarked on writing "Saving Grace," his fifth album and first since Allman's passing. He's a blistering guitar player but his depth of knowledge about soul, blues and rock and roll, along with years trading notes with a master like Gregg Allman have made Scott Sharrard an extraordinary writer and composer. This is rock and roll in it's most straight forward and purest form. It takes elements from all the great records in the rack and gives you a gumbo of sound, texture and impeccable taste.
"Angeline" was inspired by the late 50's rock and roll sound of the 5 Royales...a mix of New Orleans swagger, Memphis soul and Harlem boogie. The song highlights Scott Sherrard's soulful, gritty vocals and Craig Dreyer's prowess on the Hammond organ. There's a great conversation happening between Sharrard's tasty guitar fills and bassist Brett Bass' chunking rhythm hovering over drummer Eric Kalb.
The title track, "Saving Grace," a beautiful mix of soul, gospel and 70's rock and roll is perhaps Sherrard's most powerful vocal exercise of the evening. It's love lost and the journey to find one's self in the despair of aftermath. His solo on this song is jaw dropping and shows how powerful a guitarist can be when the don't over play. Scott Sharrard knows all the notes but only uses the right ones.
The song "Everything a Good man Needs" was written by Sherrard and Gregg Allman for Allman's last release but never made it in to the studio before his untimely and sudden death. Scott resurrected the song for this album and it has the trademark Allman sound.
Scott Sharrard Band
Scott Sharrard - guitar, vocals
Brett Bass - bass,
Eric Kalb - drums
Craig Dreyer - keys, sax, backing vocals
The Session Crew
Produced and edited by:
H. Nat Stevens
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