Rave Review for The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume II!
Phillip Smith declares that "The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume II is a delectable album tailor-made for the blues enthusiast" filled with "Texas-style blues riffs". Please click the videos below and listen to the tracks that sparked such enthusiasm. To celebrate the love, SHOP HERE and SAVE 20% OFF all physical CD's by entering promo code FANLOVE20 at checkout. Thank you Phillycheeze's Blues and Rock Reviews for the awesome review!
2015 – Cherryburst Records
By Phillip Smith; Feb 20, 2016
Rocky Athas delivers another ten terrific tracks in the second installment of his Essential series. Volume II was well worth the wait indeed. Heavy-laden with killer Texas-style blues riffs, “You Move Me” kicks this album off with a jamming, soulful groove. Immediately following, Athas then crushes it on “Bluesville”, a beautifully performed heartbreaker. Hope is the foundation of “Miracle”, a silky smooth R&B love song, delicately played with tasty hot guitar licks. The funky bass line and trance-friendly beat in “On the Move” create the perfect atmosphere for Athas to let loose on his ’74 Stratocaster. I could listen to this instrumental all day long. And for a song that really makes an impression, “Survival” gets right to the core, as Athas paints a hellish picture of war, in Warren Zevon-esque bravado. The monster cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” , however, is the cherry on top of the album. I love this track right down to the glorious cow-bell intro. This song is played loud and often. The Essential Rocky Athas Volume II is a delectable album tailor-made for the blues enthusiast.
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