Songs From Your Suck — Randy Steele — Indie Music Reviews

Songs From The Suck — Randy Steele


Songs By The Suck — Randy Steele, is a solo album by a number of those members of the Slim Pickens Bluegrass group out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Suck is really a reference to Suck Creek that comes into the Tennessee River close to Randy’s house. From the early days prior to TVA dammed the oceans, it turned out to be a notorious section of rapids that would break boats and such. Just below was Moccasin Bend, in which Cherokee raids were frequently waiting, along with the Muscle Shoals in Alabama was another dangerous section of the river. He enjoyed it phonetically and that I thought it’d be a simple name to remember.

Randy Steele makes his message clear, but the proof is all in those songs that move just about everywhere bluegrass can without losing its ground, but it’s it all from folk to blues and contemporary Americana stylings. It carries an entry that is really hard to find in hardcore bluegrass circles, however, Steele and his group are well-known in their own area, as well as staged abroad. Being a new comer consistently helps but being new to me it makes all of the difference due to the freshness of their songs and how much they travel away from the usual bluegrass norms. It crosses over very.

Among my favorite songs is “One Man Stringer” but it’s toward the close of the record. Nevertheless, it’s important to point out where it’s hard to best and where it actually peaks, and that I find it to be an obvious choice for one, but this record was out for some time. Do not overlook this particular track, it’s an outstanding display of exactly what these musicians do. But you’ll figure out from the get go, that Randy Steele and CO do the right company by bluegrass by incorporating just the right amount of folk and blues, and of course the country music audio from that their heritage stems. All of these are compelling tracks, each single one of them.

“Northbound 29” gets the show on the road using a truck driving tune that sizzles into the bone. Randy Steele’s voice reminds of 60’s artist Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs, that I’m reminded of, however, it doesn’t mean that he even understands who McPhee is. Nevertheless, it’s exactly the identical singing style that could be possessed by lots of such singers of their past and present. It’s well worth mentioning as a compliment though. “Mobile Soon” is an acoustic highlight about missing home, that placed third in the Bluegrass Songwriting Competition. And that is among the strongest factors about Randy Steele, next to none bluegrass songwriting.

The latter tune is a soothing track with all these zen pulled into a single track that anyone can muster. It checks out in each sector on this fine record of world class songs. “1983” is where the fun gets the most focus, with a look back on the year 1983, told in his infectious way, with a few choice string bending of that these songs are all fortified with. If bluegrass is your thing, this is essential hear, but even though, it will go far in bringing one about to exactly what the south east has to give, that is a number of the greatest music ever. “To The New Perspective” closes the record with a sign of that down homeness to show that about it.

Jeff Turner