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Edgehill Avenue Rambler [album]

Edgehill Avenue: RamblerDescribed as ‘Rock ’n Roll with
  a purpose
, Rambler is a very creditable
  offering from Edgehill Avenue — a band
  that has come up through the ranks
  via their acoustic roots to a more mature
  and rock-orientated sound, drawn from
  their rigorous live schedule over the
  past two years
...”

CATCHY AND CAPTIVATING, Rambler is laden with ten superb tracks that give Edgehill Avenue the smart sound they have clearly worked hard to achieve, and which conversely seems effortless.

Kicking off with the smouldering title track about abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Rambler ends with the heart-wrenching tenth track Justified, that deals with the tragic atrocity of genocide.

These guys are really something. Taking each track as a separate entity, the result is an appealing treatment of southern rock, folk and country with a bluesy mix that creates a buzzy, well-rounded album with a delightful sound.

Classic influences include top notch artistes such as The Black Crowes and Ryan Adams; the Allman Brothers, Zeppelin and the Stones a melting pot of musical ability that, as the publicity machine expounds, "finds the band utilising their musicianship to convey the energy and imagery that only solid song-writing can produce. In the realm of all-country, southern rock and blues this is a record that physically impacts you while resonating intellectually."

Edgehill Avenue's Rambler is an enjoyable album, exuding fullness and poignancy with plenty to say and much to like, with great voices and the harmonies to go with them a purposeful album with a nod to tradition and 21st Century verve.

Stand-out tracks are: the delightful title song Rambler, a lovely and upbeat With These Hands and the terrific country style I'll Be Leaving You Now. Holding On and Justified are also highly memorable.

Produced by William Bartley and Nick Stevens at Downtown Studios, Rambler is, as Louisville Music News notes: "A piping-hot stew of southern rock, blues, folk and country, served up in generous portions, that kicks you in the pants one song, then buys you a drink on the nextů throughout the work we get crisp, dead-on-target musicianship from the entire line-up!"

And talking of the line-up, there is Drew Perkins (lead vocals, guitar, primary songwriter); 'Hurricane' Mike McLaughlin (lead guitar); John Poole (bass, backing vocals); Lamont 'Phatbeat' Melson (Drums) and Paul Nevitt (organ, piano). Keep up the good work, guys.

Edgehill Avenue's Rambler is available now (released 24 February, 2009).

Track Listing

1 Rambler | 2 With These Hands | 3 Just Another Day | 4 Don't Come Round Here Anymore | 5 I'll Be Leaving Now | 6 Just Don't Care Anymore | 7 How You Really Feel | 8 Holding On | 9 Out Of Time | 10 Justified | 11 Justified (Radio Edit).

"Edgehill Avenue's Rambler is an enjoyable album, exuding fullness and poignancy with plenty to say and much to like, with great voices and the harmonies to go with them a purposeful album with a nod to tradition and 21st Century verve" Maggie Woods, MotorBar


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