The first ever review of a (eighteen track ) live album is this offering by The Rob Ryan Roadshow. A great Country/Rockabilly/Roots band from Germany, Italy and of course the US ( Rob Ryan himself). The band have seen a lot of success opening for acts such as Imelda May and The Boss Hoss and being signed to the famous Rhythm Bomb Records.
Being a live album there are some differences to what you might usually find on an album. Firstly the recording quality isn’t up to the standard of the best studio releases, however Alex Ott has done a great job and has kept the feel of a live gig in the album. Secondly there are occasional mistakes in the playing but these are easily forgiven, just part of a live gig.
The music itself is a real mix. Take a large bit of Country, a good dash of Rockabilly, add some roots Rock and a hint of Bluegrass and you might have an idea of how they sound.
A quick Roadshow Rundown:
Track one is called “Not Good Enought” a real rockin’ song with hints of Dwight Yoakam. A real driving song packed full of energy and growly guitar work. Sadly it can be hard to hear the lyrics at times.Track two is “Highway Man” a pretty good song. I’d say it has a George Strait feel with the laid backness of a classic rockabilly tune.
Track three is called “Truck Drivin’ Man” which sounds sort of similar to Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones mixed with some crazy Setzeresc Rockabilly guitar.Again in places it can be hard to hear the lyrics. The fourth track “Mind Your Own Business” is like a classic Hank Williams “Move It On Over” sort of tune dirtied up and a little bluesy.
“Rollin With Jesus” is where the bluegrass influence comes in but its well and truly electrified and thought a religious title may put some people off its definitely not one to miss and even includes a little yodel !! “Call Me Shorty” is a bit of a classic tune, you know lyrics about Cadillacs and that !
Track seven “Pick Me Up”is where the band starts to mellow to give Mr Ryan’s voice a bit of time to relax. It’s a nice tune with some lovely guitar work.”Goin Out Drinkin” is a fast Rockabilly/Western Swing number with some Cliff Gallup inspired soloing.
The song “Good Rockin” contains some unnecessary swearing. They seem to be trying to crowbar “motherf*cking” into the lyric, it doesn’t really work. However it is still a very Country kick ass song.”Plain Jane” is a stripped back number which suits the title.”Stay In Bed” features a good chord sequence and some tasty instrumental work.
“Not Anymore” is a real highlight of the album the energy is back !! “Cold Hard Truth” is a really cool song as well a definite favourite. “Heaven Yes” however isn’t quite up to the same standard and a little too repetitive (but then maybe “Cold Hard Truth” was a hard act to follow !).Track 15 has them back to the electrified bluegrass sound with the appropriately named “Bluegrass Song” !
“Full Time Lovin’ Man” is a fast paced sexual song like a countryfied dirty Jerry Lee tune with some nice little whoops here and there ! “Good Hearted Woman” is a more chilled out song nice clear acoustic guitar and sounds really traditional. And finally “Monkey Beat Heaven” roughs things back up again for the grand finale !
http://www.therobryanroadshow.com/ – The Website
Recording Quality (out of ten): 8
Authenticity (out of ten): 8
Songwriting (out of ten): 6
Enjoyment (out of ten): 8
Overall Score (out of 40): 30