The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Rating 4 out of 5)
On their website, The Statesboro Revue claims The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater revival as major influences, but I beg to differ. Just a little though. Certainly there is a dusting of all of those great artists on Jukehouse Revival, their latest long player, but to our ears the influences go back deeper even than that.
The harmonies, especially on “Undone” and “Roll on Mama” are pure Sittin’ In’ era Loggins and Messina, and “Count on Me” would have fit in quite nicely right after “Amie” on Pure Prairie leagues Bustin’ Out Record. “Tallahassee” throws a bit of “The Outlaws” into the mix, and “Honkytonkin” is a let’s party call to arms with the entire band kicking in with guitar and piano solos.
The vibe gets a bit down and dirty on the opener “Bedroom Floor,” a song that really shows of the songwriting chops of the main singer and songwriter Stewart Mann, and is a sentiment many of can relate to. After all, how many of us can’t say that they don’t always wind up on the bedroom floor. On “Go Down Slow” they do just that on a slow tempo almost tearjerker song that is damn good here, but would have been velvet gold in the hands of George Jones. Another sterling example of terrific songwriting, excellent song construction, and pristine production value. This one might be the best pound for pound song on the album, and “Last Ramble” is another slow burner perfect way to end the set.
This is a “pure-bread, never a dull moment, every song’s a winner baby” record with no bad apples in the bunch. So suspend disbelief, jump in your hot tub time machine and ride the 70’s Cosmic Cowboy range all the way to tunesville.
Your ears will be much obliged.