Come to the River by Rhett Walker Band on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

From its opening track, Come to the River demonstrates its Southern rock bona fides with twang-laden vocals, searing slide guitar, and swampy ambiance. The key element that distinguishes this Nashville-based outfit from similar groups is its collective Christian faith. Lead singer/guitarist Walker brings a compelling backstory as a rebellious preacher’s son to the project, steeping his tunes in Biblical content while serving up a gritty, roots-based sonic gumbo that suggests The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, and Third Day in various combinations. “Gonna Be Alright,” “Make Me New,” and “Can't Break Me” carry a convincing guitar bite, along with a theme of spiritual revival. Slower numbers like “Brother” and “Singing Stone” (featuring vocals by All Sons & Daughters’ David Leonard and Leslie Jordon, respectively) have a bittersweet quality that shades into alt-country terrain. “When Mercy Found Me” provides a radio-friendly entry point into the album’s redemptive message. It's a highly promising first effort, fusing an outlaw’s fiery spirit with a believer’s passion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From its opening track, Come to the River demonstrates its Southern rock bona fides with twang-laden vocals, searing slide guitar, and swampy ambiance. The key element that distinguishes this Nashville-based outfit from similar groups is its collective Christian faith. Lead singer/guitarist Walker brings a compelling backstory as a rebellious preacher’s son to the project, steeping his tunes in Biblical content while serving up a gritty, roots-based sonic gumbo that suggests The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, and Third Day in various combinations. “Gonna Be Alright,” “Make Me New,” and “Can't Break Me” carry a convincing guitar bite, along with a theme of spiritual revival. Slower numbers like “Brother” and “Singing Stone” (featuring vocals by All Sons & Daughters’ David Leonard and Leslie Jordon, respectively) have a bittersweet quality that shades into alt-country terrain. “When Mercy Found Me” provides a radio-friendly entry point into the album’s redemptive message. It's a highly promising first effort, fusing an outlaw’s fiery spirit with a believer’s passion.

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About Rhett Walker Band

A Christian alternative Southern rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee, the Rhett Walker Band is fronted by Rhett Walker (the son of a preacher), who handles the lead vocals and most of the songwriting, with Kenny Davis on drums and Joe Kane on guitar. The band formed in Nashville in 2011 and released a debut album, Come to the River, on Essential Records in July of 2012. ~ Steve Leggett

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