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Editors’ Notes

This South Carolina-bred foursome retains the rootsy qualities it displayed on earlier releases while adding a bolder, more accessibly sonic edge here. The result is a fresh take on Southern rock, underscoring a largely acoustic instrumental approach with aggressive rhythms and strategic dashes of electric guitar. Bear Rinehart proves himself a wailing lead vocalist in the classic Ray Charles/Joe Cocker mode, diving into tracks like the stomp-driven “Lay ‘Em Down” and the expansive “These Hard Times” with a desperate fervor. “Stones Under Rushing Water” (a wistful ballad featuring Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins) and “Garden” display Bear’s ability to project innate strength with an almost tremulous delivery. Though much of The Outsiders has a serious tone, there’s a playful spirit in the carefree “Girl Named Tennessee” and the slinky “Prisoner.” With “Let Us Love,” Needtobreathe delivers a soaring message of redemption. All told a nearly flawless effort, at once heroic and very human at its core.

Customer Reviews

I've written 3 reviews ever...

...and two of them are for Needtobreathe. This album is stunning from start to finish and I simply can't believe these guys aren't bigger than they are. This is the type of band you pre-order before you even here a single lyric --- which is exactly what I did for this album --- and not a single song, rather note, disappointed. Keep up the great work gents.

Hidden Gems

If you are not familiar with the group Needtobreathe, you are missing out on something AMAZING! I don't know how these guys aren't a household name by now...their music and lyrics are brilliant and filled with so much passion. If you want to see something really special...go see them live if you can. They give 110% every single time. When they perform Girl Named Tennessee, it is a real treat that you won't forget for a very long time. Great job guys!!! This cd is a real treasure....truly something beautiful. :)

This Band Needs to be HUGE

I've followed Needtobreathe from the beginning and this is their best yet. My only complaint is that they are not on every radio station in the country at least a couple times an hour. From their incredible songwriting and unique style signature to an infectious live show, they are clearly deserving of untold mainstream success.


Formed: 2002 in Seneca, SC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Named after acclaimed University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, brothers Bear and Bryant "Bo" Rinehart were born and raised in rural Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, where their pastor father ran a church camp. After moving to nearby Seneca, the two siblings were exposed to a variety of music and started playing instruments themselves. While enrolled at Furman University several years later, Bear -- besides being an excellent wide receiver (he won the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy for...
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