Hell Bound Train

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's swamp-blues kings add another notch to their belt of tough, Southern, slide guitar-dominated blues
oots rock with this, the band's fifth studio release. Although little has changed musically since slimming to a quartet, frontmen/guitarists Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's songs have continued to refine their sense of groove, and Gray is increasingly comfortable with his lead vocal status. The group's confident dynamics and the combination of Gray's homey sandpaper voice with the intertwining guitar leads, perhaps best exemplified by "Stuck in Carolina'"s low-boil funk, keeps getting more incisive. Although there are plenty of solos, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's swamp-blues kings add another notch to their belt of tough, Southern, slide guitar-dominated blues
oots rock with this, the band's fifth studio release. Although little has changed musically since slimming to a quartet, frontmen/guitarists Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's songs have continued to refine their sense of groove, and Gray is increasingly comfortable with his lead vocal status. The group's confident dynamics and the combination of Gray's homey sandpaper voice with the intertwining guitar leads, perhaps best exemplified by "Stuck in Carolina'"s low-boil funk, keeps getting more incisive. Although there are plenty of solos, they are in service to the tunes, not vice-versa, surely an anomaly for acts that boast the sheer firepower of these two guitarists. When Gray nails a grimy, rust-colored riff as he does on the opening title track or the obsessive "Lonely," it seems like something ZZ Top would kill for in that band's earlier days. Add the dueling/overlapping guitar lines and the result is a gritty, distinctive attack that is driving when necessary, yet subtle enough to keep the spotlight on Gray's detailed, occasional story-song lyrics that often find him or his protagonists down but not quite out somewhere in the South. Country overtones inform "Take the Back Road Home," altering the approach somewhat, similar to the haunting unplugged, acoustic ballad "Plantation Song" that closes the disc. It's a sporadically spooky, even ghostly vibe, a point Gray articulates on "Ghost in My Guitar" with a distinct Dr. John feel enhanced by bubbling congas. Johnson's six-string banjo and the occasional guest saxophone also shows that though Delta Moon isn't straying from its core sound, there are plenty of ways to tweak the basics without changing the result. Even after five albums over the past eight years, it seems that the group is just starting to explore the possibilities inherent in their blues-based Southern genre. It's a style that could be confining, but in their hands, never is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Red Parlor
  • UPC: 884501257787
  • Catalog Number: 1015
  • Sales rank: 76,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hellbound Train (4:11)
  2. 2 Room 429 (3:23)
  3. 3 Lonely (3:35)
  4. 4 Get Gone (3:20)
  5. 5 True Love Lies (3:34)
  6. 6 You Got to Move (2:59)
  7. 7 Stuck in Carolina (5:00)
  8. 8 Ain't No Train (3:27)
  9. 9 Ghost in My Guitar (4:11)
  10. 10 Take the Back Road Home (3:10)
  11. 11 Plantation Song (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Delta Moon Primary Artist
Francine Reed Background Vocals
Tom Gray Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Darren Stanley Percussion, Drums
Mark Johnson Guitar, 6-string Banjo
Franher Joseph Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Jeff Bakos Engineer
Cooper Holmes Cover Art
Delta Moon Producer
Tom Gray Composer
Chris Griffin Mastering
Darren Stanley Composer
Ben Holst Engineer
Mark Johnson Composer
Baird Inside Photo
Franher Joseph Composer
Carlton Freeman Back Cover Photo
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