Powder Keg

Powder Keg

by Riley Etheridge Jr.
     
 
Riley Etheridge, Jr.'s press materials for his second album, Powder Keg, refer to him as an Americana artist, which is a reasonable enough description, given that the arrangements on the disc include country, rock, blues, soul, pop, folk, and Cajun styles, with a horn chart on one song and a steel guitar and fiddle on the next.

Overview

Riley Etheridge, Jr.'s press materials for his second album, Powder Keg, refer to him as an Americana artist, which is a reasonable enough description, given that the arrangements on the disc include country, rock, blues, soul, pop, folk, and Cajun styles, with a horn chart on one song and a steel guitar and fiddle on the next. Etheridge himself speaks of examining the Americana charts and seeing there names of fellow artists he admires, such as John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, and Lyle Lovett. The implication is that he is to be categorized with them, not only in terms of musical style, but also in terms of accomplishment, but the album doesn't justify such a conclusion. Etheridge has a good, husky voice, and his accompanists pick out the different genres well, but his songs lack the individuality of a Lovett or Earle. He sings of love and rural life, and even reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in "Look at the State We're In" (and he covers a much better songwriter, Willis Alan Ramsey, on "Northeast Texas Women"). But there's nothing here that really stands out as signature material. Rather, the collection comes off as a high-quality publishing demo, to be passed around in Nashville in hopes of getting a cut on a prominent country artist's album and thus generating some income. For himself, Etheridge seems to have mastered a range of rural musical forms and is able to craft songs, but he lacks a spark of inspiration that would make his tunes matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Rock Ridge Music
UPC:
0677516131223
catalogNumber:
61312
Rank:
141895

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Riley Etheridge   Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Bobby Campo   Horn
Dan Dugmore   Lap Steel Guitar
Shane Theriot   Guitar
Rick Trolsen   Horn
Doug Belote   Drums
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals
Aaron Fletcher   Horn
Andy Bourgeois   Organ
Wendell Tilley   Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Sieberth   Organ,Piano
David Ellis   Bass
Johnathan Yudkin   Mandolin,Violin
Kyle Cripps   Horn

Technical Credits

Willis Alan Ramsey   Composer
Wendell Tilley   Composer,Producer
Jacque Delatour   Engineer
Larry Sieberth   Horn Arrangements
Riley Etheridge   Composer,Lyricist

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