Rich Someday

Rich Someday

by Randall Bramblett
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Rich Someday

For his third album on New West, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett delivers another terrific set of intelligent, folk-inflected Southern rock. Drummer Gerry Hansen replaces Michael Rhodes as producer and he helps position the sound to be more direct and stripped down than on past Bramblett releases. There are fewer loops and not as much layering of instruments, which makes the approach more immediate, but no less affecting. Bramblett's honey and grits voice perfectly conveys the feeling of loss that runs through the melancholy lyrics of tunes such as the lovely "The More You Fade," "Hate to See You Go," and the opening "Where Are You Tonight?" That's not to infer that these songs are depressing. On the contrary, the predominantly midtempo arrangements and melodic choruses are inviting, and even on the forlorn "Stupid Shoes" the swampy vibe is as compelling as anything from ex-employer Steve Winwood. Each track is a mini-story as Bramblett's earthy yet often dreamy lyrics and rootsy instrumentation enhance the muted colors. The "oil spot" that leads off "Oil Spot" is obviously a metaphor for something much different, but it is never explained. There are a few more rockers than usual, in particular the rollicking title track and "Queen of England," the only tune where Bramblett unleashes his sax. Instead, Bramblett's keyboards and acoustic guitar flavor the songs, all of which are beautifully arranged and immaculately, but not soullessly performed. Hansen's creative drum fills and longtime associate Davis Causey's less-is-more electric guitar solos hug the curves of the material and flesh out the melodies. Bramblett's moody ballads dominate with "It's Alright," one of the most stunning tunes despite its rather simplistic title. Repeated plays yield increased enjoyment as the songs gradually take hold and the lyrical turns and musical subtleties like the humming background vocals in "Somebody Like Me" become more apparent. For an artist who has stayed under the radar for too long, Rich Someday deserves to be the album to put talented veteran Bramblett on the map.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396610129
catalogNumber: 6101
Rank: 247360

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Performance Credits

Randall Bramblett   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Davis Causey   Bass,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Michael C. Steele   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mike Hines   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic),Group Member
Gerry Hansen   Percussion,Drums,Jug,Group Member
Michael Caton Jones   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buddy Blackmon   Composer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Davis Causey   Composer,Guitar Engineer
Jason Slatton   Composer
Mike Hines   Composer
Gerry Hansen   Producer,Engineer
Elizabeth Bannister   Cover Design
Lenore Bramblett   Cover Design
Justin Knox   Cover Design

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