Rosco Levee: Final Approach to Home
Red Train Records
Subtle yet stinging lead guitar; a sound that is down home and gritty- singer songwriter Rosco Levee from Kent goes back to his roots on his debut solo album. On 'Final Approach To Home', Levee and his capable band serve up an impressive sampling of country/blues-based rock and steady rock and roll.
Rosco Levee lyrically declares the heartfelt importance of home and is at times heard running from the hellhound on his trail. Album images include flowing rivers down south and diamonds in the rough. Despite hailing from Kent, Levee nevertheless conjures American southern rock boogie akin to notable practitioners the Allman Brothers Band.
'Goldrush' is the inspired opening track- straight ahead country roots rock with appealing vocals and tasteful guitars. “Lay down your resistance and open up your arms wide,” Levee sings. The sound is well suited for a cabin in the countryside - a solid bit country and blues and a whole lot rock and roll.
'Seven Seas My Name' offers rollicking blues, solid drumming and instrumentals that carry weight. Returning to the album’s major theme, Levee sings, “No man may take me away from home.” 'All May Change Tonight' offers killer slide guitar and some fine piano work. This music is earthbound, natural and well performed: simple man kind of music, dusty roads journeys kind of music.
'I Got Soul' offers stirring country rock, educated in the blues with more moving slide guitar work. The lyric is spiritual: “I’ve been lost and I’ve been found by the grace that keeps this world turning.”
'97-3' is a forceful charge ahead rocker with imagery of a “crowd knocking down your wooden doors.” 'Headlight Burn' includes cascading organ crescendos and hard chugging blues rock. Classic 1970's Rolling Stones comes to mind.
'Ol’ Shanky Shake' offers bucolic country imagery with a sinister back drop. The song tells a tale of murder, jail and the long arm of the law.
'When You’re Gone To Ramble' is the eloquent closer. "When lost in the dark", Levee counsels, “you can lay your sweet love close to mine.” Guitars, drums and horns all jam out to close.