Moving Down South by Down South Pepper Band: Review
Imagine the most traditional and enjoyable country music, then add an authentic, creative, and distinct appeal born of an appreciation for the craft, and you have the Down South Pepper Band and their current release, ‘Moving Down South’. And this time, the band’s excellent finger-picking guitar approach perfectly complements the thundering beat.
The song is energetic, with excellent guitar flourishes and tones as well as pleasant vocal harmonies. The drums shuffle and stride along nimbly, with a fantastic sense of dynamics and an open, airy mix. The singing is sincere and capable, with warm, captivating accompaniment. Perhaps only a guitarist understands the struggle of getting such a full tone from a thin single-coil sound, but the feel and pleasure of the superb riffs and cool solos will have international appeal while the bass marches along the open dirt road, giving off that strong country vibe. The drums play the wind and the sun, capturing the bright sunlight at ideal angles and taking the beams farther and higher as the rhythm goes on, expanding the warmth into strings that the guitar can play.
It’s warm, groovy, and a piece of great music. The band glides from wistfulness and whimsical to confident and headstrong, all wrapped up in a great rock meets country packaging, telling us about having to migrate down south.
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Photo credits: Per Øyvind Mathisen
Review by: Gabe Finch