Who Shot Them Down by Robbie Rapids: Review
Robbie Rapids tells the chilling story of The Dark Days of April 1964 through his groovy debut single Who Shot Them Down.
Inspired by the Tony Tiffin book Arc Road, the song tells us the chilling story of three police officers being shot dead with their own guns on April 17, 1964, in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Robbie Rapids wrote the song while working in the studio with the author recording the audio for the audiobook.
Detective said this scene is by far the worst
Cops were Handcuffed & executed like a curse
A witness saw a car speeding in reverse
Was this a deal gone wrong or the plot rehearsed
19 bullet shells were immersed but what went down & who shot first
Made in collaboration with producer David Levene, the song captures the vintage blues-rock sound of the 60s and the 70s. The main riff is as catchy as a blues riff gets, with classic strat twangy rhythm and a funky bass guitar it’s a groovy trip to funk town. The narrative style of singing brings the story to life in true blues fashion and to finish it off he does it with a tasty electrifying blues guitar solo that hides a little surprise in its soundstage. Overall, the tone of the instruments, the arrangements of the song, and the storytelling, all of these indicate the craftsmanship Robbie has honed over the years, and the fact that this is his debut single shows that he came prepared and exactly knows what he’s doing.
Review by: Gabe Finch