Anyone who’s witnessed Robert Jon & The Wreck live will know what an incendiary combo they are, their cherry-picking of the best of Southern Rock and Americana, all mixed up to produce their very own individual and tasty gumbo, a thing of wonder. On the new release, EP One Of A Kind, this quartet of tunes shows the four-piece at their no-compromise best, the songwriting and playing enough to make a Southern Baptist preacher cry.
Robert Jon & The Wreck – One Of A Kind EP (Journeyman Records)
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Paul Monkhouse
Encapsulating all that’s best about them, the four slices of Southern heaven here show just how easily they can go from roaring rock to something that is as refreshing as a cold beer on a warm summer’s evening.
Kicking off with a huge Led Zeppelin meets Allman Brothers riff, Pain No More is big, ballsy and full of Southern grace and fire, Robert Jon’s vocals enough to flatten city blocks, and the slide solo by Henry James all anaconda slither and power.
Who Can You Love provides a swift change of pace, its heartfelt and beautifully relaxed charms a thing of seduction that wrap the listener in its warm caress and multi-layered instrumentation.
Somehow managing to bring elements of modern steel and hints of the psychedelic boogie that heralded the upswing for 1960’s Status Quo, all sprinkled in blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll, One Of A Kind is rammed with a welter of driving guitars.
The band save the most rambunctious for last. Come At Me is a big, ballsy number that’s all swinging fists and proud fighting spirit. Joining the likes of Black Stone Cherry and Blackberry Smoke, Robert Jon & The Wreck are bringing gritty, perfectly tooled and incandescent hard rocking blues for the masses, and the world is certainly waking up to their brand of kick-ass good time soundtracking.
Like an out-of-control freight train, these boys can’t be stopped.
One Of A Kind can be streamed or purchased from https://ktbarecords.com/streaming/robertjon/oneofakind/.