2011: 15 of the Best. #11…

December 2, 2011

11. Ponderosa – Old Gin Road

From: Moonlight Revival
Released: January 18, 2011
Label: New West
Buy it: Here.

Usually this brand of southern fried rock makes me roll my eyes and change the channel or skip to the next track but when I was listening to a New West Records sampler that was given to me as part of a Record Store Day promotion, my ears perked up. I don’t know what sets them apart from other country rock bands, but the way the song slides from that “Ooh girl, you know you drive me crazy” bridge into the chorus and back to the verse just came off as all sorts of awesome. I probably would say so, but to me it sounds a lot closer to Faces than it does Lynyrd Skynyrd. That’s an important distinction that not nearly enough rock bands (particularly those of the southern variety) ever seem to make.

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