CD REVIEW: Greenlight Caravan - Mother Earth Revival
By Don Sechelski - 12/23/2008 - 09:49 PM EST
Artist: Band: Greenlight Caravan Album: Mother Earth Revival Label: Smashing Grass Records Genre: Guitar Funk Rock Sounds Like: Little Feat, Eagles, Spin Doctors Technical Grade: 8/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10 Commercial Value: 8/10 Overall Talent Level: 9/10 Songwriting Skills: 9/10 Performance Skill: 10/10 Best Songs: Paracleto's Umbrella, Pocket Full of Regrets, Lay Down Low CD Review:
Greenlight Caravan is a hard
driving, funky rock band from Lafayette,
Louisiana. Their new release, Mother
Earth Revival is a great collection of guitar based, groove driven songs.
Mark Clark sings lead vocal and plays a variety of guitars, synths, and
percussion. John David Fontenot plays a wicked lead guitar, provides background
vocals, and a variety of other percussion. Eric McClanahan plays bass,
background vocals, sitar, and percussion. Eugene Botts plays a variety of
keyboards and sitar, while Mark Anthony Guilbeau shares drumming duties with Eric Pierret and Mike Burch . Mark
Clark is listed as the primary songwriter but several the band members have songwriting
One of my favorite cuts on the CD
was Paracleto's Umbrella. Fontenot lays down a powerful guitar riff
before the band falls into a throbbing, churning rhythm that's bound to get the
dancers up. This is groove music reminiscent of the late 60's band Little Feat.
The opening percussion of Mother Earth Revival takes me back to the many
hippie festivals I've attended. I'm sure these guys must rock a live show.
Evolver is a slower moving ballad
encouraging a friend who is making a recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Clark's vocal and Fontenot's guitar do a great job of
avoiding the cliché pitfalls and make the song honest and moving. Pocket
Full of Regrets is another slower tune that highlights Clark's
soulful vocal. Resolution is a funky number in the style of classic guitar rock
from the Doobie Brothers. Lay Down Low gets downright funky with some great
vocals and a popping hot horn arrangement courtesy of guest, Jon Smith,formerly of Edgar Winter's White Trash. Idle Hands boasts a tasty lead guitar over a rockabilly
arrangement for a nice change of pace. Some soulful keyboard work from Botts
sweetens the mix.
Earth Revival is a
revival of some great rock traditions, especially the great mix of funk and
guitar rock. If you like funky guitar rock that stands out from the crowd, check
out Greenlight Caravan's CD Mother Earth Revival.
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