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CD REVIEW: The Gypsy Sons - Whiskey and the Devil
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/25/2013 - 01:34 PM EDT

Artist: The Gypsy Sons
Album: Whiskey and the Devil
Label: Spectra Records
Genre: Americana rock
Sounds Like: Soundgarden, Black Crows, Allman Brothers, Guns & Roses , Train
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Sweet Soul Sunshine, Whiskey and the Devil, Killing Me
Weakness: A few winded songs
CD Review: The Gypsy Sons are a 4 piece band based out of Alexandria , Virginia just released their latest CD entitled “Whiskey and the Devil”.  There’s a line from their bio I really liked: "Every failure that each one of us has had individually and collectively as a rock and roll band has brought us to this point in time. The bad relationships, the drug abuse, the alcoholism, the car wrecks, the strip clubs, the blown amps, the broken strings, the falling off of stages, the tuning problems, the road trips, the long lines, the all-nighters, the blues covers and the music lovers.Band members include: The Hammer - Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar, Eric King - Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar, John Gies - Lead Vocals/Bass and Dave Maguire – Drums.

The CD kicks things off with “Walking on the Water” an intoxicating intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first track explodes in your ears with pulsating rock rhythm, against distorted guitar, against a grand mosaic of peak and valley lamentation and vocals. Track 2 “Til I Found You” serves up a dynamic groove served up against Americana Rock melody and heartfelt musical layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing and infectious. Track 3 “Sweet Soul Sunshine” dishes out impressive Americana rock ditty with everything from impressive guitar and Impressive guitar chops, to amazing harmonies against a good time lyrical content.  As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic 70’s Psychedelic Rock with Hints of Jam band and Classic rock. I suspect musical influences are: Soundgarden, Guns & Roses, Black Crows, Allman Brothers and even Train to Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The music is extremely melodic and stimulating but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety, originality and impressive songwritting. The Gypsy Sons  bring to the table a wide range of talents. Along the way you will notice sizzling solo guitar pyrotechnics, driving drums, and luch vocal harmonies. The vocal accents from The Hammer is packed to the hilt with raw emotion that can't be faked, and lyrics that are wise yet powerfull. There's not a dull moment on the entire CD. The melodies are effective, the overall persona  is infectious and raw. From heartfelt ”Inertia” to rocking “Killing Me” and the title track, to grooving “Right Kind of Lovin’ to melodic Cigarette” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 10 “Shell of a Man” the perfect finale statement for an EP like this.  

All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.

From start to finish The Gyspy Sons are a rock solid 4 piece. Theya re extremely consistent, original, and very hard hitting. Their strength – it’s amazing songwriting, straight forward approach and vocals from The Hammer and company. Make no bones about it these 4 are cutting edge talented composers and musicians. When the ride is over you will want to do it all over again. 

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