Mike Cullison 'Roadhouse Rambler' Self-Release

The title gives it a way. This is roadhouse rock a blend of R 'n' B, country, rock and soul. Slide guitar, piano and harmonica bolster the first track of this 6 track mini-album. Next up Whiskey Memory is country barroom heartbreak with weeping pedal steel. Cullison is the writer and co-writer of the featured songs and the no-fuss sapient singer who is equal parts Sun and Stax. Drinkin' Songs is another plea for the music of Hank, Merle and others true to the cause. Produced with understanding by Mark Robinson it features some fine playing from the likes of Mike Daly on steel guitar, Randy Handley's keyboards, harmonica from Ben Graves and Robinson's guitar. These six tracks will leave you wanting more and that's the way it should be. This, again, is not something that hasn't been heard before but it needs to be hard again. It makes you feel good and while it is not the hardcore country of those acts rooted in the 50's takes the spirit of that era and drags it screaming into your neighbourhood bar. The mini-album closes with Who Turned You Loose a song with slide guitar and accordion that makes for a mighty fine noise and closes this self-contained example of Cullison's combustible music worth checking out.