This is the third CD from Jesse & Noah Bellamy, sons of a famous father and steeped in the musical tradition of country. Based in Nashville, the brothers are moving in a direction that allows them greater creative control over their song output.
There are diverse styles displayed on the ten tracks, with a rock feel to the title track; a murder ballad swing to True Love Doesn’t Beg and the reflective guitar part that frames Bend in the Road; one of the key songs on display here.
The opening number Weather Man sets the pace with an up tempo musical stomp that reminds me of JohnMellencamp in its’ drive and flow. The violin playing of Elin Palmer is a standout feature on this song.
Florida Water has a driving fuzz guitar break while the reflective Guilty of Myself ends proceedings in a mellow tone.
Overall, the song arrangements are very strong throughout. This bodes well for the future, as Driven Back is the first self -produced release from the brothers and their song writing is certainly maturing plenty of variety across this solid set.