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Preacher Stone: Uncle Buck's Vittles
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Preacher Stone: Uncle Buck's Vittles

Southern Melodic/Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

I've wondered what's happened to traditional American southern rock in the last two decades. Much of that early tradition has been co-opted by modern pop Nashville and popularized lately by Kid Rock (for better or worse). For the real deal, in the current era, you could turn to Preacher Stone and their debut Uncle Buck's Vittles.

Listening to Uncle Buck's Vittles, one might say Preacher Stone is more Lynyrd Skynyrd and less Allman Brothers when considering their Southern rock legacy. Preacher Stone rocks hard as Can't Keep a Good Man Down, Carved in Stone, or Judge Me Not certainly prove. Yet everything is tempered by some gritty blues rock guitar and country dobro. A possible touch of the Bakersfield sound can be found in I'll Be Damned. Also true to form, Preacher Stone mixes God, guns, and sex in a fine enigmatic formula on Nuff Said, Come On In, and Save My Soul. Add family and traditional sentimentalism and Preacher Stone nails the ballad Hand on the Bible (although I don't think a single member of Preacher Stone has ever lifted the cover of the Good Book). Production and mix is solid: clear and dynamic. But sometimes the songs run on when Preacher Stone made their point within three and a half minutes: Can't Keep a Good Men Down and Carved in Stone are victims. They cover The Beatles Come Together in a southern rock way like Aerosmith did in a hard rock vein; it's okay, but I think I'd like to hear it live before passing verdict.

In the end, with Preacher Stone and Uncle Buck's Vittles you have a solid representation of classic Southern hard rock without the pomp and hair spray of the current Nashville version. No, Uncle Buck's Vittles is gritty and gut level: suitable for a rowdy kegger on a Friday night or a back porch congregation around a bottle of Jack on Saturday afternoon. Recommended.




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In Short

With Preacher Stone and Uncle Buck's Vittles you have a solid representation of classic Southern hard rock without the pomp and hair spray of the current Nashville version. No, Uncle Buck's Vittles is gritty and gut level: suitable for a rowdy kegger on a Friday night or a back porch congregation around a bottle of Jack on Saturday afternoon.

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