Following the crackin and kick ass 2009 self-titled debut, Nashville's Blackwater James gives glimpse of coming attractions with their new EP Vol. 1. The torrid and blistering hard rock that envelopes anything from GnR to STP and Black Crowes to Silvertide remains steady and true. The opener and first single, Blackheart, is signature Blackwater James: gutsy and gritty American hard rock at rumbling pace invigorated by catchy hooks and fret fireworks. Burn This City Down, Set It Off, and Closer to Free show Blackwater can rock hard and give a song some real melodic accessibility. Feel Your Way offers a more southern, bluesy, but still heavy edge, but I could have passed on it. Nevertheless, Vol. 1 finds Blackwater James in fine form and in their groove; it's a solid and predictable, in the very best sense, set of American hard rock tunes. For fans, however, they're probably wishing they had an LP worth of tunes.