You'll have to travel nearly 40 years back in time to find the origins of Blackwood Creek. In 1969, a seven-year-old youngster by the name of Kip Winger picked a fight with Peter Fletcher, but instead of having a row, the two formed a band, Blackwood Creek, with Kip's brother Nate on drums. Playing their favorite covers from the favorite bands and also their own original numbers, the band gigged the high schools and other venues only to breakup in 1980. Kip went on to form Winger; likewise, his band mates continued in the music biz. Reforming in 2007, Blackwood Creek finds the musical brotherhood and chemistry still vibrant.
Unlike Winger's latest Karma, Blackwood Creek reminds of what this band may have sounded like around 1975. There's an earthy, no nonsense, hard rock feel to songs like Nothing But the Sun, Your Revolution, and Jimmy and Georgia which make them more fundamental than trendy. Yet this doesn't mean that BC can't bust out and rev up the rock. Both Out in Outer Space and Rack of Greed shows their ability to bruise and blister with genuine heaviness. Particularly impressive is the well-crafted vocal harmonies of the Winger brothers with Fletcher. While Kip delivers his best nasty rock and roll grittiness, on a song like Lover Inspector it's tempered by Nate and Fletcher's accompaniment. But for some magical vocal harmonies, Wooden Shoe will stop you in your tracks.
I wonder how the Wingers and Fletcher felt when the worked on this disc. Was it a fond reminiscence of yesteryear? Or maybe, a Yogi Berra deja vu all over again. Regardless, Blackwood Creek shows us that they were on to something good in their youth, and we benefit from it in this day. Recommended.