Jolon Station Band is an Americana, roots rock band formed on the Central Coast, California composed of Bradly Coats (guitar/vocals), Paul Hanna (guitar), Max Sheridan (bass) and Stevie Ray Stinson (drums). They have been playing for audiences since 2017 and recently released an album entitled Big Sunday.
This album contains a heavy dose of Americana and classic rock. It’s familiar but timeless and has a sound that will instantly resonate with fans of the genres. I should note that their sound is most reminiscent of southern rock bands. Lynyrd Skynyrd sure came to mind.
They get going with “Kept My Soul” and you are greeted with sweet guitar licks, a steady drum beat and a robust bass line. It’s as warm and inviting as apple pie. The verse works and the vocal harmonies on the chorus make it soar. Great energy and arguably the highlight on the album..
Up next is “Stepping Stone” and this song is a little more of a ballad. Similar to the last song the instrumentation is on point and the band clicks. You can feel the chemistry. They make good use of the vocal harmonies again and catapult that chorus into the atmosphere.
“Pollyanne” is so smooth. Everything from the percussion elements to the guitar playing. They mention “Hotel California” in this song and The Eagles were another band that did come to mind while listening to their tunes.
The band decided to let loose and have some fun on “Low Rent.” It’s a song that will make you dance especially if you’re seeing this live with a beer in your hand. “Bingo Night” is a straightforward but killer rock number with some epic moments while “Katy Is A Fighter” is the most funky song on the album.
They have a more heartfelt and tender moment on “Kitchen Counter” and close the album with “Dance Hall Patio” which is a warm tender ballad with nostalgia and warmth.
Jolon Station Band isn’t reinventing the wheel here nor do I think that’s their intention. The band builds their sound on decades of artists from the ’60s, ’70s and beyond primarily in the American rock genre. They did their homework and in fact pulled off this sound much better than other peers I have listened to. Some of that is due to the fantastic production and recording quality but mostly because these are experienced and talented musicians who can not only write a song but know exactly how to deliver it. Recommended.
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