Leslie Rich (guitar/vocals), Jason Wahl (bass/vocals) and Pete Boulger (drums/percussion) are Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir. They released an EP entitled Kidder's Son. There is something that struck me as funny when reading about their story. Apparently, Rich is originally from Ireland and came over to the states around thirteen years. He was once in a Celtic band. The thing I found kind of funny was that his music sounds more American than most American bands. Rich had no Irish accent to my ear but he is a Northern Irish native and the music unequivocally has a similar spirit to prominent Americana acts like Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.
The EP opens with “Blindly Moving Anyway” which out of all the songs really plays into Americana qualities. It’s a song that sounds like its home is somewhere in the mid ’90s. This is the time period you really heard these acts on the radio. It’s a well crafted song with no surprises but very well delivered.
“Kidder’s Son” digs into a very similar vibe. I could practically see the pick up trucks and fireworks. “Kind of a Love Song” veers a little towards country and pop. I liked the choice of instrumentation especially on the verse.
I think my personal favorite song was “Long Line Of Fools.” There Is a western desert feel to it. I thought the atmosphere was done really well and Rich kills it on the vocals. Great song. They close with “Qualified” which was a very upbeat and optimistic sounding song. This type of energy work for them especially like the ’80s Paul Simon sound that was coming from them during the verse.
This music isn’t particularly contemporary sounding for 2019 but in this day and age we have a lot more of an even playing field thanks to the Internet. I would say fans of ’90s Americana style in particular will not want to miss this.
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