Album Review : Outlaws & Moonshine “The Devil In The Moonshine”

Artist: Outlaws & Moonshine
Album: The Devil In The Moonshine
By: Dude Diablo

OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE - Devil in the Moonshine cover

This is the time of year when I look back & remember all the great things that have happened in the past 12 months. No, I don’t reminisce about all the good that has drooled out of the mouths of politicians, as that just leads to thoughts so depressing psychiatrists begin hanging themselves in lemming droves like they are now in the race for the White House. Nope, not me. I don’t like politicians, any of them, because their lips move and I seek truth. I look back and give thanks for all the great new music that I have been fortunate enough to hear on the 365 Radio Network & give thanks for their artists’ artistic truths. There is a music revolution happening baby, right before our eyes, and 4 piece southern rock band Outlaws & Moonshine is part of this true renaissance.
Beau Van – vocalist/guitarist
Chris Van – bass
Mike Back – guitarist/vocalist
Eric Piper – drummer

When I think of Music America, I think of The Eagle, yeah The Eagle, soaring miles above this great country, to get a bird’s-eye view. No, I’m not talking a Google, Facebook &/or CIA bird’s-eye view of all citizens, that’s just plain sick. I’m talking an eagle eye view of each music quadrant ie NE, SE, NW & SW. For my money, there ain’t a country anywhere that comes close to the musical universe that America spawns. Then again, because of its musical diversity & creative proliferation, the SE pretty much stands alone with its country, country rock, blues, metal, red dirt, southern rock, gospel, hip hop & moonshine. And that’s just where Outlaws & Moonshine and their 2nd CD The Devil In The Moonshine fit in, ever so snuggly.

If you’re a tepid soul, one use to the boring sameness of the 9-5 cookie cutter drudgery spun out by the Big Radio Boys, well I must say, “Thelma, ya just better get your high heel shakin’ ass back up to Manhattan.” On the other hand, “Thelma, if you light your smokes with napalm & piss whiskey after you’ve eaten breakfast, read on.”
The band opens by splitting the cover off the ball with The Devil In The Moonshine, a song that’s the perfect introduction to their incarnation of modern Southern Rock, which is true grit ripped vocals married to bangin’ slide & edgy electric guitar, all pushed along by riff thundering bass & ass kickin’ drums. They slide into (Here Comes) Bobby like Southern Comfort only to slam shift through all 4 rubber burning gears in Don’t Be Scared. This 3rd song is a heavy, riff driven southern rock rocket, where Mike Back drives a 12” spike into an exploding light socket, igniting the gunpowder fueled fuming whisky vocals of Beau Van, that Chris Van & Eric Peck both kick up a few notches. This proves beyond a reasonable doubt that, though the band now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana they did in fact grow up in the late Greg Allman’s basement, learning from the master himself and that whenever Greg went out, they did listen to Bad Company, gleaning from them some great harmony & riff stylings that they made their own. (And the guys thought that Greg didn’t notice.) Ride or Die is a ballad which gives you time to rack ‘em before Boom breaks and Cootie Brown takes the reigns, giving the guitar player total, screaming freedom of expression. Whiskey, the 7th surprise, opens with a stand alone acoustic duet that drove me head first into a fluid river of molten lead belly thunder. WOW!!! Life is never a bitch when ya got these guys around. I think I just heard the offspring of Southern Rock & Southern Metal and its called Whiskey. It slams the boys into super sonic overdrive.

Well man, this next one has single written all over it, is just plain “truck driver crazy”, is called Hey Y’All but if ya ask me should be called NFA. The tune is every inch melodic, sporting all of the band’s talents, topped with Beau singing “crankin’ on my Harley so my neighbors feel me”. The band follows with the magnetic Redneck, a true babe magnet & close with Different Kind of Man which is 3 fingers of whiskey with a tequila chaser. There are very few artists like OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE. Oh sure, there are a lot of knock-offs, that is pseudo intellectual southern rockers, tatted out like badass escaped convicts who are not at all the real deal. OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE is the real deal, brutally honest, delivering emotion & truthful intuitive music, music that can’t be counterfeited, period. The Devil In The Moonshine (2nd CD) is a polished, big block diamond that’s loaded for unmuzzled grizzly bear. What else could I say?

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