Artist Ponderosa Moonlight Revival Rock Pop Product Type Compact Disc

Track Title. 1 Old Gin Road. 2 I Don’t Mind. 3 Pistolier. 4 Hold On You. 5 Little Runaway. 6 Pretty People. 7 Girl I’ve Ever Seen. 8 Revolution. 9 Broken Heart. 10 Penniless. 11 Devil On My Shoulder. Ponderosa are a band, but not a band feeling its way to a mature sound and style — Ponderosa are already fully developed on Moonlight Revival, the group s debut album on Records. Sounding at times like a blend of the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Tom Petty, all with just a dash of country tossed in, this Atlanta-based band delivers first-rate songs with verve, joy, energy, and attitude, due in no small part to lead singer Kalen Nash’s poised and assured vocals. Everything works here — the vocals, the guitars, the little piano touches. The opener, Old Gin Road, could play anywhere on today s radio dial, from country stations to alternative rock stations. It features crisp guitars, great hooks, and a solid lead vocal from Nash, and it s no accident that it s the band s first single. But it might not even be the best song on the album. I Don t Mind” is just as good, and Pretty People, driven by a Stones-like guitar riff and British Invasion harmonies, is arguably even better. Oh, and then there s Revolution, which sounds like the rocking political song Tom Petty has always wanted to write, and the warm, back-porch folk/bluegrass feel of Penniless, which shows just how versatile and talented this band is. These guys are the real deal, and they ve arrived fully formed. It s difficult to imagine a better debut album this year. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi.

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