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by Edgehill Avenue

Organic, raw roots-rock in the vein of The Black Crowes, Ryan Adams, Allman Brothers, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rambler
4:50 $0.99
2. With These Hands
5:17 $0.99
3. Just Another Day
4:51 $0.99
4. Don't Come Round Here Anymore
4:45 $0.99
5. I'll Be Leaving Now
5:57 $0.99
6. Just Don't Care Anymore
5:32 $0.99
7. How You Really Feel
3:58 $0.99
8. Holding On
6:02 $0.99
9. Out of Time
5:14 $0.99
10. Justified
0:42 $0.99
11. Justified (Radio Edit)
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Album Notes
Rock and roll with a purpose, Rambler kicks off with the smoldering title track about abolitionist Frederick Douglass and ends with Justified, an undeniable heart-wrencher dealing with the tragedy of genocide. This release on Departure Records finds the band utilizing their musicianship to convey the energy and imagery that only solid songwriting can produce. In the realm of alt-country, southern-rock, and blues this is a record that physically impacts you while resonating intellectually.

Edgehill Avenue is a 5 piece rock and roll band from Louisville, Kentucky steeped in the roots of American music that draws comparisons to The Black Crowes, Ryan Adams, The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. Growing from the initial duo of Drew Perkins and "Hurricane" Mike McLaughlin the band added John Poole on bass and Lamont "Phatbeat" Melson and recorded an acoustic sounding self-titled demo EP in February of 2007. After playing nearly everywhere and anywhere in 2007 and 2008 the band added Paul Nevitt on keyboards and signed with Louisville's Departure Records to record the full-length and full on rock and roll record, Rambler.

Rambler finds the band building upon the success of their initial release in Feb 2007, a self-titled EP that was primarily meant as a demo but one that exceeded those expectations garnering airplay, favorable reviews and surprising sales. Rambler sees the band move from their acoustic roots to a more mature and rock-oriented sound drawn from their rigorous live schedule over the past 2 years. Produced by William Bartley and Nick Stevens at Downtown Recording this album continues in the vein of what Louisville Music News dubbed as “Americana music done right and well”!



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Chip Withrow

"Dense with bold Southern rock-style anthems, Allman Brothers-like swirling jams, and jangly countrified folk-rock-Rambler is powerful, memorable music...inhabits a unique spot at the crossroads where heady jams meet down-home roots rock...this is a band I would love to see and hear perform. " - Chip Withrow, musesmuse.com (Apr 20, 2009)

Ole Ringsgaard

Great music from Kentucky
After the EP was a quit start, it's really great to listen to this CD. Great! I also learned some on my work in Denmark about that great band from Kentucky! More in that style, please!

Louisville Music News

An Americana Stew
The Hammond B3 organ is the most indispensable of instruments. It instantly adds a level of texture and sacred sensuousness to whatever song uses it, whether it's the lead instrument or just somewhere burbling behind in the rhythm section. It can roar or growl, shake the floorboards or send high tones up to the angels. Think of its use in Booker T. and the MGs "Green Onions" or "Time is Tight." If it had been used in "MacArthur Park," it would've turned that endless tour of purple melodrama into something soulful, maybe even with a finger-snapping groove. And that's a cake we would have gladly brought in from the rain.

So when it's added to some crisp electro-acoustic Americana music as performed by Louisville's Edgehill Avenue, you get Rambler, a slightly souped-up version of the EP the band released in 2007. On Rambler, you get a piping-hot stew of southern rock, blues, folk, and country, served up in generous portions, that kicks you in the pants one song, then buys you a drink on the next.

Rambler starts off with a snarl with the title track, sung in the persona of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and then lightens up in the next track, the romantic (in lyric only) "With These Hands." Things slow down halfway through with the solemn "I'll Be Leaving Now," where the band is joined by background vocalist Leigh Ann Yost, then pick back up with the booka-chicka-booka-chicka, train-driving rhythm of "Just Don't Care Anymore." And just as it begins with a snarling sound, Rambler ends on one as well with "Justified," a short, thought-provoking treatise on genocide and a warning about those with the power to stop it who will feel justified in their actions.

Throughout the work, we get crisp, dead-on-target musicianship from the entire lineup of Edgehill Avenue: vocalist Drew Perkins, lead guitarist Mike McLaughlin, bassist John Poole, drummer Lamont Melson, and the growly organ work from Paul Nevitt.

Americana music is referred to as a catch-all genre: the weathered, raw sound of traditional country shot through with some blues and rock. It's not as cleanly defined as other genres, but that's a good thing. It's as flexible. It's not obligated to lock itself into a box for handy classification. It is, indeed, a stew with ingredients cast off from all the other main dishes, the leftovers from so many ordinary meals. And adding a huge slice of Hammond B3 truly pulls all those ingredients together into something tasty.

It's from that stew that we can enjoy a piece of work like Rambler.