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by Idlewilde South

Idlewilde South wears their musical influences proudly, without forcing the listener into a corner. The result is a hybrid brand of Americana, roots rock, alternative country and soul.
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1. En Fuego
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2. Mustang Road
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3. Home Again
4:18 $0.99
4. Big Daddy
4:11 $0.99
5. Into The Wind
4:49 $0.99
6. One Step Closer to Dead
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7. I Wish The Rain Would Fall
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8. For Lenora
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9. Arkansas Soul
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10. Okay
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11. Ghosts
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Album Notes
Their name comes from the classic 1970 album by The Allman Brothers, but don't try to paint Idlewilde South as simply another Southern Rock band. Southern flavored, yes, but to fully describe this band's music you may need to stretch a bit. Idlewilde South wears their musical influences proudly, without forcing the listener into a corner. The result is a hybrid brand of Americana, roots rock, alternative country and soul. The band has dubbed their sound, "Sandhills Fusion", named after the region in South Carolina where they grew up.

On April 1, 2014, Idlewilde South released their debut album, Ghosts. Co-produced by the band with Ken Rivers, Ghosts was recorded over 16 months at RiverGlo Productions in historic Cheraw, SC. The result is a labor of love 35 years in the making. Drummer Mike Crawford, bassist T. Scott Crawley and singer/guitarist Joe Middleton first began playing together as Idlewilde South in 1979. In the spring of 2012, Crawford, Crawley and Middleton, along with long time friend and guitarist, David Lear, resurrected Idlewilde South and immediately began writing and rehearsing the original material that would become Ghosts.

The 11 tracks on Ghosts weave through tales of love, loss and redemption growing up in small town America. With its consistent theme of longing for simpler times, along with bittersweet imagery of people and places that time has stolen away, some early reviewers have dubbed Ghosts a concept album. There is a passion in these songs that speaks to the heart, not only in words, but from the hands of musicians that make every note radiate! You will feel solidarity in every song via a unified force with one purpose in mind; to tell a story.



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Michael Smith

Southern Rock influenced. Totally original
My sweet Carolinas continue to pump out amazing music. One outstanding band is Idlewilde South, and their debut album Ghosts really had me at “hello.” First formed in 1979, the band rocked around the East Coast for a while before ultimately succumbing to “real life,” work, family, etc. Then last year the guys decided to regroup and record their first ever album, filled with original songs that are hook-laden, melodic and just plain fun.
They call themselves a “Southern Rock” band - after all, they are named for The Allman Brothers Band’s second album- but this is no Skynyrd; no Marshall Tucker; no Allmans. It is totally fresh, new, original rock and roll. Sure, there are hints here and there of their great Southern influences, as well as others. Some songs have the jingle-jangle sound of Roger McGuinn and the Byrds (“One Step Closer to Dead,” one of the best songs on the record) , some hint at Tom Petty - or Bob Seger. But don’t try to read ahead. Just when you think you have the guys figured out, they toss you a great country song like “Big Daddy.” Singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe Middleton turns in some very good songs and that’s all there is to it. The boys get a little funky on “Into the Wind,” and “I Wish the Rain Would Fall” is just plain beautiful. Another tune I really like is “Ok,” in which they pull out many of the Southern colloquialisms we all grew up with -(ie: “I’m feeling fair to middlin.’”)
The set closes with the title track, “Ghosts,” another top notch tune. If we used stars for ratings, and five was the best, this one would get a five. I love it. – Michael Buffalo Smith, KUDZOO Magazine