FAME Review: Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots
Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots

The Bright Spots

Randall Bramblett

New West Records - NW-3066

Available from Randall Bramblett's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This southern singer songwriter lets all of the music that influenced him loose on this latest release. He has been known as a sideman for his work with the likes of Stevie Winwood, Levon Helm, and Chuck Leavell; as a part of the whole Capricorn label music scene with his work with Sea Level, Government Mule and Greg Allman; and more recently for his work as a songwriter for his contribution to Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream disc. He is one of those multi-instrumentalists who commands respect on each instrument and facet of music making he touches. On this disc, aside from doing the lead vocals he is playing keyboards, sax, and acoustic guitar; he wrote 10 of the twelve songs and contributed co-writing credits on the other two.

The songs run the gamut of all the different genres he is associated with, however this shows where his roots run the deepest and that is soulful music; from the rock and Blues of Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman to the straight ahead blues of Howlin' Wolf to the soul of Ray Charles and even glimpses of Motown and funk, and the Folk/Songwriter styles of Bob Dylan. This disc has it all. With five of the songs recorded in Nashville, TN, and the other seven recorded on his home stompin' grounds of Athens, GA. This collection of songs and his presentation of them is kind of a road map of his career and the artists he has worked with and their influences on him. When you look at the names of the artists he has worked with/toured for years with, and most importantly learned from. Going from Bonnie Raitt to Steve Winwood to Levon Helm and all those others named he has a good road map of American music imprinted in his psyche. This disc is a comprehensive summary of the road of American music styles in the last 20 or 30 years.

Track List:

  • Roll
  • Every Saint
  • 'Til the Party's All Gone
  • My Darling One
  • Whatever That Is
  • John The Baptist
  • Shine
  • Trying To Steal a Minute
  • Detox Bracelet
  • You Bring Me Down
  • All Is Well
  • Rumbling Bridge

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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