Black Bird County is a four piece alt country outfit hailing from Louisville, KY. They started the band after hearing an ad for a battle of the bands contest on a local radio station. BBC ended up finishing second in the competition, that featured many extremely established acts, from the region. After getting such a great response, the band decided to record an EP, “Poor Boys Revival”, at Treehouse Audio (Louisville, KY).
From beginning to end,“Poor Boys Revival” is a powerful experience. It’s simplicity, honesty and emotional intensity are undeniably real and immediately compelling. Real-to-life lyrics and crisp vocals lead the charge of this band, who come across as a singular sonic force of human expression.
These guys really come together to create beautiful rock n’ roll landscapes that flow gently from one track to the next. The music, although rhythmical and uptempo, has a mellow feel to it and the band seems to not be taking themselves too seriously, which is a hard to find trait, nowadays. I’d say they’re somewhere in between Johnny Cash and the old time southern rock of Lynard Skynard.
The album also seems to have a relaxed and mature approach for a relatively new band.
The southern alt-rock feel will make you wanna sit by a campfire with friends or lay in a hammock and enjoy an evening with someone. “Without You” and “Get There Fast” along with “Get Down” are my favorites but it is hard to choose when each track has a similar positive feel. Arron’s vocals are inevitably catchy, while the rest of the band really boost the quality of the tracks with some solid playing.
Throughout the whole Ep you’ll get the sense that Black Bird County is navigating between both country and rock ground, but always with a clear sound that identifies the band. Above all, the Ep is easy to listen to and the lyrics are wonderfully simple to follow. These guys will pretty much strike the middle of the road listeners fancy, as they deliver contemporary main-stream music, with quality.
It’s inspiring to hear a band in this day and age produce some authentic, interesting, “real” kicking rock-n-roll music. I think this was achieved mostly because the band sound like they just wanted to make music they love and not produce an album that makes all hit wanting listeners happy.
I highly recommend “Poor Boys Revival”, if you love southern rock, alternative country or just looking for something new to crave.