The Rex Granite Band review…February 3, 2018….

THE REX GRANITE BAND

FEATURING SARAH BENCK

SPIRIT  MATTER  TRUTH  LIES

STOP DOING WHAT YOU WANT–WHAT YOU’RE MISSING–CADILLAC CAR–PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE–SAIL AWAY (PT. 1)–STEAMROLLER– MOVE ALONG–SPIRIT/MATTER/TRUTH/LIES–TWO TRAINS–SAIL AWAY (PT.2)

Rex Granite is one of the premier slide guitarists on the contemporary scene.  He and singer-guitarist Sarah Benck  just finished representing Nebraska at the IBC’s, hot on the heels of their November, 2017, release of “Spirit Matter Truth Lies,” nine band originals and one sweet cover that make this outfit definitely one to watch in the future.  The cuts run the gamut from Canned Heat-ish boogies  to tripped-out, extended jams and back again to some sweet soul music, all done with Sarah’s powerhouse vocals and Rex’s @$$-kickin’ slide.

A metaphor for good versus evil is the tale of “Two Trains gonna leave the station–which one are you goin’ on?” which has a Delta feel that is almost spiritual in nature, conjuring up the Crossroads at its most devilish.  Hell hath no fury like Sarah Benck scorned, and she plays the part of the lover waiting on that “Cadillac Car” that never comes to the hilt, while a punched-up horn /harp section drives the gospel-inflected story of repenting, ’cause “there’s a SteamRollr coming, and ain’t nothing you can do!”  Sarah’s incredible vocals are on full display here, as they are on our favorite.  It is a stripped-down-to-the-base-elements, sparsely-arranged read of Percy Mayfield’s classic, “Please Send Me Someone To Love.”  Here, she is sharp, soaring, and spot-on in this timeless interpretation, urging us to “show the world how to get along.”

Fans, the Rex Granite Band and Sarah Benck ask us to “stop doin’ what you want, and start doin’ what you should,” which is to grab a copy of “Spirit Matter Truth Lies,” and drink freely from its bountifully-deep grooves!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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