Unfinished Business (2022)

A real rejuvenation of "old school" southern rock, this "Unfinished Business" by the Sam Morrison Band! Sam Morrison, a native of Ohio based in California, always delivers us excellent records. His album "Dig It Or Don't" dating from 2011 is great and suffers from absolutely no complex in front of the best American southern rock bands. This one is of the same kind, eleven titles, from which emerges to start "Straight Outta Jacksonville" which diffuses a very Lynyrd Skynyrd/Molly Hatchet atmosphere. Irresistible too, "Hell Yeh" slightly brassy, ​​with a slide-guitar intro with Sam Morrison very comfortable singing, with his "bourbonized" voice a little scratchy. A jewel arrives with the fluidity of a transverse flute on "My Reason", an admirable declaration of love, an ode dedicated to his other half in the style of the Marshall Tucker Band, one would think oneself back in the Capricorn era with the "Carolina Dreams" of the Marshall Tucker Band in 1977 and its standard "Heard It In A Love Song", what happiness! Then boogie with "Who Shot John", but especially "Man Like Me", which turns to the demonstration with its jazzy beat with a kind of Charlie Daniels Band and Allman Bros magnetism. The album title "Unfinished Business" comes from the rich musical imprint of the Charlie Daniels Band. Sam Morrison respects Charlie Daniels a lot, both his music and his values. Moreover, on this album he covers in a convincing way the "Reflections" of the late "Father Charlie", a title that he had composed in tribute to Ronnie Van Zant in 1979 on the album "Million Mile Reflections". The Sam Morrison Band inoculates a southern lifeblood and a saving authenticity on titles like "Say Can We See" and "Live Again", and at the terminus "Turn Up The Music", with a Marshall Tucker Band tinted breath.

So in conclusion we break the piggy bank not to miss this tonic "Unfinished Business" highlighted by flamboyant guitars, where everything swings from start to finish. One only word: PRIMORDIAL!

Jacques Dersigny
Translation : Y. Philippot-Degand


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