· BLACK MOUNTAIN PROPHET - Notorious Sinner (GYR107) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. SPEED FREAK
02. SMACK ME DOWN
03. I'M READY
04. TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
05. LOVE MY WOMAN
06. NOTORIOUS SINNER
07. POOR OLE BROKEN HEART
08. BABY'S GONE
09. DEUTERONOMY
10. SECOND SON
11. SOMETHIN' IN THE WATER


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR107 - $14.99

Killer debut studio disc by this way-kool blues-based guitar rock band from the backwoods of Kentucky & Tennessee featuring Jarrod England (Rufus Huff) on lead vocals & guitar and Bob Watkins (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies) on guitar. Includes 10 tracks of excellent, dynamic, blues-based, vintage, retro-70s, hard rock mojo that will rock your good jam:house into the next county. The mighty Black Mountain Prophet have landed at Grooveyard Records on the "Notorious Sinner" disc & it's high time to worship at their soul-powered House Of Rock.

Black Mountain Prophet are Retro Sonic Preachers of the good old fashioned Rock N' Roll Gospel who have just added the 11th Commandment to the "Good Book": Thou Shalt Rock. With a musical nod towards Southern Rock territory and growing up on vast amounts of killer 70s rock, these boys know what time of day it is when it comes down to REAL rock n' roll mojo. Featuring the amazing, powerful, vocal talents of Jarrod England, the man is an authentic disciple of Steve Marriott and Robert Plant, singing his ass off, preaching the bad-ass rock vocal god gospel. Brother England also digs in & plays a mean 70s-inspired guitar reminiscent of Paul Kossoff jammin' at the big, electric FREE meets HUMBLE PIE six string boogie train. England is definitely a solid man of rock on a Mission to Keep the Rock alive. Mr. Bob Watkins also handles + shares the dual heavy guitar duties @ Black Mountain Prophet. A legendary "old-school" guitar cat axeslinger who brings & delivers vintage six string guitar mojo that definitely defines and represents the B.M.P. sound.

Produced and recorded by Brodie Hutcheson (Gov't Mule) at the legendary Thundershack Studios in Nashville, the Black Mountain Prophet - "Notorious Sinner" disc is a righteous slice of retro-sonic guitar rock riffage that is Highly recommended to fans of Humble Pie, Free, Cactus, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Warren Haynes, Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Rufus Huff and to people who dig serious rock mojo.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. SPEED FREAK
02. SMACK ME DOWN
03. I'M READY
04. TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
05. LOVE MY WOMAN
06. NOTORIOUS SINNER
07. POOR OLE BROKEN HEART
08. BABY'S GONE
09. DEUTERONOMY
10. SECOND SON
11. SOMETHIN' IN THE WATER

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BLACK MOUNTAIN PROPHET - "Too Much Of A Good Thing"

 

 

· reviews ·

Brimming with bouncy, nostalgic lustre, Black Mountain Prophet couldn't be more "old-before-their-time" if they had a Free-channeling track called "Poor Ole Broken Heart" and a faded picture of an old Native American on the back of their album sleeve. Oh no, wait...

Still, a heavy rock 'n' roll heart, sophisticated blues-rock guitar and a superb, soulful singer in Jarrod England guarantee Notorious Sinner a comfortable level of class. Songcraft, mainly on slower, drifty numbers like "Love My Woman", isn't fully matured yet; but when BMT hit sweet spots, they're very sweet.

Echos of ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, Free and others feed into hearty yet cool riffs and vocal stylings. And "Too Much Of A Good Thing" might be the dumbest singalong we've engaged in lately, but it is a joyous track. Lovely.

7 out of 10

Polly Glass / Classic Rock Magazine (April 2014 issue 195)
 


I had the pleasure to work with Bob Watkins back in his early career with The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies as well as with Brodie Hutcheson back in the nineties with Gov't Mule, and I'm happy to say that both of them have come together in a winning combination on Black Mountain Prophet's debut album, Notorious Sinner. If you think you could be a fan of a band that has a retro drum sound, reminiscent of early Sabbath, vintage, blues-influenced guitar work and gutsy lead vocals that call to mind the best of the seventies, this album is for you. Notwithstanding my fondness for old friends, this album is a stellar debut on its merits. Brodie has designed sounds that are warm and inspiring, and the songs and performances are believable, with none of the pop polish that one expects in the digital age. There is an honesty here that is infectious. With Bob Watkins on guitars and Jarrod England contributing additional guitar work as well as vocals, Thomas Wingate on bass and Riley Wingate on drums, Black Mountain Prophet's Notorious Sinner is an album I recommend that you check out.

Michael Barbiero / Record producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter & journalist (February 2014)
 


Jarrod England is one helluva singer. He proved it in Rufus Huff and here he proves it again, now in Black Mountain Prophet. Rufus Huff is gritty, raw, bluesy hard rock and Black Mountain Prophet actually have some similarities with Rufus, especially in songs like I’m Ready, which is high class classic bluesy hard rock with a touch of vintage Humble Pie or Free. The same goes for the catchy I-can’t-stop-singing-along-rocker Too Much Of A Good Thing. Groovy, rocking, bluesy and so damn good. Bob Watkins and singer Jarrod are two helluva great guitarists! Jarrod also has some really tasteful slide playing under his belt, besides handling drums and bass in some songs. Don't you just hate such talented people ;-). Wish I was... It actually took a few spins for this album to really sink in, but now it’s become one of my favourites! It ranges from good old bluesy hard rock to up-tempo rockers like Speed Freak and cool heavy stuff like the title track. This one, just like Poor Ole Broken Heart balances between wanting to break loose and rock out, but still keeping a cool restraint vibe with Jarrod’s gritty, bluesy soulful voice all over it. If you’re missing bands like Cry Of Love or King Karma, this one’s definitely for you. A killer!!

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (December 2013)
 


"Notorious Sinner" is the debut disc of Black Mountain Prophet, an American guitar rock band from the area of ​​Kentucky and Tennessee. The group was formed around Jarrod England (Rufus Huff) on vocals and guitar and Bob Watkins (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies) on guitar. "Notorious Sinner" includes eleven songs. Jarrod England had a hand in writing all but two of the songs, either alone or with others. The exceptions are "I'm Ready" which was written by Willie Dixon and "Second Son" written by band member Bob Watkins. The album was recorded at the legendary Thunder Hack Studios in Nashville. The producer is Brodie Hutcheson, known for his work with Gov't Mule.

From the start, the band is in high gear. An infernal rhythm, screaming vocals and screaming guitars are the characteristics of "Speed ​​Freak". Riley Wingate kicks ass on his drums as does Thomas Wingate on his bass. There was certainly a lot of inspiration from the early years of Deep Purple for this song. The grooving blues rocker "Smack Me Down" tears around the guitars of Jarrod and Bob. Written by Willie Dixon, "I'm Ready" sounds like a new AC/DC single. Pure classic rock the way it should be. The best song is probably "Too Much Of A Good Thing". The song begins with Jarrod on the harmonica and again, the guitar surfaces with two formidable guitarists, one on slide. This is a beautiful rock song that takes you right from the first moment and does not let go. On quieter songs like "Love My Woman" Black Mountain Prophet is a musical delight. It is a ballad with a lot of Southern soul to it. The title track, "Notorious Sinner" sounds very rough with sublime work from the rhythm section. The guitar really demands attention here.

Very heavy with screaming guitars and a huge Led Zeppelin content in itself is "Poor Ole Broken Heart". Very strong number. The closing track, "Somethin' In The Water" is a Southern rock song at high level. Growling guitars, and drums as bright as we'd love to hear them. In conclusion, Black Mountain Prophet delivers a beautiful hard rockin' debut album with "Notorious Sinner".

Walter Vanheuckelom / ROOTSTIME.DE (January 2014)
 



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