· BLACK MOUNTAIN PROPHET - TALES FROM THE SOUTH (GYR150) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. FEEL GOOD MAMA
02. LAY THAT BOTTLE DOWN
03. WHISKEY DON'T MAKE ME CRY
04. MILK SKIN WOMAN
05. BAD WOMEN
06. BRANDY
07. FRONT PORCH COMPANY
08. WHERE'S MY WOMAN
09. MY BABY DON'T LOVE ME
10. ALONE IN THE WORLD
11. MERCY


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR150 - $14.99

Excellent sophmore studio disc by this way-kool, blues-based, vintage hard rock band featuring 11 tracks of awesome, dynamic, soul-powered, organic, bluesy, retro-sonic, guitar rock mojo that takes us down home and to a better place. Black Mountain Prophet dig deep and shine like diamonds with their Southern blues/rock roots on the essential "Tales From The South."

Black Mountain Prophet hail from the backwoods of Kentucky & Tennessee. A modern day band steeped in Classic 70s rock heritage. Fronted by the charismatic Jarrod England (Rufus Huff) on lead vocals & guitar, Brother England sings us songs about whiskey, women and redemption & also swings a mean six string axe. Drenched in the blues and soul-power, the man is a legit musical throw-back to the days we learned to love & believe in rock n' roll. B.M.P. also features Bob Watkins (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies) on guitar, Brian Witty on bass and Chris Hardesty on drums. All excellent accomplished seasoned musical brothers who combine to create the outstanding pure Black Mountain Prophet sound. "Tales From The South" was recorded at Thundershack Studios in Nashville with Brodie Hutcheson (Gov't Mule) who did an excellent job on the essential new B.M.P. disc.

The Black Mountain Prophet: "Tales From The South" disc is a way-kool slice of retro-fied hard rock mojo that lands timeless and classic. B.M.P. are keeping it REAL with their brand of authentic 100 proof whiskey soaked music. Highly recommended to fans of true rock n' roll.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. FEEL GOOD MAMA
02. LAY THAT BOTTLE DOWN
03. WHISKEY DON'T MAKE ME CRY
04. MILK SKIN WOMAN
05. BAD WOMEN
06. BRANDY
07. FRONT PORCH COMPANY
08. WHERE'S MY WOMAN
09. MY BABY DON'T LOVE ME
10. ALONE IN THE WORLD
11. MERCY

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· reviews ·

Funky hard rock, southern style, that doesn’t quit from start to finish. Excellently crafted, and in some ways reminiscent of the best of the Stones and the Allman Brothers Band, BLACK MOUNTAIN PROPHET treats us to an assortment of tasteful originals. And yet there’s something familiar here, too. Ah, I know what it is: It’s the Jagger and Duane component. Now, we know that Jagger comes from England — but Duane?? Just messin with ya. The England I’m talking about here is Jarrod England, whose voice brings to mind Jagger with vocal training, and slide that — ya gotta hear it — outdoes Duane. Teamed with Bob Watkins on second guitar, Brian Witty on bass, and Chris Hardesty on drums, “Tales from the South” is a feast for the ears. Turn it up, sit back, and allow yourself into guitar heaven.

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (January 2017)
 


As big fans of the band’s last release 'Notorious Sinner' (2013) we were eager for the release of 'Tales from the South' and are pleased to announce, it does not disappoint. Right off the bat, this is a killer disc! Jarrod England has one the best voices in rock ‘n” roll with guitar talent ‘o’ plenty. Assisted by Bob Watkins (lead and rhythm guitar), Brian Witty (bass) and Chris Hardesty (drums) the band bring to life guitar rock that is sophisticated, folksy and steeped in tradition. It’s also incredible heavy, instrumentally and lyrically, and woven deeply into the fabric of Americana rock. The album is captivating from the countdown into ‘Feel Good Mama’ to the distorted feedback of ‘Milk Skin Woman’ to the dusty blues of ‘Mercy’. Produced with a nod to old ‘78s the disc rolls out with timeworn authenticity and electric static that touches on every aural neuron. ‘Front Porch Company’ lends itself as an all-encompassing summary to the record with a laidback ‘70s Allman Brothers vibe, a roots groove and an emotional vocal.

‘Whiskey Don’t Make Me Cry’ rocks it up into Skynyrd territory as the drum taps out a marching dirge and the band gathers ‘round for a howling chorus. The lead break cuts through the dense rhythm and hazy guitar making room for some damn fine storytelling. Then there’s the badass open chord riffing of ‘Lay That Bottle Down’ that brings the rock up front and center chasing ‘That Smell’ with warnings of that ‘ol brown liquor’ and the danger that it brings. There are moments England conjures up the ghost of Frankie Miller as in the moody “My Babe Don’t Love Me’ and the aforementioned title track ‘Feel Good Mama’ with its rogue narrative and slick lick. In the slide-grinder ‘Alone in the World’ it’s the instrumental layers that build the house, while the funky-shake of 'Bad Woman' celebrates the band’s diversity and true appreciation for Sly and the Family Stone. Most of the songs are about drinkin’ and women (like most good rock ‘n’ roll) but they dig down deep with the retro-picking ‘Brandy’ and the Free-like ‘Where’s My Woman” as the crowning jewels of this package.

Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (September 2016)
 


Black Mountain Prophet (BMP) is a vintage American hard rock band with a bluesy feel. The foursome is from Kentucky and Tennessee and is led by frontman Jarrod England (Rufus Huff). The other band members are guitarist Bob Watkins (Screamin 'Cheetah Wheelies), bassist Brian Witty and drummer Chris Hardesty.

"Tales From The South", the album that BMP released recently, is an album with eleven original guitar rock tracks. It was recorded at Thundershack Studios in Nashville led by producer Brodie Hutcheson (Gov't Mule). The songs are about the known, favorite rock themes such as "drink" (read whiskey) ("Lay That Bottle Down", "Whiskey Don't Make My Cry," "Brandy" ...) and the inevitable theme of "women" ("Bad Women"," Where's My Woman"); with the following songs that stood out more because they among all the rock violence made at the right time for rest: the ballad "Front Porch Company" quiet very bluesy "My Baby Do not Love Me" and (still a slide number...) "Milk Skin Woman".

"Tales From The South", the second studio album by Black Mountain Prophet is a retro hard rock album that the authenticity of Black Mountain Prophet is reaffirmed. A must for all fans of "100% true rock n' roll whiskey soaked music.

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime - Belgium (August 2016)
 


A smoky joint, people sipping beers and bobbing their heads to the groove coming from band in the corner. That’s the picture I see when I hear opening track “Feel Good Mama”. I really liked the band’s debut album, but on this one they’ve really dug down deep to find the true southern roots. Jarrod England handles lead vocals, rhythm/lead/slide guitars and harmonica, Bob Watkins plays rhythm/lead guitar, Brian Witty handles the bass and Chris Hardesty sits behind the drums. I’ve always had a weak spot for Jarrod’s raspy bluesy voice ever since I heard the outstanding Rufus Huff album. The production is very earthy, analogue and organic with a lot of room in the drum sound, which I love. Tales From The South may not be as heavy as the band’s debut, but this one has a different feel with other qualities appealing to other sides of my musical taste buds. “Whiskey Don’t Make Me Cry” is very cool and laid back, with a touch of vintage Allman Brothers meets Skynyrd and a touch of Americana. It’s a very naked album, sounding like you’re actually IN the room together with the band. Even though I know Jarrod can’t sing, play rhythm guitar, slide and harmonica at the same time, it sure does sound like he does. Well, I do stand corrected - the album was recorded 95 % live in the studio, I'm informed, one track even totally live. Recording live in the studio is a dying artform, which should be encouraged! Well done, boys! “Milk Skin Woman” actually gave me a touch of another band I really love, Swamp Cabbage. “Bad Women” brings in a bit of the funk vibe also found on the Rufus Huff album. Jarrod sings this so damn good! There’s so much feel in his voice, it feels like he’s literally singing his heart out. All in all, different from what I expected, but really good different! Love it!

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (August 2016)
 


Tales From The South is one of those album titles that leaves little to the imagination. Black Mountain Prophet play Southern Rock, but not the shit kicking Blackfoot kind, instead Tales... is a more considered affair paying homage first to the blues and only then introducing any rock elements. Based round Jarrod England, who handles everything from vocals to rhythm guitars, some slide guitar, a little harmonica and a tappity tap of percussion, and Bob Watkins, who keeps it easier by simply playing guitar – rhythm and lead, the band are ably rounded out by bassist Brian Witty and drummer Chris Hardesty.

When the guys rock it up, as they do on "Where's My Woman", a loose Free meets Skynyrd via BB King rocks, rolls and swaggers into view, while the lay it down thick and hard of "Feel Good Mama" brings a slight vibe of ZZ Top. A little countrified air is breathed in deep on "Whiskey Don't Make Me Cry", a slow easy groove always underpinned by a real sense of dirt and sweat, although the backing vocals from Aris Deck add an extra little touch of class. Vocally England is a heart and soul over practice and precision man, his soulful delivery only really coming a little unstuck on the slow, acoustic strum of "Brandy" or easy sway of "Front Porch Company". However the slightly more commercial slide (in more ways than one – the slide guitar work from the singing guitarist is a joy here) of "Alone In The World" finds him slap bang in his element. The drawl and power behind his voice perfect for the pounding drums, which play off the lightest touch of guitars with ease. The out and out blues rumble of "Mercy" shows the true, uncompromising twin guitar power that both he and Watkins can bring, although the ethos here is authenticity instead of flash and it's all the better for it.

Shaping authentic blues into their own vision, Black Mountain Prophet are here to tell you the future through a hat tipping nod to the past. Blues fans everywhere should be ready to take in their Tales From The South.

STEVEN REID / SEA OF TRANQUILITY (AUGUST 2016)
 


Whiskey soaked rocking tunes that are well written, mixed in a sonic brew of emotion making, 'Tales From The South' the sophomore release from the Kentucky/Tennessee Based blues rock outfit, Black Mountain Prophet, a keeper. Jarrod England on lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar on the right speaker, slide guitar, harmonica and percussions. Bob Watkins (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies) on guitar, Brian Witty on bass and Chris Hardesty on drums. The new album is drenched in a deep southern fried blues vibe that draws you in without any resistance. It's that type of album one might find in the back stock room of some funky old down south record shop. You'd pick it up, dust it off, put it on the player, drop the needle and hear something you may have heard before. As is evident of the first two tracks, the slide heavy, swamp boogie rocker, "Feel Good Mama", that packs one hell of a bite. Followed up by the freight train rocker, "Lay Down The Bottle", will make you think, wow... i've heard these songs before... but you haven't, but damn, it sounds so familiar. That is the overall vibe I got right off the bat. Other album highlights include the laid back country flavored, "Whiskey Don't Make Me Cry", the down and dirty swagger of "Milk Skin Woman". While "Brandy" has that Allman Bros. meets Little Feet flair. "Front Porch Company" is cool as well with its deep south acoustic charm. Black Mountain Prophet really play to your emotions on this effort and after playing the album through you are thinking: wow that blew me away, I need to play this again! The sound fits the songs perfectly. All told, if you like no-nonsense blues based rock with both conviction and diversity, you can't go wrong with 'Tales From The South' a recording that is drenched in a deep blues southern flavored sound. Making for one serious gumbo and a listen that will certainly make you hungry for more! There's nothing missing here, in my opinion. Black Mountain Prophet has got it all: heart, swagger and soul in glorious abundance. I enjoyed ,'Tales From The South' immensely. - Highly Recommended.

TONY SISON / THE DEDICATED ROCKER SOCIETY (JULY 2016)
 



 


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