Renowned recording artists Craig Erickson, and ‘Dirty’ Dave Osti recently teamed up as Grande Revival to record a hands-down, kick-ass album of guitar-centric blues-rock songs called Liberty Station. Penning five tracks each, Erickson and Osti take turns singing their songs, rocking the sound of dual guitars with Anthony James Tuco on bass, and Cosmo Benz on drums. Having two alpha powerhouse guitarists on each song makes for an amazing listen.
“Scars on the Road”, kicks the saloon-doors open as Dirty Dave fearlessly rips it up on guitar keeping the riffs infectious and the licks hotter than hell. Smothered generously with his whisky-soaked vocals, this one fully grabs my attention. The mellow groove Erickson weaves through “Cabin in the Country” pulls me right in. The tones he harvests from his guitar bring to mind those of Tommy Bolin’s “Wild Dogs”. Osti’s vocal styling topped with harmonizing guitars instill a huge Black Oak Arkansas vibe in title-track “Liberty Station”. This southern-rocker is ear-candy for the guitar-lovers soul and features guest guitarist Stavros Papadopoulos from Greece. “Gypsy Southern Highway”, another Osti song, immediately follows, breaking free of its gentle, melodic beginning and evolves into a phenomenal, fierce, hard-driving jam. “Sweet Comfort of Love” embraces the sounds of Seventies southern-rock in an Allman Brothers kind of way, as Erickson sings about searching for love. “Big River Moon” brings the album to its close in a grand way. Osti and Erickson sound great together.
Liberty Station is a terrific debut album from Grande Revival. I hope to hear more from these guitar masters in the future.